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I’m not going to say it’s hard to be Kanye West, but when you listen to the two released tracks from his upcoming album 808s & Heartbreak, you feel something.  From the sound of these tracks, I’m going to say this album is going to be unlike any other in his collection. The release of this album is already unique with a listening party involving Italian designer Vanessa Beecroft, an LA gallery, and 40 naked women (sorry, no photos.)

The first single, “Love Lockdown,” has Kanye using Auto-Tune technology, diving deep into his heart about the hardships of love. Now, he comes out with “Heartless,” which delves into even deeper, darker places. With a brooding beat and lyrics like, “somewhere far along this road, he lost his soul, to a woman so heartless”, it’s like an Auto-Tune freight train of pain, sorrow and heartache that will run you over. Feel it for yourself by downloading the track.

Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

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Gallery: Kanye West Goes Darker with Heartless


Eminem RelapseJust when you thought Eminem was well off the rap radar, the former superstar is in the spotlight again. His “I’m Having a Relapse” is making the rounds of the Internet, there’s talk of a possible new tour…and he’s even got a book coming out.

I know what you’re thinking - does it carry a parental warning? Can the rapper who can’t get through a ditty without dropping the “f-bomb” several times really compose a coherent literary sentence? According to early reviews, the memoir is a rather poignant look at the life of this poor kid-turned celebrity.

The book, “The Way I Am” details the childhood and growing years of Marshall Bruce Mathers III (better known as Slim Shady, Eminem and “that white guy who raps”). The 200 pages of the book are stuffed with text and never-before-publicly-seen pictures that take fans inside the hard life of this celeb.

The tome’s prologue offers some insight into where Eminem has been hiding since 2006, when the death of his best friend Deshaun Holton (rapper Proof) caused him to leave the limelight. “After he passed, it was a year before I could really do anything normally again,” the book explains. “It was tough for me to even get out of bed, and I had days when I couldn’t walk, let alone write a rhyme.”

Proof, also a Detroit denizen, helped get Slim Shady into the city’s scene.

The book actually holds back little. Eminem recounts his drug abuse problems, how he invented the character Slim Shady and even his love life. It hits shelves tomorrow, conveniently close to the time when his latest album, Relapse, will debut (which will be some time before the year 2008 is over).

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Gallery: Marshall Mathers: Back in a Big Way