The polarizing figure that is Kanye West, has become either a thorn in your thoughts or a solidified inspiration to how you pursue your dreams in this society. This really depends on how you take his so called “rants” or his misguided responses to what some would say are injustices to the artistic. West is a world renowned artist, rapper and creative that dives into his crafts with a reckless abandon. His sheer passion is one to admire but his seeming lack of understanding of his platform and his brash personality make it hard for some people to like him. He can be a bit of an ass at times but his genius is remarkable. In his career spanning over 10+ years as a performer and music producer he is literally responsible for countless careers. His approach on music single handedly changed the course of Hip Hop, helping to turn it into the mega genre it is today.
Kanye, despite having controversial slip ups with his words, has done pretty well at staying away from the typical rapper drama while creating a path to super-stardom that has never been seen before. His new album Life of Pablo, in which he parallels his life with the great Pablo Picasso seems to be another achievement he can be proud of as he enters a turning point in his music career. Comparing yourself to arguably the greatest artist of all time takes some large cojones, but his past work and future ambitions just might be enough to validate his claims.
10 Kanye Says What He Means
9 We Love to Hate Him
8 Kanye's Success in Fashion
7 He Stands Up For the Underdog
6 Kanye Changed How Music Was Produced
5 He's Not Afraid to Be Controversial
4 He Survived a Date With Death
3 He Flipped the Sound of Music… Again
2 A Man With Aspirations is an Inspiration
1 He Made "Jesus Walks" - He’s Never Going to Hell
To finish off this list it is only right to talk about the single most important reason why he is famous in the first place. “Jesus Walks” the drum heavy jam of 2004 put this budding star on the map. A song where he reminds those who are struggling through life that Jesus Christ walks with them. A song that broke ground by bringing religion into the clubs. (I literally remember these moments).
Although stifled by a label who didn’t want to pay to shoot the video for the song, he took it into his own hands to put the money up himself to create the compelling visual that came along with it. This is why he is the Picasso of our generation. His ability to step into other creative mediums and still exceed expectations is beautiful. This is also evident in his many attempts at video directing, short films and the artwork he presents with his music.
Kanye knows how to slide in his religious beliefs into the pot in a compelling manner that most mainstream artist just can’t. He embodies the total package of the artist and even in his moments of uncertainty he can stand on his music. Life of Pablo is another opportunity for you to check out his genius. Don’t judge a man by his words but by his actions so we will see if Kanye’s actions over the next decade resemble all of the things he has been saying. Do you think Kanye is our Picasso or just another artist in the bunch?
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