Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Kanye West

In light of how many tracks surfaced as a result of his G.O.O.D. Fridays project, Kanye must have enough material for three of four albums. The officially album, My Dark And Twisted Fantasy, dropped this week. As a result, I've spent an inordinate amount of time analyzing my current disposition toward Mr. West. In many ways, I don't like Kanye. He is arrogant, maybe the most arrogant personality in popular culture today. He often spews uncensored ignorance. He seems to be obsessed with porn. Yet, in a sincerely insincere culture, Kanye's authenticity and transparency are rare. He is insecure and he has issues, and he doesn't try to hide his shortcomings. In that regard, I can learn a lot from Kanye.

At times it's hard to prevent my frustration with Kanye's dark side from tainting my enjoyment of his music. But I can't deny that he puts out music unlike and unparalleled by anyone in the industry today. Musically, the man is a genius, and that is on display in his latest album. I appreciate the way he explores many of his fears and insecurities in this new album. Check out a few tracks below.

- Joel

1 comment:

kristin elena. said...

i tried so hard not to give a shit about this album b/c he is such an arrogant son of a bitch. but there's no denying this album is great. my fave track is monster.