Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Kanye West on Kim Kardashian: "Most beautiful woman of all-time"

If you aren't already tired of Kanye West, well, maybe this interview will help you over the edge.

Mr. West - along with girlfriend Kim Kardashian - joined Hot 97 radio host Angie Martinez for an interview on Monday.

The interview was, of course, was all over the place. [not the fault of Angie, but you already know Kanye can ramble]

He professed his love for the mother of his child, and even declared her "the most beautiful woman of all-time...of human existence. I don't give a [expletive] what type of jacket she got on."

He further insisted that the famous Kardashian - who is famous for all of the wrong reasons - should get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

"The most relevant thing to ever happen to the Walk of Fame is her wanting a star on the Walk of Fame. And then me bringing it up," West said to laughs from Martinez.

"Kermit the Frog got a star," West added.

The "Through the Wire" rapper even tried to provide some insight into his own antics and rants.

"You don't have to be scared of me because I am loyal," West said.

"Why are people so scared of creative ideas and so scared of truth? All I want to do is do good. Have I ever actually done bad? Have I ever talked down on someone?...All I want to do is influence and do good."

As for the future, West says he may have two kids and he will definitely be married.

He also said he would like to compare himself to, wait for it, Willy Wonka.

"And welcome to my chocolate factory," West said.

To watch this interview with Hot 97's Angie Martinez, see the clips below:

Kanye announces deal with Adidas; says he's going to be bigger than Walmart

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Kanye West tour kicks off in Seattle and brings out "Jesus"; Fans say it was the "worst" and the "best"

 Credit: Twitter

Kanye West may be too busy being into himself that he forgot how to put on a good concert. And a special guest appearance by "Jesus" didn't help much.

At least that's what some concertgoers are saying following his Saturday night performance in at the Key Arena in Seattle, where some fans called the show "weird" and the "worst."

Some are even going as far to say that Mr. West was upstaged by opening act Kendrick Lamar.

The show was the first stop on the "Yeezus" tour, and it was highly anticipated by fans, including one who texted MFeenz.com during the show.

"This concert SUCKS," wrote the West fan who texted MFeenz.com.

Oh, and there was more.

"Worst concert I have ever been to. People are sleeping and leaving," she continued in another text.

The tour kicked off just as West was getting used to fatherhood.

Kim Kardashian, West's girlfriend, gave birth to their daughter, North West, in June, and maybe he's changed too many diapers and just forgot to prepare for the show?

Part of the problem could have been that his set started two hours late, according to fans.

 Credit: Twitter

"Damn you Kanye for starting your concert 2 freaking hours late. I just want to go to sleep and you're annoying now. lol ugh," wrote Twitter user @NAChristensen.

Another Twitter user also bashed the rapper.

"@ the @kanyewest concert! So terrible! Yeezus really thinks he's a God! Biggest waste of money!" wrote @SeanLock75.


Sounds like he could have used Jesus to make a guest appearance during "Jesus Walks." Oh, wait, a man playing "Jesus" did come out!

Credit: Twitter

According to Twitter user @ComplexMusic, Kim Kardashian's baby daddy had some others highlights from the show, which ended well after 1 a.m. in Seattle.

He told the restless crowd, "You are the future. Don't let them enslave you," during his "Blood on the Leaves" outro.

He also stood in the middle of the stage screaming during "black skinhead" and he mentioned his mother.
Credit: Twitter

"They told me that my mother was no longer here and I could never speak to her again," West told the crowd before performing "Coldest Winter," according to @ComplexMusic.

The Twitter user also called one portion of the show "thematic."

"Kanye performing "Hold My Liquor" after "Coldest Winter" feels almost thematic. They go hand in hand," @ComplexMusic tweeted.

The Twitter user said there were clear crowd favorites like performances of "Mercy," "Cold" and "On Sight," while "I Am A God" didn't get such a good response.

And I'm not surprised.

After all, the West raps, "I am a God. Hurry up with my damn massage. Hurry up with my damn menage. Get the Porsche out the damn garage. I am a God."

Yeah, I'm not sure many people want to hear that at a concert.  I'm just saying.

Not everyone bashed the first show of his tour, which may not have been for everyone.

"If you're a TRUE @kanyewest fan you'd definitely understand his concert tonight," tweeted @GabbyBkillinEm.

Others are Twitter called the concert "badass," "legendary" and one concertgoer called him "weird" and "creepy." (West did wear a mask that looked like he was going to rob a bank!)

Another Twitter user said the concert just gave him a headache, while someone else tweeted it was the "best concert I've ever been to."

While the reaction to Mr. West is mixed, everyone seems to be on the same page regarding the opening act.

Kendrick Lamar opened the show, and may have been the best performer of the night.

