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Happy Birthday Yeezus: Relive Kanye's Best Rants Over The Years

I'ma let you finish, but we've got the best Kanye rants of all time! 

We love Kanye. The bad mood Kanye, the always rude Kanye, spaz in the news Kanye. After all, where would the world be, if Kanye didn't rant about whatever it is that goes on in his mind?

Throughout his lengthy career in the music industry and the fashion business, Yeezy has made headlines for his strong convictions, which have led to some pretty epic rants. From setting the record straight on how former President Bush feels about black people, to letting everyone know that no one really has all the answers, but him, Kanye has given the culture memorable moment after memorable moment.

And today, the Chicago rapper is ready to blow the candles out on his 39th birthday cake. So we're going to let him finish, but VIBE is giving you the list of Ye's best rants of all time, in celebration of this milestone.

Happy Birthday Kanye!

1. 2016 Twitter Rant Against Wiz Khalifa

Memorable Quote: "You have distracted from my creative process."

The world definitely wasn't ready when Pablo went in with full force after Wiz Khalifa commented about Kanye playing hot potato with various album titles ahead of the release of his highly acclaimed album, The Life of Pablo. When the "Ultralight Beam" rapper initially settled on using "WAVES," as the title, Wiz immediately took shots at Kanye. "There is no wave without him," Wiz said. The "him" he was referencing was Max B, who is believed to be the originator of the term.

Yeezy doesn't take kindly to criticism. After catching wind of the negative feedback, Kanye stepped out of his creative process to unleash a 33-tweet rant, coming for Wiz's whole life -- his ex-wife, Amber Rose and child included. “Oh ni**as must think I’m not petty cause I’m the best that’s ever made music," he began. “No one I know has ever listened to one of your albums all the way through.”

Most of his rant has since been deleted and the two reportedly made up, but his words have burned a special place in our minds forever.

2. 2015MTV VMA's Video Vanguard Speech

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Memorable Quote: "I just wanted people to like me more. “But f**k that, bro!"

Kanye is willing to die for the art, or at least that's what he said during his acceptance speech for the Video Vanguard Award at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards. The rapper took the stage to accept the honor, following frenemy, Taylor Swift's introduction. Any normal honoree would thank the "academy" for the great award, shout out their mother, aunts, family, producers, etc. But normal, isn't Kanye's style. It's hard to keep up with what was actually bothering the lyricist, but he began by picking at the network's push for ratings. "You know how many times they announced Taylor was going to give me the award ’cause it got them more ratings?"

Then things took a different direction as he called out his fight for artistic integrity. "Listen to the kids, bro! I still don’t understand awards shows,' he exclaimed. "I don’t understand how they get five people who worked their entire life … sold records, sold concert tickets to come stand on the carpet and for the first time in they life be judged on the chopping block and have the opportunity to be considered a loser! I don’t understand it, bruh!"

And since no one seems to be listening to the kids, or supporting creative ideas, Kanye made one declaration , followed by one of the most epic mic drops. "If my grandfather was here right now he would not let me back down! It’s about ideas, bro. New ideas, people with ideas. People who believe in truth. And yes, as you probably could have guessed by this moment, I have decided in 2020 to run for president."

3. 2013 "Sway In The Morning"

Memorable Quote: "You ain't got the answers Sway!"

"How Sway?!" Many people were probably wondering how Sway Calloway got into this war against Kanye after seeing his 2013 interview in which, Ye blasted the radio personality. The quotable interview went viral after the "Jesus Walks" rapper attacked the radio host for trying to tell him about the music industry. "I been doing this more than you! You ain’t been doing the education! You don’t have the answers, though, because you tryna give me advice about something. You ain’t spend $13 million a year tryna empower yourself…" The rapper went on to compare himself to many icons that came before him. "I am standing up and I’m telling you. I. Am. Warhol. I am the number one most impactful artist of our generation, in the flesh. I am Shakespeare, Walt Disney. Nike. Google. Now who’s gonna be the Medici Family and stand up and let me create more?" Needless to say, don't come to Kanye thinking you have all the answers, because you don't.

4. 2012 Atlantic City Benefit Concert

Memorable Quote: "I ain't crazy, I'm just not satisfied."

Contrary to popular belief, Kanye isn't going mad. During his performance of his squad goals song, "Clique," he dispelled any lasting rumors questioning his sanity, "They'll try to tell you Kanye's so crazy, so deranged. … I ain't crazy, I'm just not satisfied," he declared. Short, sweet, and to the point.

