The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

29 January 2006

How K. West was one

I have stayed away from the subject of Kanye West's fatuous Rolling Stone cover, largely because I was hoping he'd find it worthwhile to follow its example: throw himself into the ocean, say, and then show up at Sean "Puff Daddy" "P. Diddy" Combs' house 72 hours later.

Admittedly, it never once occurred to me that someone would actually take this man seriously; I mean, I care as much about what Kanye West thinks of American culture just about as much as I care what Ashton Kutcher has to say about superstring theory, which is a number that approaches zero as quickly as it's possible to get there. But maybe that's because I'm over 40:

All of you commenting about Kanye must be 40 yrs. old or older. Young people, such as myself, can care less about Kanye's political rampage. When he said that Bush did not care about black people, he was only saying what almost every black person wanted to say. Kanye has the youth rapped up in his fingertips. He wants the same recognition from the grown folks. I understand Kanye completely. When your an music artist, your suppose to walk down the same path everyone else did in the past. However, Kanye is making his own path. He is redefining what pop artists is actually capable of doing. You all need to stop looking at things in black and white. Kanye is practically defying the laws of music artists and I love him to death for that.

The preceding brought to you by one "bigballs," commenting at In the Agora, wherein Joshua Claybourn has some semi-kind words for West's oeuvre: "Observe his music in a vacuum and it deserves tremendous acclaim." I'll pass, thank you; to obtain that vacuum, I'd have to go look for something else that sucks that much.

Posted at 9:11 AM to Dyssynergy


the "stop looking at things in black and white" made me giggle...

Posted by: aka_monty at 9:18 AM on 29 January 2006

When your an music artist, your suppose to walk down the same path everyone else did in the past....He is redefining what pop artists is actually capable of doing.
And this poster is redefining what high school students is capable of writing.

Posted by: Dan at 3:03 PM on 29 January 2006

Indeed. As a demonstration of the deterioration of linguistic discipline and elegance, this could hardly be surpassed. Anything milder would fail to make the point; anything worse would be implausible self-caricature.

Posted by: Francis W. Porretto at 4:13 PM on 29 January 2006

Since sound cannot travel in a vacuum, observing his music in a vacuum would result in silence. Maybe that is worthy of some acclaim.

Posted by: Sean Gleeson at 6:10 PM on 29 January 2006

Kanye would have really been taking a risk if he had dressed as Mohammed.

Trying to shock by dressing as Jesus = yawn

Posted by: Barry Duren at 9:53 PM on 29 January 2006

Well, I'm not 40 yet. And a "young" person, "such as myself", is not (w)rapped up in Kanye in any way, shape or form to the extent that I would see a connection between Christ and a well-off African American music star with a good family background.

And you know how I feel about the abuse of the word "your."

I agree. I'd like to hear his music in a vacuum as well.

Posted by: Julie at 9:07 AM on 30 January 2006

When your an music artist, your suppose to walk down the same path everyone else did in the past. However, Kanye is making his own path.

That would be the "say something outrageous to stir up the old folks" path -- talk about a road less travelled!

And to expand on Barry Duren's comment, I seem to recollect a music guy a few years back who stirred up the old folks by saying his act was "bigger than Jesus."

Everything moldy is new again.

Posted by: McGehee at 1:10 PM on 30 January 2006