Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Kanye West

It seems that the ongoing sagas, “tantrums” and headline stories of Kanye West stems much deeper than the artist being labeled as an award show crasher, racist, heated individual who is completely irrational. Watching a recent interview of Kanye West on the US Today Show, I picked up a much more different side of him a midst all of the frustrations, posing questions and irritation Kanye showed. What must be remembered in any case with celebrities period, is what they say will always be thrown out of proportion and will somehow be misconstrued whether it is a positive response or a negative response. Within this interview, any person who paid attention to Kanye directly would notice that he actually made a conscious effort to contain himself and compose his answers wholeheartedly. While he was continuously getting frustrated with the antics of the media, he tried to remain calm and explain his point of view and where his remarks came from. It also must be remembered when considering any celebrity, that first and foremost Kanye is an artist, alike many of the other singers, rappers and musicians. His sole purpose of creating music is to create art, not to create fame and the celebrity name that comes with it. So in understanding this, there has to be some room left for Kanye to breathe knowing that his first and foremost role and duty is to be creative, be an artist and be himself. Not one time should we expect him to be perfect in every aspect of the media and every part of the industry. Yes he should be composed, speak with respect and learn when to remain quiet and observant but let’s play a game of empathy. Put yourself in the shoes of Kanye West. An idolized, world renowned superstar and self proclaimed “chosen one” with an astounding ability to not only be creative but captivate people within his creativity and add a whole new aspect to the world of hip hop as we know it. This is what we see. Kanye West is a human being. A rational, strong and real individual who is not afraid to speak the truth when it needs to be spoken, ready to make a change within the world as it is today and willing to stand up for his rights and those who he loves and who love him. It seems the media has an ideology of what a superstar should be like, how a superstar should act and what a superstar should do without really paying homage to the true person they are. Kanye’s ongoing battle of losing his mother, the way he expresses his realness and his sharp intellect have all molded him into the great person that he is. It seems the media wants to box and group every one into particular categories and roles and this to me is wrong. Kanye West is a symbol of being who you are and standing up for what you are instead of what others want you to be. And maybe if people actually embraced this concept of thinking then the world would be a much more creative, exciting and peaceful place. I think Kanye is a visionary for what we all should strive to be like, never boxed in, always original and always standing up for what you believe in. Kudos to Kanye. You are a star!

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