5. 2011 Big Chill Festival

Memorable Quote: "I'm f**king insane, like I'm Hitler."

Kanye has compared himself to a lot of people, God, Andy Warhol, Walt Disney are included. But nobody expected him to connect to the Nazi dictator, Adolf Hitler at the 2011 Big Chill Festival. Let him explain though. "I walk through the hotel and I walk down the street, and people look at me like I'm f**king insane, like I'm Hitler," he said. Once again, let's reiterate that Kanye is not crazy; he just has a lot on his mind. "You all know I'm a perfectionist. And you know the media tries to spin it like I'm a monster because what they like to do is catch the photograph of me screaming... and they realize, it's to make a better product for ya'll," he added.

6. 2010 Matt Lauer Interview on Today

Memorable Quote: "I didn’t need you guys to prompt my emotions...I don't need all the jazz."

Poor Matt Lauer. A lot of artists and public figures have sat beside the TODAY host, but probably none as charismatic as Kanye. The rapper appeared on the Today Show, to speak with Laeur about his controversial comments about former President George Bush. The host fired the hard hitting questions, which Ye attempted to counter. But Kanye got heated after the producers began to run footage of a distraught Bush while he was speaking. "You don't have to do the TV stuff with me; this is reality. I don't need all the jazz," he said. "Can we be quiet for a second?" And the set was hushed momentarily, until Lauer brought up another controversial moment in his career. When footage of Kanye crashing the 2009 VMA's stage flashed on the screen, the rapper noticeably grew aggravated. "If you're going to run this thing in the middle while I'm talking," he said. The host cautioned him that it wouldn't happen again. But I'm hearing it while I'm trying to talk," he continued. "Please don't let that happen again, ridiculous."

7. 2009 Kanye vs. Taylor Swift

And now we've come to what may be one of Kanye's most infamous OMG moments. At the 2009 MTV, Video Music Awards, Yeezus felt like he needed to speak for the Bey Hive on the "injustice" that came when the Best Female Video. Taylor Swift nabbed the win for her video, "You Belong To Me." But if you asked the pissed off Kanye, she shouldn't have won. As she began her acceptance speech, Ye joined the stage, taking the mic from the poster amid her thank you's. "Yo Taylor, I'm really happy for you, I'll let you finish, but Beyoncé has one of the best videos of all time. One of the best videos of all time!" T. Swift stood mortified beside the rapper; Beyonce was seen in the audience in total shock. But Ye, seemed unfazed. He shrugged it off, handed back the mic, and left the stage.

8. 2006 MTV EMA's

Memorable Quote: "If I don't win, the awards show loses credibility."

This is what happens when Kanye doesn't win an award that he believes is rightfully his. The world found out when he didn't win at the 2006 European Music Awards for his video for "Touch The Sky." He lost to Justice vs. Simeon's "We Are Your Friends." And not being able to contain himself, he crashed the group's acceptance speech, obviously a little toasted off the "slippy sippy." He cited that his video should have won because it combined icons like Pamela Anderson with fashion and amazing visuals. "It’s nothing against you. I’ve never seen your video," he said. Still, Kanye felt he deserved the win and wasn’t going to lose quietly. The thing about this rant was it probably gave Yeezy the impression that running up on stage is a totally normal thing to do.

9. 2005 Hurricane Katrina

Memorable Quote: "George Bush doesn't care about black people."

Many were thinking it, but Kanye said it. During NBC's Benefit Concert for Hurricane Katrina Relief, which was held in support for the residents of New Orleans in distress after the monster storm, Kanye made some blunt remarks about the ways in which African Americans have been treated.

"I hate the way they portray us in the media. If you see a black family, it says they’re looting, and you know that it’s been five days, because most of the people are black," he said. "And even for me to complain about it, I would be a hypocrite because I’ve tried to turn away from the TV, because it’s too hard to watch. We already realize a lot of people that could help are at war right now, fighting another way, and they have given them permission to go down and shoot us."

Mike Myers, who stood beside the rapper tried to get the PSA back on track by asking viewers to donate to efforts helping the New Orleans residents, but he was unsuccessful. "George Bush doesn’t care about black people," he said, looking straight into the camera. Mike Myers awkwardly stood there baffled. That's sure a moment he will never forget.

