Last week was particularly difficult for Kanye West fans. Since reactivating his Twitter account on April 13, the rapper has declared his love for Trump – "You do not have to agree with Trump, but the mob can not make me love him" – and was excited about a future meeting with Trump billionaire Peter Thiel. Although West had previously met with Trump shortly after the election, this was the first time he had actually supported the president. People responded that West had finally reached the point where they did not return, sharing rappers' memes in the "sunken place" and blaspheming the hypocrisy of the West, expressing free speech and free thought and showing admiration for the man who spent a fortune on trigger Gawker. But if you're paying attention, you'll see that West's current behavior matches what made him even more attractive.
Because in addition to his brutal honesty and his fervent narcissism, West is someone who thinks of himself as an eternal outsider and who still seeks the affirmation of various elites.
West has spent the entire time of his career treading the door from which he was expelled. On his debut album in 2004, West woke up poetically at being laughed at by his label for switching from producer to rapper, and made the hit "Jesus Walks" about how difficult it would be to get Christian rap Radio. He often scoffed at the amount of prizes he would lose even though he was ranked # 1
He considered himself an outsider and fought naysayers, white racists and stubborn institutions were also an early advocate for certain issues of social justice, spoke about the effects of drug trafficking on young black men, spoke out against the anti-gay sentiment in the Out in front of other celebrity-minded people, and most infantilically condemning media coverage of black victims of Hurricane Katrina and President George W. Bush's handling of the 2005 disaster. Although these views are now in the mainstream, West's openness was not supported by his colleagues back then.
West's message of individuality, self-esteem and perseverance in lines like "Every wanker told me that I could not rhyme / Now I could let these dream killers kill my self esteem / Or use my arrogance as a St Eam, for my dreams too Strengthen "seemed to stimulate his song" Last Call "of 2004 with his young audience and put West in a position where his voice helped many young fans find theirs. By telling his own stories, he stumbled upon being a role model for a generation of teenagers looking for a way to be their authentic selves.
West was generally able to get positive feedback for his unsolicited opinions public persona was the infamous 2009 MTV Video Music Awards with Taylor Swift. More than rejecting Bush, his interruption of the young country star who won the Best Female Video Award made West a martyr of free speech. While objectively a rude gesture, West against Swift became a tableau for the rejection of white mediocrity that outshines black art, a message that most of West's black fans were pleased to bring to light. Immediately thereafter, the rapper Wale said before the house band of the award show: "You can not blame a man for saying his opinion." West was taken through the scenes to challenge what art deserves credit for, famous The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and a tear when he was asked what his recently deceased mother had kept from his behavior. But the gesture gave him the ardent support of critics of the awards and established West as a more honest barometer of the music industry, especially given how quickly he gave awards to the artist he considered deserved.
West However, he had a notable critic, then-President Barack Obama, calling West in a backstage CNBC backstage interview in 2009 Jackass. He would later stand to the remark in a Atlantic profile of 2012 of the rapper. Although West was somewhat magnanimous in his response – "Obama has much more important things to do than my public perception," he told XXL in 2009 – it must surely have rubbed that he was denied a relationship with Obama on every corner, and this one Embarrassment seemed to set in motion his years of approval of Trump.
Following the release of his groundbreaking album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy West decided to set up her own womenswear line, and once again he felt unfairly excluded from the upper echelon of the buzzword. He invited every major fashion critic to see this in a full show at the Paris Fashion Week in the fall of 2011, to disappointing results. The Wall Street Journal wrote, "The only thing that hurt more than seeing the dress was the way the model ended up in shoes on the catwalk that were so inappropriate that their barbed hooks bent at an angle."
West turned his anger on ] Yeezus his aggressive 2013 album, which once again prevailed in fashion industry, religious leaders, corporate America and white supremacy. He conducted a series of interviews on what he saw as the elitism of big fashion companies like Nike, as well as the boundaries he was given as a celebrity. He was allowed to be sponsored by Marken, but was not allowed to give them creative input.
West said in an interview with Zane Lowe in 2015 that before his Adidas deal, "I give examples of the work I did that was really successful and I'm just completely shut down." But not just from the company, over The last time we talked, every single company, every single company you can imagine, is like, "No, you're a celebrity. You must not create, you must not think, you must not have an opinion. But after the Adidas deal had already proved successful, West claimed on Twitter that he would be $ 53 million in debt, trying to rally his followers into compelling Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, adding $ 1 billion to his ideas His platitudes of self-worth mutated, now he was a self-proclaimed thought leader, though his thoughts felt even more unpredictable and unfathomable.He was no longer just a celebrity, he was related to Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X and Nikola Tesla – figures who West had always had an ego, but demonstrably had a bubble in it and stopped strengthening its fans, even though he did not necessarily have to be wrong to become the most influential To count public figures in 2013 – in fact several publications confirmed his testimony – in the fight for as Vorden To be perceived, he unmasked the shortsightedness that he gained a decade of fame. He took advantage of the fact that he and his wife Kim Kardashian had to lobbied to be recognized by institutions such as Vogue or the Hollywood Walk of Fame as an example of classicism having replaced racism as if it were new Trading money would be respect. He was the fashion world and did not take him seriously to Michael Jackson, who was not played on MTV because he was black. West ignored constructive criticism from those who cared about how his plight actually had an impact on others, demanded meetings with influential business people, and seemed to have a media diet about what he wanted to hear instead.
Just last week, when West pictures of his confusing new Yeezy shoe designs, the fan reactions were less than friendly – and it felt like an ominous predecessor to what was to come. A Twitter user named @Cripple_God using a wheelchair, quoted a photo of the electric-blue Yeezy, tweeted the rapper made his debut and said, "Would not wear that shit if they could get me to work." The post has been retweeted thousands of times.
Damon Young's recent article on VerySmartBrot about West, which refuses to read, is fitting because it indicates that West seeks convenience in the content he consumes. To isolate himself physically in his home in Hidden Hills or in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, seemingly separating himself from people who might question his views (though he had John Legend for dinner after Legend himself posted news for him) attempting to persuade (West or others to part with Trump) allows him to detect any type of message in the media that serves as the undisputed endorsement of his thoughts.
Donald Trump was a victory for Kanye West because he now has access to one The man who can identify himself with being ostracized by corporate America and those elites in the power West wanted to ingratiate himself with. Like Trump, West has proven he benefits from the credit he got, and now two republican presidents have publicly stated how big he looked on them, for better or worse Meanwhile, Trump has a black face with star power that shares his desperate need for affirmation from the world's most powerful people.
What comes next with West is hard to pin down. His music is often the most revealing, but if the song he released on Friday entitled "Lift Yourself" is any indication, he does not take public opinion very seriously about his recent actions. A second song released Friday night, "Ye Vs The People," is a political tête-à-tête with rapper TI ending in a dead end, possibly suggesting that he is still under the same delusion as 2013 There is one person in the world who could rename a Confederate flag or a MAGA hat as a symbol of a black empowerment. For as much controversy as he caused while dropping clues that he would run for President in 2020, he admits to have little knowledge of conservative politics.
His recent retaliation against Obama and Jay-Z seems to indicate that West is still worried about the opinion of other powerful black figures of culture, though he could simply rage against the lack of attention she gets him seem to pay. After all, the visionary has finally lost his laser-focused vision, and some have even said he is "redpilled". Whatever the case, whatever is constant, West will continue to seek respect, be it from the President of Universal Music or the President of the United States, and when he is in debt – be it emotional or financial or both – those are losing the most, the generation of fans who have helped him so far. ●