Kanye West wants people to buy his $200 Stem Player in order to listen to Donda 2, but some of his fans have other plans.
On Wednesday (Feb. 23), Ye uploaded four tracks from the album onto the Stem Player website, but only users with the device could access them. By Thursday morning, a Reddit user had already written a script that essentially emulates the Stem Player by tricking the website into thinking an actual device is connected and extracts the layers of each song.
Last night (Feb. 24), Kanye uploaded the remaining songs from the Donda 2 listening event earlier this week to the platform. By that point, additional emulators had been written and refined, so it was only a matter of time before the MP3s of each track made their way to file sharing sites.
As of today (Feb. 25), all it takes is a few searches in the right places to find the songs—without purchasing the $200 Stem Player.
According to Digital Music News, it’s likely that Kanye’s Stem Player uses a technology similar to that of Spleeter, which is a program that separates layers of digital song files into individual stems. This allows a user to isolate the vocals or drums of a track, for example, much like how the Stem Player operates.
It’s hard to believe that Kanye didn’t see this coming. Piracy, in one form or another, has been around the music industry for decades now. From the days of Napster and Limewire to the current state of leak culture and group-buys, the streaming revolution hasn’t put a complete end to piracy like some believe it has. Just ask Juice Wrld’s team.
It remains to be seen if Ye has any plan to combat what’s happening. However, it’s worth noting that the Donda 2 songs currently on the Stem Player aren’t entirely finished. Many tracks have scratch vocal recordings and some sections are void of vocals completely. With that in mind, can it even be said that Donda 2 has officially been released?
It would seem that at this point the album is going to evolve far beyond its current state.
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When Blake Lively & Ryan Reynolds Made Us Believe That ‘Fairytale Love’ Exists At 2014 Met Gala Coming Straight Out Of A Disney Movie!
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds are one of the most popular Hollywood couples of all time. The duo enjoys a massive fan following on social media and there are literally fan clubs on social media dedicated to their chemistry and love. Today, we bring you a throwback to the time when Blake & Ryan not only gave us couple goals but also major fashion goals at the Met Gala 2014 where they walked straight out of a Disney movie and made us fall in love with them all over again. Scroll below to see their pictures.
The couple was dressed in Gucci from head to toe and looked charming as ever together. Blake wore an extraordinary Gucci Première gown in blush pink colour which was giving a full retro Hollywood glam look. The entire gown had sequins work on it with a plunging neckline and the fitting of the same highlighted her hourglass figure.
Blake Lively’s gown had a train attached to it and well, we can now say that she loves a little drama on the red carpet and enjoys massive trains and veils at the length of her glamorous gowns. The Gossip Girl actress accessorised her look with minimalistic jewellery in pink colour with just a statement ring and earrings.
Ryan Reynolds on the other hand wore a dapper tuxedo by Gucci. It was a custom made midnight blue velvet tuxedo which he styled with a bow tie.
Take a look at their pictures here:
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These two are a match made in heaven, isn’t it? Our hearts can’t contain the excitement every time we see Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds walking the red carpet together.
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The Game Arm Wrestles Mike Tyson and Appears to Win
The Game and former heavyweight boxing champ Mike Tyson recently had a trippy arm-wrestling match where the Compton, Calif. rapper appeared to come out on top.
On Wednesday (May 25), the Hotboxin With Mike Tyson podcast released behind-the-scenes video of an upcoming episode featuring The Game. In the clip, the rapper and boxer engage in a tense but brief arm-wrestling match. In the clip, the two men are sitting on a couch and Tyson has a lit joint in his mouth. Game starts to get the best of Tyson from the jump, before the boxer sees that he is losing and decided to put some extra oomph in his effort.
“Ayo, Mike, chill!” Game yells. “It’s a tie, muthafucka.”
Earlier, Game admitted he was high on shrooms and weed provided by Mike during the encounter. “Mike got me on shrooms, too, y’all. If I’m spaced out for the rest of the day, it’s this nigga fault.”
He added: “Mike got me high as shit, man.”
In an Instagram post, The Game bragged about his apparent triumph. “I beat @MikeTyson arm wrestling & before you get started in the comments… he told me this eye to eye after it was over.”
Game asserted he took it easy on the 55-year-old boxer. “I went light on em in the end cause I love him & I found it in my heart to let him come back lol…Not to mention, he leaning in with his whole body, n pulling on the couch arm… strong ass nigga ha ha ha.”
Check out video of The Game and Mike Tyson’s encounter and arm-wrestling match below.
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BTS to Meet With President Biden to Discuss Anti-Asian Hate Crimes
President Joe Biden will welcome superstar South Korean group BTS to the White House on Tuesday to “discuss Asian inclusion and representation” and to “address anti-Asian hate crimes and discrimination,” according to an announcement from the White House released Thursday.
Biden and the group “will also discuss the importance of diversity and inclusion and BTS’ platform as youth ambassadors who spread a message of hope and positivity across the world,” the statement continues.
The visit by BTS will take place on May 31, the final day of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
As noted by Politico, the president has been active during the month. He issued a presidential proclamation on April 29 about AANHPI Heritage Month, and he and Vice President Kamala Harris — who is half Filipino — hosted a White House reception earlier in the month that included U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai.
Two days later, the White House lauded the passage of legislation to establish a commission to study the possible creation of a National Museum of Asian Pacific American History and Culture.
In recent months the president has welcomed several performers, including Olivia Rodrigo and the Jonas Brothers, to the White House, most often as part of vaccination efforts.
“I am beyond honored and humbled to be here today to help spread the message about the importance of youth vaccination,” Rodrigo said in a press conference. “I’m in awe of the work President Biden and Dr. Fauci have done and was happy to help lend my support to this important initiative.”
Rodrigo continued, “It’s important to have conversations with friends and family members, encouraging all communities to get vaccinated and actually get to a vaccination site, which you can do more easily than ever before given how many sites we have and how easy it is to find them at vaccines.gov.”