Like most Americans, I am terribly interested in how famous people get to be famous.
How exactly does one argue for ones place in history?
From over here in Europe, I have come to know Kanye West’s music by tapping into the occasional online video. One of his works was aired on viva.tv the German music broadcaster.
West is relevant in the context of our world becoming transformative. Old stuff and new suff fusing into one big mess that needs be resolved by each on his or her own, in his or her own interest. In his additive mode West has put his impulses of narcissism and social good to work to make majestic music, that is thought provoking and grand-scaled.
A great thinker and adored scatterbrain, rather talented in abstract thinking, fully competent in technological mash-ups, and capable of intellectual thoughts believed to be a white man’s domain, had him see through the scheme of things and take us boldly to where no black man has gone before.
He has widened the genre’s gates, whether for middle-class values or high-fashion and high-art dreams.
808’s & Heartbreaks (Christmas edition), Watch the Throne 2011
Blurring the line between black and white
“I don’t know if this is statistically right, but I’m assuming I have the most Grammys of anyone my age, but I haven’t won one against a white person.”
I don’t know if this is statistically right, but I’m assuming that West has already moved public perception beyond soul food, gospel singer, gangster rap and the blues brothers to inhibit the intellectual property believed to be a white anglo saxxon domain.
— The New York Times (@nytimes) June 12, 2013
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