These are some of my thoughts on Kanye, raw and unedited, that I have put together quickly as I just feel like I need to get this off my chest.
It was with age I found that you shouldn’t idolise celebrities or anyone for that matter. It was also with age I found that it was ok to marvel at an individuals genius and ability to excel in their craft, yet not look to them as an example or shining light. This is where I lie with Kanye.
As any child of around 12/13/14 would when they grew up on Kanye’s Music, you idolised his rapping, musical skill, character, confidence and demeanour. But you find as you get older, idolising individuals means you rely heavily on people to be what you perceive as being successful or perfect, which is humanly impossible because we are all flawed. But in the matter of Kanye I can’t help but feel extremely disappointed. While I understand that individuals over time grow and develop new ideas and perspectives, Kanye has deviated so far away from what he once was, that at times he is almost unrecognisable.
He was once what many would deem a responsible voice within the black community that would find no trouble in telling the inconvenient truth, even if it was unsettling for many to hear. His outburst against George Bush springs to mind. Although his recent outbursts and misguided support of Trump were odd, it was his argument that slavery was a choice that really left me confused and upset. I had heard there was meant to be further context on that comment in this album, which turned out not to be true. In fact it was worse, it amplified what many were beginning to believe, and what J. Cole had alluded to in False Prophets. Kanye had the chance to address the slavery comment and said this,
He made no attempt to atone or even add context to his statement, rather in his Kanye style of arrogance, seems to find issue with the uproar against his statement and counts us lucky to not have met him on a bad day, really Ye? Even worse, his wife Kim, seems more disturbed at the prospect of losing wealth because of the statement, rather than the negative connotations it reinforces. Whether he realises it or not, his voice is powerful, his words unfortunately have meaning and right now he isn’t responsibly using his position or voice to further the progress of black communities.
Is the production on Kanye’s latest album good? Sure. But what drew me to Kanye was how he was so relatable to the average person as well as his ability to touch on contemporary issues not just within the black community, but within this world. He did so in an entertaining, engaging and humorous way. But in general now I struggle to laugh with him, or entertain his lyrics and thoughts which have become hollow, lifeless and unrelatable.
In fairness to him ‘Violent Crimes’ is reminiscent of the classic Kanye, but unfortunately his good moments are few and far between and his douchebag behaviour makes it hard to enjoy these moments.
After these ramblings, I’m not too sure if I’m more disappointed in Kanye or myself for retaining hope in an individual I don’t even know on a personal level.
But anyway, just be better tomorrow Ye.