[Words By// @K1ngEljay]
Sometimes, just having clarity helps.
I feel like we’ve said this before recently, but it bears repeating, especially in the curious case of Kanye West. After releasing The Life Of Pablo, his latest album, on Tidal and declaring that it will never be sold, it shortly was put back into the oven to fine-tune a few things. Thankfully, the project is the better for it, but it caused a bit of an issue for those trying to review/promote the thing.
Like, us, for instance. Continue reading
[Written By// @K1ngEljay]
Hot take time! Maybe we shouldn’t write about Kanye West anymore.
Granted, Kanye is one of the most polarizing characters in the entertainment industry. He’s also one of the few figures that is unable to not speak his mind at any given junction, making him a bit of an unpredictable pariah of sorts, for better or for worse. He’s detailed everything in his music from sending diiih picks to journaling his thoughts about marrying his then-girlfriend to her father to blood diamonds (and everything in-between). He’s not the most lyrical person – and he never was – but the way he moves can either intrigue you to the point of stalking Kim Kardashian’s Twitter page for new songs and announcements, or stress you out to the point you write him off completely.
That’s the thing; there’s so much to latch on to… It’s incredibly easy to write about ‘Ye. You can literally just wait a couple of days for an inflammatory tweet (“BILL COSBY IS INNOCENT!”) or wait for his new shoes to drop and marvel at how people pay money for some of them, but the point is Kanye is gon’ Kanye harder than the Grammys are going to promote behind Black artists (and give the big awards to “non-Black” ones). He’s always going, always talking, always trying to move forward in general. So when Craig tweeted that there was only one Black reviewer spotted for Ye’s new album, The Life of Pablo, it didn’t make sense to me. People pen about Kanye all the time. Even I’ve written about him a few times in the last year or two, so I quickly hit Google for myself.
Outside of some small blogs, he was right.
I know, I know. I was surprised too, Kanye.
Maybe it’s because the rollout for the album is one of the worst we’ve ever seen? Maybe it’s due to the fact that I’m still not entirely sure if the album is officially released yet? Either way, it still sounds contradictory for there to be so much to write about with ‘Ye, and so many articles to pop up on the man, but to have that oversight from the community that Kanye puts ON for (read: us, Black people). The more I thought about it, however, the more it makes sense, because I’ve written about Kanye multiple times myself. Continue reading