In light of recent “Kanye” news, it’s safe to say that Mr. West has gone through a considerable
change since his first appearance in 2004—and yet—it would seem—not really. The
controversial mastermind has made an impact on fashion, music, and basic commentary, and has
only built on that momentum to-date! Now we reflect on everything “Yeezy” and ponder the lurid
juxtaposition of the infamous Kanye West vs. the all-powerful Yeezus Christ.
It almost carries the same inflection as “Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde”: On one hand, you have
this supportive family man and entrepreneur who loves his people and hopes to deflate things like
classism and infringement on personal rights; and on the other, you have the over-the-top
eccentric and artistic visionary who gave us innovative videos like “Good Life,” “Power,”
“Stronger” and “Gold Digger” but who also causes controversy with every single breath!
Let’s pull back for a minute to when we were first introduced to Kanye and his Polo
shirts via College Dropout. Though a lot of people knew him for his musical production and
affiliation with Jay-Z, it wasn’t until Kanye’s almost-tragic car accident took place that we really
got to see the MC shine. It was then that Kanye recorded the well-sampled “Through The Wire”
which instantly gave him notoriety as rapper with a divine purpose—but – in retrospect – also
gave the world its first indication of how outspoken Kanye really was because even as his mouth
was LITERALLY wired shut, this man still managed to record an entire (and coherent) song!
And not only that, but Kanye could spit! And the words he was spitting were some of realest ever
felt! From “We Don’t Care” to “Last Call” Kanye showed us exactly who he was and why it was
his time to be on top. And though we could never have imagined neither the heights nor the
length Mr. West would eventually go, it was enough to keep us on board.
Whether you love him or hate him, you’ll definitely be watching him because, simply put: There will never be another Kanye West.
Then came the infamous “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” comment that
would cement Kanye as the most candid and uncensored rapper alive! Taking his commentary a
step than N.W.A did with “F*ck The Police,” Kanye wasn’t at all phased when speaking what he
felt to be the truth—on national television, no less, and for all see! It was the first in a series of
less-than-fortunate “Kanye” events, and though at the time, it held the promise of being the most
severe, every new statement to succeed it would only up the ante! Then came the album title that
would solidify it all: Kanye’s sixth studio album, Yeezus. A spinoff from the nickname “Yeezy,”
(a name also garnered by Kanye’s close association to Jay-Z, AKA “Jay Hova,” whereupon
Kanye is the almighty’s protégé, “Yeezus Christ,” and in the same breath, God himself), the name
would become what some would call the grand accumulation of everything ‘Kanye West.’ As far
as ego’s go, it’s no secret Yeezy’s has always been his best ally and quoted “imaginary friend.”
The self-proclaimed “genius” has never shied away from expressing how great he thinks he is,
and if we’re talking numbers (i.e., followers, album sales, views, downloads, etc.) it is clear a lot of people agree.
Fast-forward to 2016 and Kanye is now the father of two, a devoted husband, a record
label CEO and fashion designer with his own shoe and clothing line thanks to ADIDAS, and it is
clear he has done a lot of growing up. Still as outspoken as ever, Kanye has redirected his energy
to more positive outlets and has made amends for actions of consequence in the past. But Yeezus
is still alive and well and blatantly makes himself known! Whether declaring his candidacy as
America’s future political leader, siding with Bill Cosby via Twitter or going on unfiltered
Twitter rants, Kanye is a one-of-a-kind, “uncut” gem who will always speak his mind. And
whether you love him or hate him, you’ll definitely be watching him because, simply put: There
will never be another Kanye West.
Written by Jae Antoinette