Let me start off by saying, that yes, I know we all have better things to worry about other than Kanye West and his drama, but this article is for the lovers of culture and hip-hop, for individuals such as myself, who appreciate it all. We are all aware of the many ignorant, misinformed things, that the hip-hop genius ‘Kanye West’ has indulged in lately. From countless tweets that offended many in the Black community, to rocking the disgusting ‘MAGA’ hat and confessing his love for trump; yes I know that this all may sound extremely terrible, but we must not forget all that Kanye has done for the community of hip-hop lovers. Black twitter and many celebrities were so quick to say “Kanye west is cancelled”, without any empathy for what the star may actually be experiencing as a human being. From mental health issues due to losing his mother back in 2007, plus many other factors. In my personal opinion, this “clap-back”, “cancelling” culture that we as a community so often participate in, needs to stop.
We as a (Black) community should stop shutting things down that we don’t understand and actually take a look at the root of the problem, and try to understand and or help. Wouldn’t the world be a better place if we were just a tad bit more opened minded ? For instance, it is clear that Kanye deals with some form of a mental health issue, he spoke about it in his recent interview with Charlemagne Tha God, discussing topics such as being in a mental hospital and seeking therapy. In our community the idea of mental health is so taboo, we as Black people don’t know how to fully embrace the idea of mental health in a graceful and genuine manner. We have a history of being quick to give certain issues such as ‘mental health’ an ugly stigma while throwing the idea away that some of our closest friends, family members, and even hero’s and or musical icons, deal with them.
Big up’s to celebrities’ such as, Charlemagne Tha God, T.I, John Legend, and more for doing the opposite and actually reaching out to Kanye for support and understanding. If we look at the past and all that Kanye has done for the culture of hip-hop, it would be impossible for us to cold heartedly dismiss this genius. It is clear to me that Kanye, means well with his “love” approach to everything, even with trump. Kayne has even stated that he doesn’t agree with everything that your president represents. Kanye just sees this reality star that unfortunately turned into the leader of the “free” world, and came to the conclusion that if “number 45” could become president, than so could a “hated” celebrity such as himself.
Although what Kanye fails to realize is that, he is indeed a Black man and or negro no matter how rich and famous he has become, and so this “I’m not Black I’m O.J” idea needs to leave his thought process.( Word to Jay-Z) This system doesn’t want him to succeed, and so he can not possibly compare himself to trump. The list of what Kanye has done “wrong” is so long, that I’m not going to focus much more energy into that, so let’s move along. (I strongly recommend that you watch Kanye’s personal and revealing interview with Charlemagne The God for a better understanding)
So lets take a look back at “the glory” days, when Kanye was just this kid from the south side of Chicago, rocking a back pack. Before Kanye West, became this figure in culture, he started out as only a producer. One of his most memorable works of art, that isn’t his, is the classic heavy beats he crafted for Jay-Z’s ‘The Blueprint’. Kanye West has produced and created beats for many artist, that turned into hits, and continues to do so to this day.
From artist such as Jay-Z, Talib Kweli, Lupe Fiasco, Common, Cam’ron(Killa Cam) and more. His list of accolades can go on and on. I mean if it wasn’t for Kanye there would be no ‘Jay-Z / IZZO’, a bump that we all love. I’m sure that all hip-hop heads have a few favorite tracks that Kanye is responsible for. As am I positive that we all have tracks that we love Kanye for from his own personal albums. For me personally, there have been many school nights where Kanye’s music has given me solace and hope. With lyrics such as “Everything I am, made me everything I’m not” and bonding with college friends over being a “champion”. One song that I love to listen to still to this day is ‘Hey Mama’ it resonates with me, and makes me think of my mother.”You’re like a book of poetry, Maya Angelou, Nikki Giovanni, turn one page and there’s my mommy.”
Kanye’s first album ‘The College Dropout’ released in 2004, is where a lot of us fell in love with Kanye. From the many samples, and skits featuring the late comedian Bernie Mac, this album is priceless. It is Kanye literally speaking truth about being a college dropout and going after his dreams. As a college student, I now understand more where Kanye was coming from, its certainly one of the top albums for the culture by Kanye, debate me if you want. With tracks such as “We don’t care” where he gives hope to the young children of Chicago, to saying what we all felt as a community about police and freedom in “All Falls Down”. This album features, Talib Kweli, Common, Jay-z, Twista and more.
Kanye’s second studio album ‘Late Registration’ which was released in 2005 is another classic album of Kanye’s with so many hard hitting smooth bops. It was a much more personal album in my opinion. One of my favorite tracks on this album is “Roses” where he praises the Black women in his life, something all too relatable for me, or in ‘Heard em say’, with thought provoking lyrics such as ” and I heard em say nothing’s ever promised tommorow today”. This album is just amazing, and it constantly reminds me why I will always love Kanye. This album features, Adam Levine, Lupe Fiasco, Jamie Foxx, The Game, Brandy and more.
Kanye’s Third studio album ‘Graduation’ is priceless as well. It is just an overall positive album, with tracks/hits that I adore.This album was released in 2007.
Kanye’s first three albums are my all time favorite from him, although I enjoy certain tracks from majority of all of his projects. Kanye west is a musical genius, who came from the bottom. He has done so much for the culture of hip-hop, and I appreciate him for that. We have to understand even with all of the twitter rants, and “asshole” things that Kanye may participate in, that this is the same man that always moved left and did what he wanted, even when folks doubted him. For example with his hit “Jesus Walks” from ‘The College Dropout’, so many artist are on record saying that they laughed at Kanye for that track and it fueled him to release it even more, and you see what that got him. Again, this article wasn’t meant to be as serious, it’s a reminder that Kanye is still Kanye. Sure “I miss the old Kanye” too, but I believe that deep down he is still here.
“I miss the old Kanye, straight from the ‘Go Kanye,Chop up the soul Kanye, set on his goals Kanye. I hate the new Kanye,the bad mood Kanye,the always rude Kanye,spaz in the news Kanye. I miss the sweet Kanye, chop up the beats Kanye.
I gotta to say, at that time I’d like to meet Kanye, see I invented Kanye, it wasn’t any Kanyes,and now I look and look around and there’s so many Kanyes.
I used to love Kanye, I even had the pink Polo, I thought I was Kanye. What if Kanye made a song, about Kanye? Called “I Miss The Old Kanye,” man that’d be so Kanye. That’s all it was Kanye, we still love Kanye, and I love you like Kanye loves Kanye”
– Kanye West
Click the link below and check out this fun video of Kanye discussing meeting Jay-Z:
Also Click the link and check out Charlemagne Tha God and Kanye’s most recent interview: