Thursday, February 12, 2015
In 2009 we were appalled when Kanye West interrupted then 19-year-old Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the VMA’s for video of the year. Well, he was at it again on Sunday night at the Grammy’s when he almost interrupted Beck’s acceptance speech for album of the year. But he decided not to crash the stage this time around, “out of respect for his daughter, North, and his wife, as well as his clothing line.” That was certainly big of him.
In both instances West was upset that Beyonce did not receive the award. "I just know that the Grammys, if they want real artists, to keep coming back, they need to stop playing with us. We ain't gonna play with them no more. And Beck needs to respect artistry and he should've given his award to Beyonce." Hard to argue with that logic.
He went on to say he and other artists were "tired" of being disrespected by the Grammys. "Because when you keep on diminishing art and not respecting the craft and smacking people in their face after they deliver monumental feats of music, you're disrespectful to inspiration. And we as musicians have to inspire people who go to work every day, and they listen to that Beyonce album and they feel like it takes them to another place." Not sure what I would do without Beyonce’s music in my life.
Some people will say these are just two instances in a long history of bad behavior from the rapper and “fashion mogul”. To those people I say, can you really blame him? I mean the man’s a genius, just ask him. “I think what Kanye West is going to mean is something similar to what Steve Jobs means. I am undoubtedly, you know, Steve of internet, downtown, fashion, culture. Period. By a long jump. I honestly feel that because Steve has passed, you know, it’s like when Biggie passed and Jay Z was allowed to become Jay Z.” Makes perfect sense to me. Torch passed.
You’re probably wondering how one man became so incredibly enlightened. From studying literature perhaps? Nah. “Sometimes people write novels and they just be so wordy and so self-absorbed. I am not a fan of books. I would never want a book's autograph. I am a proud non-reader of books.” I totally agree – books are stupid. I would never want a book’s autograph either.
So apparently he was just born with his gift like Clark Kent or Lebron James. “One of the problems with being a bubbling source of creativity - it's like I'm bubbling in a laboratory, and if you don't put a cap on it, at one point it will, like, break the glass. If I can hone that… then I have, like, nuclear power, like a superhero, like Cyclops when he puts his glasses on.” Exactly – I just hope you don’t spontaneously combust on stage at some point. You know, from all the creative genius bubbling inside of you. It could totally happen.
Beneath all the much warranted bravado we need to recognize two things, a) first and foremost Kanye West is a good person, and b) his heart is always in the right place. “I believe that bad taste is vulgar. It's like cursing. I think the world can be saved through design, because what is the most distasteful thing someone can do? Kill someone. So, good taste is the opposite of that.” Dude – you just blew my mind.
Some people will say he’s just a musician and that his contributions to the world really aren’t that significant. To those people I say, are you sure about that? “I liberate minds with my music. That's more important than liberating a few people from apartheid or whatever.” Take that Nelson Mandela.
With all of the amazing things he’s accomplished so far (like starting his own clothing line and knocking up a Kardashian) you’re probably wondering if he has any regrets? “I am God's vessel. But my greatest pain in life is that I will never be able to see myself perform live.” Having to live with that inner torment on a daily basis, can we really blame him for an occasional outburst here or there?
Everybody just get off Kanye already .