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Bill Withers' Greatest Hits: Remixed, Sampled And Covered

The recent loss of legends in jazz, soul and classical music have saddened the music industry and reminded us of their touching gifts to music. The passing of Manu Dibango, Krzysztof Penderecki, Ellis Marsalis Jr., Bucky Pizzarelli and Alan Merrill brought endless tributes from peers and fans with the recent loss of soul singer-songwriter Bill Withers doing the same.

With a mirage of hits, the iconic songwriter left his mark on music with the release of his debut album Just As I Am in 1971. "Ain't No Sunshine" put a spotlight on his songwriting while 1977's "Lovely Day" reminded the industry of his signature vocals. Withers released eight studio albums, one live album and garnered three Grammys for his powerful songs that gave hope and love to fans to this day.

Hip-hop and R&B have gained the most from Withers as his music went on to inspire records like "No Diggity" by BLACKStreet, "Roses" by Kanye West and other songs from UGK, Dr. Dre, Jill Scott and more.

Take a look at some of Withers' finest tunes covered, remixed and sampled below.


8. “Lovely Day” | Menagerie (1977)

Sampled On: T.W.D.Y., “Player’s Holiday” | Derty Werk (1999) LunchMoneyLewis - “It's Gonna Be A Lovely Day” feat. Aminè | Pets 2 Soundtrack (2019) Swizz Beatz - “Take A Picture” |One Man Band (2007)

Standout: T.W.D.Y., “Player’s Holiday” | Derty Werk (1999)

Short for "The Whole Damn Yay," the group used Withers' sample while throwing a splash of The Bay's laid back flavor. With cameos from future legends like E-40 and Ray Luv, the single already embodied the best of R&B and hip-hop with guest verses from Too Short, Mac Mall and Otis & Shug. The mimosas and yacht are also a great touch.

Covered By: Jill Scott, The Original Jill Scott from the Vault Vol. 1 (2011) Alt-J, This Is All Yours (2014) Robert Glasper Experiment, Black Radio 2 (2013) Kirk Franklin, The Nu Nation Project (1998)

Standout: Kirk Franklin, The Nu Nation Project (1998)

Who was going to beat a chorus singing to the lordt? Franklin's take on the classic gives us stirring gospel and appreciation for Withers and God. There are plenty of covers that have lifted the same vocals as Withers, but the ones listed have put their unique spin on the track.

7. “Ain't No Sunshine” | Just As I Am (1971)

Sampled On: DMX - “No Sunshine” | Exit Wounds Soundtrack (2001) Lil B - “Up And Down” | Based Jam (2012) 2Pac- "Soulja's Story" |  2Pacalypse Now (1991)

Standout: DMX - “No Sunshine” | Exit Wounds Soundtrack (2001)

"No Sunshine" served as the only single from DMX's film alongside Steven Seagal, which gave everyone the perfect backdrop to the movie and X's intricate storytelling. Both the original and flipped version points out the dark elements of our lives. Withers penned the song after watching the film 1962 movie Days of Wine and Roses, he pondered over the toxicity in his life. "Sometimes you miss things that weren't particularly good for you," he said in 2004 to SongFacts. "It's just something that crossed my mind from watching that movie, and probably something else that happened in my life that I'm not aware of."

Covered By: Soul For Real | Candy Rain (1994) Michael Jackson | Got to Be There (1972) The Boris Gardiner Happening | Is What's Happening (1973) The Temptations | Solid Rock (1972)

Standout: Michael Jackson | Got to Be There (1972)

At 14, the future King of Pop gave a riveting cover of Withers' hit for his debut album, Got To Be There. From his vocal control throughout the track to the instrumentation, his cover takes the song to another level of heartbreak.

6. "Grandma's Hands” | Just As I Am (1971)

Sampled On: BLACKstreet - “No Diggity” feat. Dr. Dre and Queen Pen | Another Level (1996) Big K.R.I.T. - “I Gotta Stay” | K.R.I.T. Wuz Here (2010) Brother Ali - “Waheedah's Hands” | Champion (2004)

Standout: BLACKstreet - “No Diggity” feat. Dr. Dre and Queen Pen | Another Level (1996)

R&B heads are well aware of BLACKstreet's neverending ballads and the genius of Teddy Riley. But the pivot of their sound for their sophomore album Another Level was due to Withers and the William “Stylez” Stewart. Speaking to Fact Mag in 2017, the creator of New Jack Swing gave credit to Stylez for bringing him the sample of "Grandma's Hands."

