ESPN Music: Kanye West

Music from Summer X-Games

June, 13, 2014
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Here's a list of songs from performers featured on ESPN’s X-Games coverage, along with links to the artists' websites and links for you to download and buy the songs and/or albums:

Kanye West: "Send it Up and On Sight" from the "Yeezus" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Pretty Lights: "Let’s Get Busy" from the “A Color Map of the Sun" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

The Grouch And Eli featuring Pretty Lights:"All These Lights" single. (iTunes | Amazon)

Gary Clark Jr.: "Ain’t Messin’ Round and Glitter Ain’t Gold" from the “Blak and Blu” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

The Flaming Lips: "Look… the Sun is Rising" from the "The Terror" album. (iTunes | Amazon)

FMLYBND: "Electricity" single. (SoundCloud)

Dillon Francis ft. DJ Snake: "Get Low" single.
(iTunes | Amazon)

Slightly Stoopid: "Don't Stop" from the “Top of the World” album.
(iTunes | Amazon)

Mayer Hawthorne: "The Stars Are Ours Tonight" single.

Mac Miller: "Mac Miller and the Most Dope Family Theme Song " single. (iTunes | Amazon)

Bad Religion: "In Their Hearts is Right" from the “True North” album. (iTunes | Amazon)

Wavves: "Sail to the Sun" single. (iTunes | Amazon)

Vote for your favorite Grammy nominees

December, 16, 2013

MacklemoreChris McPherson for ESPNMacklemore, along with Ryan Lewis, is nominated in four major categories for the 56th annual Grammy Awards, scheduled for Jan. 26 in Los Angeles.
The 2014 Grammy Award nominees are out and SportsNation wants to know: Which songs and albums are most deserving of recognition? To make your voice heard, vote here!

It could be a banner night for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, who are up for Album Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Best New Artist and Best Rap Album.


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But the duo is facing some tough competition. Taylor Swift is after her second Album Of The Year title for "Red," while Kendrick Lamar is a double nominee for the best album and best new artist honors.

Jay Z, who leads all artists with nine nominations, is also up for the best rap album award, as are Drake and Kanye West.

Also vying for Album Of The Year are Sara Bareilles and Daft Punk, while James Blake, Kacey Musgraves and Ed Sheeran are nominated for Best New Artist.

You can vote here in SportsNation's Grammy polls and learn more about the 56th Grammy Awards at the official website.

Coodie breaks down his music videos

January, 9, 2013
Ozah-SimmonsMichael Loccisano/Getty ImagesCoodie Simmons (right) and partner Chike Ozah directed the ESPN 30 for 30 film ' Benji.'
Award-winning film directors Coodie Simmons and Chike Ozah never wanted to work on what Coodie calls the "regular video with the pool, the girls and the cars."

They had a different drive early on in their video-directing career, but one which presented them with a major challenge trying to get their feet wet.

"What we did was write something super-creative that we thought would be progressive and on the next level, but we never got those videos," Coodie said. "So we struck out a lot. If we were in it for the money, we could've done what seemed like really fun videos. But we just wanted to make a statement and tell a story that was progressive in the hip-hop realm."

Fortunately for the pair -- who directed ESPN's acclaimed 30-for-30 documentary "Benji," about fallen high school basketball star Ben Wilson -- Coodie knew Kanye West, who shared the same storytelling vision. They had met years earlier in a popular barbershop in their hometown of Chicago, when West was still a no-name.

In 2003, the stars aligned for West and Coodie & Chike, as they go by in their credits, when they all worked together on the rapper's first hit, "Through The Wire."

These days, Coodie, 41, and Chike, 34, are both living in New York City and they're spending a majority of their time working on their own online TV network, Creative Control, making videos for up-and-coming rapper Joey Badas$$ and helping to rebrand Ecko Unltd. Reflecting on their past success, Coodie spoke to ESPN Playbook on his top five picks from his videography.

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'Cruel Summer' in sports-related lyrics

September, 18, 2012
Kanye WestDaniel Boczarski/VEVO/Getty ImagesKanye and G.O.O.D. Music pepper their new album with lyrical references to pro athletes.
The biggest (end of) summer album of the year comes out today — "Cruel Summer," from Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music crew. With a lineup that hails from sports hubs like Chicago, Detroit and New York — and includes at least one legitimate baller — it's no surprise to hear plenty of lyrics referring to pro athletes throughout the album.

Sure, they're outnumbered by designer names — but we're not counting those, dummy. (And we didn't even include the Ric Flair reference, either.) In any event, as you enjoy your "Cruel Summer," take a breeze through all of the sports-related lyrical references on the album ...

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