We all know this Kanye. In fact, we look forward to it. I was hoping that I would catch a classic Kanye rant when I saw him a couple of years ago. Every time this happens, we excuse this as Kanye being Kanye. I don’t. Every time he does something, whether it’s calling out the President or speaking about reconnecting with a past love, it’s done in a timed, truthful fashion that you have no choice, but to say that you respect it. Ilook forward to them because it’s raw. This newest rant wasn’t any different.
If you know me, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of passion coupled with emotion. I believe these two things are dependent upon each other and you can’t have one without the other. By watching others exemplify this, it’s where artists find their inspiration, (and sometimes alone in a room with a bottle of alcohol). I also believe that society suppresses them out of fear. Fear that becomes inspiring and then changes the natural flow and order of things that make people comfortable. In other words, people don’t like when you break their established order.
Kanye has never been in the business of maintaining an established order. It’s the artist’s dilemma. Breaking standards guides our every thought. It’s constantly asking themselves: what am I doing that hasn’t been done? How do most people feel about something but can’t express it? How can I spread what I think to the most amount of people? It starts with his music, which never sounds the same from each album to the next. It’s been his passion, which is what he creates, coupled with his emotion, and the answering of all these questions, that produce Kanye. And it’s amazing to watch.
For the sake of not sounding like a super-Stan, his tact can be off at moments, but his statements have always been perfection. Think about Katrina and how he said what others felt. Think about his disdain for award shows. It’s absolute faith in the purity of art.
In his latest London (and now Paris) show rants, Kanye was speaking about the need to keep the purity of the artistic mindset. Hmmm what is that? It’s not compromising. It’s doing it simply because you love it and want others to love it. It was his frustration of others trying to taint it and take advantage. If that would’ve happened, it could have been the continuation of the typical routine and coforming. It’s the thing I hate the most. It’s not a good feeling when an artist is just working for checks and feeling constrained of their full creativity.
For my last point, let’s think about emotion for a second. Think about when something hits you, but you can’t react, so you’re quiet and you hold it in. Now what do you do? Sooner or later it just becomes bottled up and thoughts become incomprehensible. So what do you do to let it out? You scream, because you can’t translate it. You scream loud and long.