Saturday, November 12, 2005

Kanye: Con? Nay!

What is all the hype about Kanye West? Why is this man suddenly everywhere with people clamouring for him? Granted, I don't follow popular music; I don't listen to the radio or read Billboard Magazine, so I am not in "the know". West might have been around for a few years and I have never heard of him. But still, lately, he is being hyped like crazy.

Was speaking out against Bush during the Hurricane Katrina telethon the bump West needed in the hip-hop community to give him street cred? West has never been arrested for anything. He's never been shot and he's never shot anyone. He didn't churn up from the streets as a drug dealer. All he did was mouth off. And there is no faster way to sell yourself to an audience (interestingly, 70% of the hip-hop buying community is young, suburban, white boys). than to tout out: "The MAN wants us all dead". If that is what's supposed to give you a rep in the hip-hop industry, then I should be opening act for 50 Cent. (Indeed, anyone gay could be.)

If West was trying to boost the sales of his new CD that came out in August by claiming that "Bush hates black people", then I guess he succeeded. In part, I agree that "W" hates everyone who isn't white, rich, straight, and evangelical (one must be all four of those things, not just one). But if sounding off on "W" is the only claim to fame this rapper has, it's pretty lame.

I am proud of him for speaking his mind; he saw a chance and took it. However, hip-hop is based on thug life - the real deal from the streets and not one fabricated in the recording studio.


  1. Kanye has been gathering steam for quite some time, and it was long before his Bush commentary. He's a 3x grammy winner and was nominated for 10. Mind you, grammy noms come out in December or so, so he was hot long before he made his comments about Bush.

    He's intelligent and it shows. And while hip-hop is rooted in the street, not all of it is about the gangster life. Ah, the golden age of hip-hop was a lot more happy than the stuff out there now.

  2. What's your address? I will send you a copy of both albums. They are two of the best albums I have bought in the last few years. And he's the anti-thug. He has spoken out in favor of gay men and gay rights, he's brought preppy back and his comments about Bush weren't off the mark - it just wasn't the best way to express them.

  3. He really is a different breed of hiphop.

    "All Falls Down" from the first CD is one of the best songs of last year.

  4. Dop: W "hates" everyone who isn't white, rich, straight, and evangelical? Isn't that an inappropriate generality? Clinton wasn't castigated for having a virtually "lilly-white" cabinet!

    This dislike of W is especially amusing since W (I have said this before) isn't that conservative.

    As for the rapper, his intelligence isn't an issue, but I question the wisdom of his remarks. CB

  5. kanye is awesome...he looks like a chipmunk and I love him...

  6. If he is such a phenom producer, why is it that he made "Who's Who In America" just this year?