“If he hadn’t played that sample for me, there would never be a ‘No Diggity’ And if he didn’t write it according to the melody I gave him so it would sound that way because I wanted it to sound funky,” he said. “I wanted it to be appealing to everyone, but mostly to women. I wanted every woman to feel like they were the ‘No Diggity’ girl and that song was about them and it came across. And now, still, today, that song plays and people are on that dancefloor.”

Covered By: Gil Scott-Heron, Reflections (1981) Merry Clayton, Merry Clayton (1971) Barbra Streisand, Butterfly (1974)

Standout: Gil Scott-Heron, Reflections (1981)

Gil Scott-Heron's version of the soul classic reminded us of his versatile talents. From spoken word to his vocal abilities, the Godfather of rap music always came through with his own sound and style. Reflections was one of four albums the late artist dropped in the 80s with critics looking to it as one of his finest projects. Other cuts from the album included "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)" and "B Love."

5. "Use Me" | Still Bill (1972)

Sampled On: Kendrick Lamar - “Sing About Me, I'm Dying Of Thirst"  | Good kid, Maad City (2012) J. Cole- "Dollar And A Dream II" | The Warm-Up (2009) Leela James - “So Good" | Fall For You (2014) UGK - "Use Me Up" | The Southern Way (1992)

Standout: Kendrick Lamar - “Sing About Me, I'm Dying Of Thirst"  | Good kid, Maad City (2012)

Lamar's take on "Use Me" blended right into the themes of his debut album, Good kid, Maad City allowing the artist to create another world on the project. To make things even better, Lamar also sampled Al Green's "I'm Glad You're Mine" for the track.

Covered By: Grace Jones, Indigo Nights, Live (2008) Mick Jagger feat. Lenny Kravitz, Wandering Spirit  (2004) Issac Hayes, Dr. Dolittle Soundtrack (1998)

Standout: Mick Jagger feat. Lenny Kravitz, Wandering Spirit (2004)

On his third solo album, Jagger linked with Rick Rubin to test his creative energy, allowing him to work with Lenny Kravitz on their version of "Use Me." Colliding worlds was one thing but to hear Kravitz's vocals come in on the bridge, set the track apart from the rest.

4. “Kissing My Love” | Still Bill (1972)

Sampled On: J. Cole - “The Cut Off" featuring kiLL Edward  | KOD (2018) Dr. Dre - "Let Me Ride" featuring Snoop Dogg, RC and Jewell | The Chronic (1992) Masta Ace- "Movin On" | Take A Look Around (1990) Master P- "Bastard Child" | The Ghettos Tryin To Kill Me! | 1994

Standout: Dr. Dre - "Let Me Ride" featuring Snoop Dogg, RC and Jewell | The Chronic (1992)

"Kissing My Love" is one of most sampled from Withers catalog, thanks to its feverish drums. It's also why it fits into Dr. Dre's single and the G-funk era.

3. Grover Washington's “Just The Two of Us” featuring Bill Withers | Winelight (1981)

Sampled/Covered On:  Will Smith - “Just The Two of Us” | Big Willie Style (1997) Eminem- "Just The Two of Us" | Slim Shady EP (1997) Keri Hilson- "Pretty Girl Rock" | No Boys Allowed (2010)

Standout: Will Smith - “Just The Two of Us” | Big Willie Style (1997)

Touching and soulful, Smith's dedication to his eldest son Trey is just too cute for words.

2. “Let It Be” | Just As I Am  (1967)

The Original: The Beatles - “Let It Be” | Let It Be (1968)

"Let It Be" is a pretty special record. Aretha Franklin recorded a version a year before the release of The Beatles' version and Withers gave his take on the record in the 70s. Slightly faster, his upbeat take on "Let It Be" just hits different.

1. “Rosie” | Menagerie Re-Issue (1977)

Sampled On: Kanye West - “Roses” |  Late Registration (2005)

As the somber part of Late Registration, "Roses" brings us into Kanye's world where he contemplates the mortality of a loved one. It's a sentimental take on the sample and one of the artist's most underrated songs. It's also a hidden gem for Withers as it isn't featured on Menagerie's LP. It was added as a bonus track on

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Remain Calm: 5 Ways To Curve Negative Effects Of Coronavirus Isolation

Self-isolation during the coronavirus outbreak seems to be best practice in keeping our families and peers safe but it's also a shift in our normal social behavior. As millions of families around the country get adjusted to self-isolation, the state of our mental health and how our bodies react to the practice are changing by the day, especially lower-income and marginalized groups.

