How Will Kanye West Embrace Fatherhood?January 2nd, 2013
By Gee King
Kanye West already told us what would happen if he planted his seed on 2007’s “Celebration” and 2011’s “New Day.” He probably won’t raise a mild-mannered Black Republican, but his big brother and sister (Jay-Z and Beyoncé) have laid a brilliant blueprint for him and Kim to follow when it comes to dealing with the media frenzy. But press or no press, it is endlessly intriguing to imagine Kanye West as a father.
On one hand, you could picture Yeezy welcoming his newborn prince into the world with “Celebration” blasting as he pops bottles of Ace and gives Kim positive but not comforting words of encouragement. But it’s much more likely that he’ll shrink out of the spotlight, attempt to master fatherhood and spend his off days crafting work that can truly express his many emotions.
While swag, raw honesty and universally relatable bars are why everybody and their mom’s mom loves Kanye, his legacy to rap will be as the Emo God. Birthing the possibility of the Drakes and Kid Cudis, he’s taught his peers and inspired his teachers for a decade now. Since he first started saying his truth with his chest in 2002, he’s taught us all how to get out our feelings. That will prove to be an interesting tool in fatherhood.
Fatherhood is a level of emotional sensitivity that his most threatening competition can’t match. Unless Breezy or Drake want to throw their 20s away for a kid, it seems like Kanye will continue to be the brightest star in our universe for the foreseeable future and possibly hip hop’s most famous dad. Because of his age, and the thirst of his baby mother’s family for fame, Ye will definitely be more prominent than Hov has been since Blu Ivy’s birth. Jay and Bey were always recluses, Ye was always an attention seeking extrovert. But how he handles the media storm will only be entertainment.
The important question is: what kind of child will Kanye and Kim raise? A revolutionary king or queen? A fashion god or goddess? If he has a girl, him, Jay and Chris Rock have to make a romantic comedy about fatherhood. Jay Electronica and Andre 3000 would come out of their dungeons for that. Also, everything Kanye does that isn’t rapping is awkwardly hilarious. Can you imagine him changing diapers or Kim breastfeeding? It could all be very surreal, if played out publicly; Very intriguing if kept low. Whatever it is about the Kardashian gene pool, their women have proven to bring the best out of a man. Hopefully that means inspiration for Kanye to create his Thriller.
This feels like a new day, but it’s not clear if it’s the end or the beginning. What if we’re only seeing the birth of his star? Or what if this will be his Lauryn Hill cue to fade? It’s hard to call it from 2013, but can you imagine what kind of world Kanye West will have created for his first born by 2023?