The World According to Kanye
I have completely flip-flopped on Kanye West. I like him. And not as a musician really, though I can dig a little "Touch the Sky" from time to time when it pops up on the old iPod. What I like about Kanye is his never-say-die approach to self promotion. When faced with adversity, Kanye does not go quietly into that good night. No, as seen in the footage below, captured at August's Video Music Awards, this guy is a one-man Kanye West activist. (Although his tirade is laced with profanities, most have been bleeped, but this is still NSFW. The good stuff starts at 00:41.):
Is he really so blindly self-absorbed or is this all some kind of Andy Kaufman-esque persona created to keep his name in the press? The first few times Kanye's mouth made headlines, I dismissed him as a loudmouthed egomaniac. And so he is, but the odd thing is that the longer he keeps this thing going, the more endearing he becomes. Kanye believes in himself with the faith of one who will not be dissuaded from his mission. It's childlike or pathological or delusional, but increasingly interesting.
Somehow, being the crybaby of the rap world is working for him. The September release of West's latest album crushed a same-day release by 50 Cent (who had vowed to quit rap if West beat him in album sales). West also launched a blog this fall where he opines on everything from music to fashion to limited edition White Stripes cameras.
And now West has distilled his worldview into a volume, available now for pre-order on his site. West describes the book, "Thank You and You're Welcome" as, "an entertaining volume of 'Kanye-isms' -- the creative, humorous and insightful philosophies and anecdotes used in creating my path to success. It captures the same wit, playful irony, and piercing insight found abundant in my lyrics."
The only problem? It doesn't drop until January 2 -- too late for stocking stuffers.
Timeline: Kanye West's Outbursts
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