Originally Posted by rocman23
He made some good points throughout the interview, but his thoughts are kind of all over the place. I understand him wanting to make the world better but outside of music what is he doing to make the world better? A lot of what he is saying just sounds like he's pissed that it hasn't been easy to get into the fashion and creative world. He mentions companies not wanting to work with him because he's black, which I don't think is the case at all. It is clear that there aren't a lot of blacks in higher up positions at these creative companies but I feel as though companies don't want to work with kanye because he's kanye. If things go south he will publicly bash a company, or at least that's what they believe.
Some of my main takeways:
- Kanye doesn't give a **** about the music anymore. All dude was talking about was fashion. Which to me is why Yeezus sounds the way it does, it's like a soundtrack for cutting edge fashion.
- His argument about Versace and designers like that is that we all slaves to them and that they should lower the price and that when someone walks in with a nicer brand then us we immediately feel like ****. That is an insane assumption that our self worth should be determined by what others are wearing. If he really wants to break that slave mentality then he should be preaching being comfortable with what you have and what you wear. Blacks have always had that slave mentality of keeping up with the joneses and copping new louis bags. If he really wanted to crack the pavement he would shun this. You want to say **** the corporations, then don't strive to be like them.
- He's wrong on so many accounts. What did steve jobs do to that changed the internet and made it amazing. Kanye credits dude with way too much, just like he credits himself with way too much. As black skinhead plays he mentions the line about "**** your corporations" and says it's from black skinhead, when it's actually from New Slaves. How does the man not know where his only lyrics come from. Once again he doesn't care about the music anymore.
- You can tell that he does want to change things, but it's also evident that he has no idea how to actually change things and neither does anyone in his camp.
I love Kanye's music, and I love his passion, but his mind is all over the place he needs some actual focus.
1) I'm wondering why people continue to say he's only helped in music creating great music IS HELPING THE WORLD. Not just him but any artist who puts out great quality music and performances is helping the world. It helps people see things from another side of human perspective, It makes people think and challenge societies views, it makes people emotional, it inspires people to create better or create more. so what exactly about Music/art is considered not helping the world. If your song can make even one person feel differently about their circumstances or even spark an idea or determination in you then you have effectively changed the world.... i'm so tired of this argument, i don't think people realize just how much music effects people.
2) I don't think he's grown tired of music, i think he's grown tired of making HIS own music as rapper Kanye West. He feels like he's reached a level where he has to do more than music to satisfy him. He explained why Yeezus was what it was like it or hate it it forced you to have an opinion and open up a discussion. Yeezus is unlike anything heard in hiphop it's like NOTHING played on the radio and the fact that he's as big of an artist as he is plays a part in that.
3) The whole point that he made in part one of the interview is WHY IS THERE NO YOUNG BLACK MEN IN THOSE INDUSTRIES... these huge corporations are now directly tailoring and marketing to a demographic that he sways by throwing on one outfit and for some reason his ideas won't work. By watching this interview you could tell that complacency is something that he hates, in all these other industries complacency will take place if the same kind of people are routinely hired. not even by race but more of people having to be from a certain background in order to have there ideas respected even if they happen to be great ideas.
4) In regards to your response on self worth you are kidding me if you as an american citizen feel as if material possessions in general don't play a huge part in perception and self worth. He's already advocated that self worth is important (think All Falls down) that's one song or idea isn't going to work when your entire day is spent being force fed products. Hell the American dream is pretty much Buy this, buy that, buy that or you haven't accomplished being an American. I'm sure we would love if material things didn't play a part in society but they play a HUGE role in every race and community on earth from black to white, rich to poor.