Speaking with Wired, John Vincent, a clinical psychologist at the University of Houston, shared how apathetic behavior can rise to the forefront, making space for anxiety and depression.

“People start getting lethargic when they don’t have positive inputs into their small worlds,” Vincent says. “We can expect depression to kick in, and depression and anxiety are kissing cousins.”

But the biggest reason behind the uneasiness isn't the self-isolation but just how long it will last. Details of COVID-19 are changing by the day with the most cases now coming out of New York. Yet, there's still little to no information on what happens next.

“Open, transparent, consistent communication is the most important thing governments and organizations can do: Make sure people understand why they are being quarantined first and foremost, how long it is expected to last,” Samantha Brooks of King’s College London told the outlet. “A huge factor in the negative psychological impact seems to be confusion about what's going on, not having clear guidelines, or getting different messages from different organizations.”

Uncertainty hitting low income and marginalized groups is also a problem within itself. As virtual parties and celebrities opening up on social media happen on a daily, there are people who might not access fun distractions on the web.

“Some people have posited technology as a means of connecting people, but lower-income groups might not even have FaceTime or Skype or minutes on their phone,” Thomas Cudjoe, a geriatrician researching the intersection of social connections and aging at Johns Hopkins University says. “People take that for granted, using their devices can be a strain on people’s incomes.”

To make self-isolation less than a bore or a daunting task, experts suggest creating a schedule to dictate control in your home.

1. Work It Out

Gyms are closed, but your home can be transformed into a personal training center. Use heavy bags for weights and if you can, create a playlist of workouts on YouTube. For those who have memberships for Blink or Peloton, the platforms have streamed their workouts on apps.

2. Mindful Meditation

Meditation isn't about dumping your thoughts, it's about staying aware and mindful. AQUA has developed online that leverages the power of "Mindful Meditation and Mobility Movements" for flexibility and fluidity in the body. Classes are free of charge but feel free to donate.

3. Take It Back To High School

Give your friends a call or indulge in a FaceTime party. Feel free to use the Wifi in your home to reduce the amount of data used on your phone. Lala Anthony held a too-cute FT birthday party for writer Kiyonna Anthony with a 70s theme. You can also find creative ways to hop on the phone with friends and family instead of constantly chatting about 'rona.


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We made the best out of our quarantine situation🎉‼️FACETIME 70s Party💃🏽🎉HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY NIECE @kiyonnathewriter ❤️❤️💃🏽💃🏽SHOUT OUT TO ALL MY ARIES ♈️ MAKE THE BEST OF IT!!!😘

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4. Start A Journal

Journals just aren't for kids. The practice not only gives you something to do, but it fuels creativity and a new level of self-awareness. Former First Lady Michelle Obama recently developed Becoming: A Guided Journal for Discovering Your Voice, with over 150 inspiring questions and quotes that connect to key themes in her memoir. The journal will also help bring readers to terms with the importance of family and personal reflections as well as the goals they'd like to make a reality.

5. Have a Dance Party or Enjoy Lo-Fi Beats To Quarantine To

If you don't have data or battery power to watch a virtual DJ party, make your own. If you have to pull out your record player, do it! You can also hop on your favorite streaming service and create a playlist all your own.

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From Teen Sensation To Vocal Bible: Brandy's 15 Best Songs

September 27, 2019 marked the 25th anniversary of the multiplatinum self-titled debut album by one of R&B’s greatest voices, Brandy Rayana Norwood, or simply Brandy. She was already well on her way to stardom prior to her debut as a background vocalist for Immature and one of the stars of the short-lived ABC series, Thea. However, it was the album Brandy that set her on the path to tremendous success.

Since officially bursting onto the scene in 1994 sporting her well-known braided crown of glory, she has been a force to be reckoned with. She was handpicked by her idol, the late Whitney Houston, to portray the role of the first Black Cinderella in the 1997 film Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella. Her show Moesha was one of the longest-running black sitcoms. Brandy was also a CoverGirl in 1999 and became a friend of Barbie that same year when Mattel released the Brandy Doll. In music, she’s released six studio albums, sold more than 40 million records worldwide, headlined three world tours, and won more than 30 awards including seven Billboard Music Awards, a Grammy and the Soul Train Lady of Soul Award. Brandy deserves her flowers.

Let’s check out the top 15 songs that helped solidify Brandy as your favorite singer’s favorite singer (just ask Solange) and earned her the title of the “Vocal Bible.”

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