According to reports, the entire crowd sang along to "Don't Kill My Vibe" and even chanted Lamar's name after he left the stage. Wow!

Did this rising hip-hop star upstage Mr. West?

That would seem to be the case, if what I'm hearing is accurate.

EXCLUSIVE DETAILS: Drake show postponed for safety concerns sparked by faulty catwalk, concertgoer says

Drake may not have made any new friends when his concert in Philadelphia was postponed before the rap star even hit the stage, but it may have been scrapped for a very good safety reason, MFEENZ.com has learned.

"I was there. He had a catwalk extended from the stage that circled the arena that could move vertically. When they did the final test at 8 p.m., the motor broke and [the catwalk] got stuck at the top with two techs on it," said Kevin Guyton, a concertgoer who was backstage at the Wells Fargo Center, told MFeenz.com.
The faulty catwalk at the Wells Fargo Center. Credit: Kevin Guyton

"They cleared the floor and the tour manager canceled the show stating it was too dangerous for Drake to be on it and people to sit under it. That's what was said backstage," Guyton told MFeenz.com.

The Saturday night show, which was scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., was postponed at 8:30 p.m. and fans who were already in their seats were not pleased, the concertgoer added.

Guyton described the scene as "a lot of booing and jeering, nothing serious, [people] was mad though."

Guyton said most fans did not know all of the details that he heard backstage, and were very puzzled by the abrupt nature of the postponement.

"They just said [to the fans that] the show had to be postponed very abrupt, very quickly," he said. "I thought Drake could have at least come out and explained the situation. Most people just thought he was being a diva. I figured it was the stage. It was one of the dopest and most complicated I had ever seen."

Because of the lack of information given to the fans about the postponemnet, many began to speculate on other reasons for the cancellation.

One rumor was that the "No New Friends" rapper was too high and drunk to perform.

But a Wells Fargo Center spokeswoman had a different story, which matches what Guyton heard backstage.

"Due to the elaborate nature of tonight's show and an unexpected technical issue, Drake's 'Would You Like A Tour' concert at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia has been postponed until Wednesday, December 18," spokeswoman Rebecca Goodman told Philly.com. She did not mention any specific details.

The new date further disappointed some fans.

Twitter user JadeXRochelle posted this photo on Twitter on Saturday night with the caption: "highly upset." Credit: Twitter

"Drake postponed his concert December 18th and since it's on a Wednesday I can't go," wrote Twitter user JadeXRochelle. "I really do feel some type of way."

She even went as far to say the postponement upset not just Philly, but people who came from other cities.

"The whole tri-state area is mad at @Drake," said the Twitter user, who added that postponing the show was "not f--king cool."

Like many, she also heard conflicting rumors on why the show was canned so suddenly.

"The [Wells Fargo Center] employee told us to leave our section and said his bus was late and then people started yelling saying it was canceled idk," she wrote.

Drake has been riding high following the early success of his latest album.

His third studio album, "Nothing Was the Same," was released last month and it debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart. Its first week sales - 658,000 copies - remains one of the best totals of the year and the album is quickly approaching platinum status.

So Philly, just hold on, Drake will be back next month.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

DSU Homecoming 20 Questions Day Two

1. Doesn't it seem to rain EVERY homecoming?
2. Does the new MLK feel like the student center or an airport waiting area?
3. And who was stranded in there for hours while the rain poured down?
4. Didn't it seem like a lot of alumni brought their kids to homecoming this year?
5. And did the parents cover their kids ears when people told embarrassing stories about their mothers/fathers? ("Your mama was always sneaking into Conwell Hall!")
6. Who went to day party and just went back home?

7. Why wasn't anyone at the DSU Alumni Comedy Show?
8. And did you even know that was happening?
9. Who went broke buying up Delaware State hoodies and t-shirts at the bookstore, but still has thousands of dollars out on student loans?
10. What did the frats and sororities do with all the food they purchased for the washed out homecoming cookouts?
11. Did anyone actually see the Hornets win the homecoming football game?

12. Why were the cops kicking people out of Dover Downs?
13. And who is joining me in boycotting Dover Downs in the future?
14. Who looked cute in their rain boots at the DSU Alumni Gala?
15. Why was the deejay from the DSU Alumni Gala trying to stuff all his equipment into a mini Jeep?
16. What guy had a fresh homecoming conk with one side shaved off?
17. Didn't all of the former Miss DSU's look amazing this weekend? (especially Ronisha Turner and Dana Robinson)

18. Aren't you glad everyone knows how to do the wobble?
19. Did everyone go to IHOP instead of hitting up an after party on Saturday night?
20. Shouldn't M.Feenz host a Del State Homecoming Alumni Party next year? Hmmm.

BONUS: Who has already agreed that they aren't coming back to homecoming for another five years?

