Made U Look: Kanye West

By Erika Ramirez

After the release of his fifth studio album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kanye West shied away from doing press, until now. For RapFix’s “Made U Look” series, we’re spotlighting Kanye West on the cover of VMAN’s Spring 2011 “No Risk, No Reward: The Thrill of the Game” issue. On VMAN’s 21st issue, in Louis Vuitton, Kanye West has a mouth full of money. Who can blame him?

Photographer Karl Lagerfeld shared a few words on the Chicago rapper/producer. “His strength is mixing music and fashion. He has an instant instinct for what looks and sounds good. He makes everything new and different.”

Kanye West is set to have a busy year. While headlining this year’s Lollapalooza in Chile, Kanye West will also drop Jay-Z joint album, Watch the Throne, and sixth studio album this summer. On January 23rd, Kanye West tweeted, “"I'll be back this SUMMER!!!!!!!!!!! WATCH THE THRONE COMING IN 2 MONTHS!!!!!!!!!” 'Ye tweeted. “MY NEW ALBUM COMING THIS SUMMER."

MTV News caught up with Jay-Z for details on Watch the Throne. "This is another level of that recording," Hov explained. "Because Kanye, I've seen him — really he's like a brother to me — I've seen him from the beginning to where he is now. And to see him as a producer and to see how he's growing as a producer and as an artist, for me, on another level, it's enjoyable. I'm watching the guy that I pretty much mentored become his own guy, with his own opinion. It's fantastic."

VMAN has issued a promotion where one in ten covers contain real dollar bills. VMAN hit newsstands yesterday, Tuesday (February 8th).

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