I could give a damn about West’s off stage antics (or on stage rants for that matter). Nor do I give a damn about his “style evolution” throughout the years. When it
comes to Kanye West, all I’ve ever cared to closely pay attention to was his ability to make music. Before I touch on this, I apologize if this is old news but I was off in Hawaii last week doing my best Kanye meditation impersonation (he goes there to relax and work on his studio albums), but as soon as I saw those SNL performances I knew I had to lend my two cents. They say Madonna or whoever is the best re-inventor of self in pop music. But I beg to differ. From the College Dropout days, or even pre-College Dropout days, Kanye’s sound in speech and production has evolved (in every meaningful sense of the word) immensely every single subsequent album that he releases to the world. Mastery, experimentation, and then mastery of experimentation or the operative words when I think of someone like a Kanye West.
In fact, there may be no one like him. In fact, there is no one like him. And I’m not this born-yesterday rap fan who doesn’t know the difference between a soul chirp and a Manson scream. He’s not even my favourite rap musician, never was and probably never will be. But before you judge the man that you see on tabloids and celebrity news media, I challenge you to evolve your flute recorder whistles and 3-chord guitar plucking before you stick your chest and call West anything short of brilliant. “He’s arrogant”, “he’s conceited”, “he’s self involved”, “he’s egotistical”, “he’s a megalomaniac”. He’s just like a lot of your favourite famous people who you may adore and behold as geniuses but don’t wear their hearts fully flexed on their sleeves. Again I’m not going to get into fits about his personality, all I can judge or have an opinion about for that matter is the quality of his poetic content. Yes I said poetic content. Inflections, rhythm, semantics, syntax, cadence, analogies, lyrics, pitch. Truths, illusions, disorientation, maxims, adages, quotables and dogmatic verses. I say this with a cunning smirk on my face, Thank You YEEZUS.