Saturday, October 12, 2013

DSU Homecoming 20 Questions Day One

Delaware State University Alumni,

What would Delaware State University Homecoming be without 20 Questions?

Well, it would be real wack.

So, I'm going to give you guys a taste of this year's Hornet Homecoming through 20 Questions by M.Feenz.

And this is all in good fun and meant for entertainment, and really meant to remind people of the fun times we had picking up the Hornet Newspaper and reading 20 Questions.

Please do not take anything personally, but if you want to, that's fine.

And this is not by "Ghostwriter."

20 Questions
By M.Feenz

1. Who was turning up at the DSU Circle Alumni Party, but never graduated?

2. And why were you reppin' a class that you didn't graduate from?

3. Aren't a lot of alumni working for the university now? (That's a good thing though!)

4. Who was that girl wearing a dress that looked like she cut up a disco ball? (as if they were an extra in 'Saturday Night Fever')

5. Did anyone cop a bootleg ticket for the DSU Circle Alumni Party?

6. Didn't some of the step show participants look out of shape? Sloppy joes anyone? Gym membership anyone?

7. Who tossed their back out when Luke's "I Wanna Rock (Doo Doo Brown)" came on?

8. Who looked like big bird at the DSU Circle Alumni party?

9. Are people still wearing dingy white tees to parties? That is so 2001.

10. Who was that girl looking like a super-sized lost member of Salt N' Pepa?

11. And shouldn't spandex have a size limit?

12. Wasn't Clarence (TV) killing the Del State slide?

13. Did anyone notice that a lot more girls were dancing to "Watch Out for the Big Girls" this year? (That grown up weight is real.)

14. Did anyone peep how the Delta Sigma Theta Alumni Chapter put FIVE donation/ticket links on the DSU Alumni website? (It's four links NOW, but it was FIVE....you see the page here.)

15. Where is B.Dot? Is he smoking cigars with Jay-Z instead of being at homecoming?

16. And did they have a building fund link on there as well? And line jacket fund, too?  (J/K)

17. Who got their homecoming doobie wrap messed up by the rain?

18. Isn't it terrible when you are an alumni and you are still sneaking into the college dorms?

19. Didn't you feel bad for the Alpha who got stuck changing his outfit during the step show?

20. Who is Capri Sun Pouch-Popping at Del State Homecoming? :-)

BONUS QUESTION: Whose after party "activities" caused the hotel to refund TWO rooms?

Make your own 20 Questions using hashtag #DSU20Questions - I'd love to see them and share them at the end of the Homecoming weekend.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

VIDEO: Making My Mark On The World

Hey everyone,

Check out this dope video that my college friend and producer Blake Saunders put together.

It's a profile on me.

It's about my journey from Delaware State University to where I am now.

I'm making my mark on the world.

Are you?

VIDEO: Kanye West speaks his truth, and I liked it

"This Jimmy Kimmel interview is the truth!"

That's what Kim Kardashian tweeted early Thursday morning, and I have to agree with her.

The tweet comes after her boo thang and baby daddy, Kanye West, gave us a memorable rant on "Jimmy Kimmel Live."

The appearance comes following a Twitter beef between the late night show host and West. Kimmel spoofed a recent West interview on his show, and the "Stronger" rapper didn't appreciate it too much and took to Twitter.

"A lot of people think you're a jerk," Kimmel told the always controversial rap superstar during the interview.

Mr. West could obviously care less.

VIDEO: Part One
VIDEO: Part Two

"I'm a creative genius," he said, admitting that most people don't say that about themselves.

"I'm totally weird and totally honest and I'm totally inappropriate sometimes, and the thing is for me not to say I'm not a genius I'd be lying to you and to myself."

West rambled, but made a lot of sense during the interview. He talked about everything from the problems with the fashion industry to the overly aggressive paparazzi.

"You do help me get money, paparazzi," he said. "You show people how fresh my outfit is."

He continued to tell the paps to step the 'eff back and show some respect by reminding everyone that he is from Chicago.

"Never think that I'm not from Chicago for one second," West barked.

I think he was implying that he could still put someone in check if he felt they were out of line. Well, we know that to be the case from his prior actions. So we're not doubting that at all.

He also had a strong message to the world: "You're not going to bully me."

He added, "Creatives have gotten beat up my entire life."

Overall, I felt a lot of what West was saying in the interview. It didn't matter that he was jumping from subject to subject. It was honest and we can appreciate that. He spoke his truth.

I didn't agree that his 'wifey' deserved a star on the Hollywood walk of fame. And I didn't agree with those Jody Watley inspired cut up jeans he had on. Or perhaps he got them from one of Taylor Dane's background dancers in the "Tell It To My Heart" video. 

This man has been constantly criticized and ripped to shreds for his actions. He tragically lost his mother, and I think he still hasn't dealt with how that impacted him.

