Kanye West may have talked about true love to Iman at the Governor’s ball last weekend, but honestly, this recent interview with the NY Times tells us one thing: there is only one person that Kanye West loves, and this person is Kanye West.
Obviously driven by a self-infatuation and visions of success for Kanye West, he occasionally compares himself to some of the greatest like Steve Job, Michael Jordan, or Miles Davis, tossing things in the conversation like ‘me as Kanye West, as the Michael Jordan of music’, or ‘I am in the lineage of Gil Scott-Heron, great activist-type artists. But I’m also in the lineage of a Miles Davis’, and still throwing the race card when there is an opportunity: ‘I’m assuming I have the most Grammys of anyone my age, but I haven’t won one against a white person’
This guy as more self-confidence than an army of Simon Cowell clones, and, as a person who hasn’t precisely much self-confidence, it is sometimes hard for me to believe what can come out of his mouth:
‘I am so credible and so influential and so relevant that I will change things. So when the next little girl that wants to be, you know, a musician and give up her anonymity and her voice to express her talent and bring something special to the world, and it’s time for us to roll out and say, “Did this person have the biggest thing of the year?” — that thing is more fair because I was there.’
Wow, just wow, how can you convince yourself you are so essential, so relevant to the world? We are just stardust Mr. West, and totally insignificant to the universe.
Kanye is unapologetic, he doesn’t regret anything, not even interrupting Taylor Swift at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2009, and if he has apologized in the past, it’s because he felt to peer pressure. He proclaims himself ‘the anti-celebrity’ – and I suppose that having a celebrity-whore as girlfriend helps a lot – says to be inspired by architecture and a Corbusier lamp, and has such a pompous opinion of his art and himself, ‘Great art comes from great artists’, that I am sure I’ve vomited a little bit in my mouth when reading the interview.
This anti-celebrity guy has even predicted his own fame: ‘I knew when I wrote the line “light-skinned friend look like Michael Jackson” [from the song “Slow Jamz”] I was going to be a big star’, and the last part of the interview culminates into some flamboyant ego-trip:
‘I think what Kanye West is going to mean is something similar to what Steve Jobs means. I am undoubtedly, you know, Steve of Internet, downtown, fashion, culture. Period. By a long jump. I honestly feel that because Steve has passed, you know, it’s like when Biggie passed and Jay-Z was allowed to become Jay-Z. […]
‘I think that’s a responsibility that I have, to push possibilities, to show people: “This is the level that things could be at.” So when you get something that has the name Kanye West on it, it’s supposed to be pushing the furthest possibilities. I will be the leader of a company that ends up being worth billions of dollars, because I got the answers. I understand culture. I am the nucleus.’
I see, Steve Jobs died so Kanye could exist! He can always call himself ‘the anti-celebrity’, but he is in fact the anti Joe Strummer. Kanye West thinks he is an activist – oh yeah I forgot, he visited Occupy Wall Street once! – he thinks he can change the world by projecting his face singing a rap song on big buildings, but he is just confusing being famous with being a civil rights activist
Kanye thinks he is the nucleus, but he is just full of certitudes and opinions,… may be he should just watch the video below.
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – August 1986 (Volume 17, Number 12)
“I used to read CREEM like the stuff in it was really gospel. Lester Bangs and all that stuff. And it was so important.”
UK Top 10 Albums 3-31-23 – 4-6-23
Lana grew old and boring…
UK Top 10 Singles 3-31-23 – 4-6-23
cliches farming out the same two dozen hooks for decades…
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uplifting synthpop single
The Early Bird: Top New Recorded Releases 3-31-23 – 4-6-23 Reviewed
Where are the songs?
Best Of 2023: Songs In Order Of Preference Through March 31st
electronic variants to perfection
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good karma…. now gone bad
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At least you know what you are missing
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – June 1986 (Volume 17, Number 10)
Nobody understood the world of music journalism better than David Lee Roth