“Yeezus”, “Ye”, “Kanye To The”, “Kanye Omari West”, or just “that rapper from Chicago with the obvious Christ complex”. Whatever title or rap alias you may know him by, the man has more to offer than you might think.
With last month being the 10th anniversary of West’s “The College Dropout,” Kanye took to Twitter and spat out a barrage of tweets that commemorated his debut LP and thanked collaborators and fans for their support. Despite the way he’s being repeatedly treated in the media, this series of tweets proved that he still wants to give something back to his fans, dream out loud, and bang on heavy doors that he has promised to break down.
On a similarly popular occasion (the epic hour-long interview with BBC radio host Zane Lowe) imbued with meaning and sincerity, West brought up one of the greatest entertainers of all time, Michael Jackson. “I would not be Kanye West if it wasn’t for Michael Jackson.”
He then followed up that compliment to the King of Pop in a rather unexpected way by stating that he’d reached a point in his career that Michael Jackson did not break down. Now, just think for a minute before you take Kanye’s words for arrogance. It’s unfair to make those kinds of assumptions without taking into account his credibility and more importantly his contributions to American culture.
Similarly to Kanye West, Michael Jackson wasn’t judged solely on his music. Similarly to Kanye West’s name, Michael Jackson’s name was slandered by the media. We’ve made the two of them out to be monsters before, and we’ll do it again. It’s disgusting and unfair. We forget that we did it to Michael because we choose to forget.
Everyone remembers the day he died and how sad and terrible it was to have lost him the way we did, but those same news channels that broadcasted sympathetic reports on the day of his death and the days that followed were also the news channels that used children against him. Children: Michael’s inspiration in everything he was, every song he wrote, and every dance he did.
Just as there won’t ever be another Michael Jackson, there won’t ever be another Kanye West. History is in fact repeating itself, and we’re allowing our media to twist words and judge those who really only want to share music, art, love, and the gift of entertainment.
Like Michael Jackson, Kanye won’t be fully appreciated until his death. It’s the sad truth, but you can choose to receive the free gift of entertainment artists like the two of them have to offer and look the other way when you see that awful tabloid bashing your favorite stars.
Like most celebrities, Kanye’s lowest moments are also his most televised moments. There’s more to him than that. He’s talented, no doubt. It’s his talent and success that should be celebrated, not his mistakes or failures. Absolutely no one is perfect, especially celebrities, but does that mean their imperfections should be televised? Would you like your imperfections to be televised? Of course not.
“If you’re a Kanye West fan, you’re not a fan of me, you’re a fan of yourself. You will believe in yourself. I’m just the espresso. I’m just a shot in the morning to get you going, to make you believe you can overcome the situation that you’re dealing with all the time.”
That’s what he has to offer you. Isn’t that enough not to bash and lie about him? He could give you your self-esteem with something as simple as a free download. Listen, enjoy, and most importantly, respect.