Is he a victim of the relentless media? Perhaps.

Is he a little off? Maybe.

But Mr. West knows one thing for sure.

He's a genius.

And I agree.

Go, Yeezy!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The MONSTROSITY of Lauryn Hill

We all know the classic "Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" album that scored the Fugees singer an armful of Grammys.

But we need to take a look at what I will call the "The MONSTROSITY of Lauryn Hill."

I think everyone can say they have heard someone say the following: "What happened to Lauryn Hill?"

Well, a lot happened to her, including a short stint in prison for tax evasion. She was recently released from prison and now she wants to pick up her struggling career.

But we can all affirmatively say she hasn't been the same since the success of the Miseducation album. And that's not a good thing considering how big that album was.

It was her only solo studio album to date.

She did release an unplugged album that was so-so.

But after that we've been treated - or maybe I should say punished - with bad songs that are just all over the place.

I think she is more conscious than ever, but what is she doing?

Didn't she grow up listening to Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and the Stylistics?

They know how to convey a message while also making great music.

In the song "To Zion," Ms. Hill says, "Look at your career, they said, 'Lauryn, baby, use your head,' but instead I chose to use my heart."

I think it's time for Ms. Hill to start taking some of her own advice, or the advice that people were trying to give her.

Use your head, get it together and make us some good music that packs a strong message, but is also something that we can all enjoy. Songs like "To Zion," "Lost Ones" and "Everything is Everything."

During her MTV Unplugged performance she said, "I know that a lot of the content in the songs is very heavy...See, fantasy is what people want, but reality is what they need. And I've just retired from the fantasy part..."

We couldn't agree more. You retired back in 2008 with that TV performance.

Ms. Hill has now released a new song called "Consumerism," which could be powerful, but no one can really enjoy it, unfortunately. Blogger Funky Dineva said the song is so bad that she should go back to prison! While I don't agree with that statement, I do agree that the song is pretty unenjoyable. And Funky, you think Ms. Hill may be "mentally ill" and if she is, let's encourage her to get help.

The last thing we need is another tragedy like Michael Jackson or Whitney Houston. We need to start supporting our black heroes when they are in trouble instead of making them go even more nuts! We certainly don't need this "Killing Me Softly" singer to end up on the evening news with a headline that reads: "Lauryn Hill found dead."

We'd be right back to where we were when Michael or Whitney died. Mourning another black music superstar gone too soon. We don't need that. I know I couldn't take another legend lost.

Ms. Hill, we want to see you succeed. But this new stuff you are putting out is certainly a monstrosity in my eyes.

We hope and pray that you can return to your old self and reclaim your place in music history.

You deserve it.

Let's end the Monstrosity and try to find a new Miseducation, or something close to it.

Michael J. Feeney is an award-winning journalist and the creator of MFEENZ.com. He can be reached at MFeeney001@gmail.com.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

30 Years Later Diana Ross' Central Park Concert Still Reigns Supreme

I wasn't even born when Diana Ross took to the stage in Central Park.

But I heard about it.

I grew up a lover of all music, especially the stuff that was "before my time."

I heard the stories of the now legendary concert that brought out some 450,000 New Yorkers to the Great Lawn on July 21, 1983. 

My uncle was one of those people.

He was among the concert-goers who would get soaked by the torrential rain that ended the free concert just 45 minutes after it started.

But before the show was washed out by Mother Nature, Ms. Ross would put on a performance that has never been duplicated by any other artist.

The "Reach Out and Touch" singer performed several of her hits while being absolutely drenched by a storm that did little to chase away fans. Many stuck with her despite the soggy conditions.

But I think what most impressed me about this was her ability to control and communicate with the crowd. She kept them calm and gently - like a mother - asked the soaked crowd to leave.

"Slowly leave if you want to," she told the crowd. "I never sang in the rain before."

The next day, Ms. Ross would continue her concert. My uncle would return wearing the same soaked sneakers he wore the day before.

But it was the first day that will live on forever. Those stories and memories would be passed on from generation to generation.
NY Daily News cover
The New York Daily News front page read: "Downpour Spoils Diana's Concert."

While the rain and heavy winds may have sent concert-goers scrambling and "spoiled" the concert, it also made this one of the most talked about performances of all-time.

Now, 30 years later nothing has surpassed this concert.

No Super Bowl halftime show. 

No awards show performance. 


Whether you were around for this show or not, 30 years later it still reigns supreme.
On Friday, I reached out to a Diana Ross spokesman for a comment about the anniversary. But the request was quickly shot down.

"Ms. Ross is preparing for a run of U.S. dates, that includes a major performance at the Hollywood Bowl. She is unable to participate at this time," wrote spokesman Mark Young via e-mail.

Oh, well. Maybe I'll try again when the anniversary hits 40.