Have We Tired of Kanye West’s Rants?September 27th, 2013
By Jacob Rohn
It was an active Twitter day for Kanye West who took to the social network to lambast late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel for making fun of his BBC interview in which the “I Am A God” rapper called himself the “biggest rockstar out right now.” Yeezy’s tweets read as if a middle schooler had sent them, mostly calling Kimmel unfunny and saying he’s never had “good p***y.” Kanye’s immature and unhilarious response only seemed to make Kimmel’s point stronger.
Since Kanye made it into the spotlight he’s given us endless examples of his ego getting in the way of his actual talent. But have people finally had enough of the Chicago MC’s rants? It seems as though, the answer is yes. When folks hear about Yeezy going off on one thing or another their eyes just glaze over–the sentiment being: “He’s at it again.”
This instance though brought up one comparison that has long been overlooked: Kanye’s similarities to the late Tupac Shakur. Both have a charismatic passion that intensifies as the subject matter progressively gets deeper. So why were Pac’s statements taken seriously and often times lauded whereas Yeezy’s are not?
The answer differs for different people. For non-hip hop fans that like pop music, Kanye has never really recovered from the Taylor Swift incident. He’s still the same egomaniac that could comfortably walk on stage and mortify a young starlet (it should be noted that if anything the incident helped Swift’s career so don’t feel too bad for her). For hip hop fans though, it’s another story.
When Tupac would profess himself to be a victim, he actually was. His “me against the world” outlook was validated by his various experiences with the law and with the streets, from police brutality and his rape charge to his being shot five times in a New York studio, he was to many a victim. And both his lyrics and life experience conveyed to America that “this is what young black men are going through every day”.
Kanye on the other hand always seems like a child throwing a tantrum. When he’s trying to portray himself as a victim it comes from a notably narcissistic place. For example, his recent attack on a paparazzo, even as despised as they are in America, fighting one for pretty much nothing when you’re engaged to someone who owes her entire career to the paparazzi, does not win you any sympathy.
Ye has always had a chip on his shoulder ever since labels refused to sign him as a rapper. So it should be noted that he does deserve credit for fighting an uphill battle and winning. But when your biggest and most boisterous cheerleader during that battle is yourself the public loses interest. As Kimmel pointed out, you can’t be your own hypeman.
Though it is true that as a musician and producer, Kanye West IS one of the biggest stars on the planet. And even though it’s true that he should perhaps get more credit for bucking the corporate structure and for what he’s able to do creatively in art and fashion. Kanye drowns out his legitimate points with unabashed self promotion and self-aggrandizment.
One thing’s for sure, Kanye West does not need your validation. Yet for someone that doesn’t care what people think of him, this latest incident with Kimmel shows that he actually does care. Doesn’t Yeezy know, that some of the most talented folks never get their due until their gone?
In the meantime, we’ll just hope for him to put all this energy into creating rather than ranting.