Keeping up with Kanye

“This is a God Dream”

We all know that Kanye West is known for doing some crazy stuff. One of the first of many “Kanye Moments” happened in 2005, post Hurricane Katrina, when he claimed that “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” while appearing on A Concert for Hurricane Relief on NBC. I’m sure we all remember how he interrupted Taylor Swift during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards (thanks to Hennessey) and claimed that Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time. What’s new with Mr. West nowadays? Besides misunderstanding tweets from Wiz, he recently premiered his Yeezy Season 3 clothing line as well as released his newest album The Life of Pablo via Tidal. You’d think that with all the buzz surrounding him, Kanye should be ok, right? Well, his latest Twitter rant begs to differ, and is begging for cash.

Now I Ain’t Sayin He A Gold Digger…

This Saturday, Kanye took to the Twittersphere to let everyone know that he is $53 million in debt and that he needs help. He specifically called out Facebook mogul Mark Zuckerberg and asked for him to “invest 1 billion dollars into Kanye West ideas”, as well as encouraged his fans to join in his movement. His album TLOP was only released on Tidal, therefore leaving all those without a subscription unable to listen to it. He also stated that the album will “never never never be on Apple”, thus making it unavailable for download to those who use Apple Music to get their albums.

On top of his album release, he also launched his season 3 collection of his Yeezy clothing line, which he had told us last year cost him $16 million just to launch. He started off New York Fashion week this past Thursday by hosting a fashion show/album listening party at Madison Square Garden, and also streaming it live on Tidal. At the show, he claimed that Adidas essentially hosted it before screaming “Fuck Nike!” and went on to announce he also is releasing a video game about his mother going to heaven. Nonetheless, no one has had more up’s and down’s so far this year more than Kanye.

All that being said, Kanye: what the fuck is wrong with you? What happened to the College Dropout Kanye that we all came to love? I think that you’ve been hit with the Kardashian Kurse. You saw what the women in that family have done to anyone who comes in contact with them (Lamar Odem, Rob Kardashian, Bruce) and the results aren’t usually that positive. I also don’t respect the fact that he contradicts himself a lot as well. For instance, he originally had planned to release TLOP through Tidal for a week, before releasing it to the public. Never happened. He also said that he’d allow those who had Tidal to buy a digital download of the album before he pulled back on that idea as well. Kanye: you complain about money, yet do things to yourself to prevent from making any! Hop out of the bubble that you live in (which is most likely your wife’s huge butt) and give the fans what they want!

All due respect to Kanye, I’m sure that he’s a hard working guy who has a lot to offer to the world, but man does he suck at presenting his ideas. If you want more people to buy your clothes, make them affordable! If you want your fans to listen to your music, don’t make them subscribe to a music streaming program just to do it. You have to appeal to everyone and not single those out who either can’t afford to buy your clothes or access Tidal in the process. Sure, you’re doing your boy Jay Z a favor by only allowing your album to be accessed on his music service program, but you’re NOT doing a favor for your fans. The second that you decide to step away from Twitter, wipe the fog out of your eyes and see that everyone isn’t on the same terms as you are is the moment you’ll hopefully come back to the Kanye we used to love.

Rhymefest

According to one of Kanye’s frequent collaborators, Rhymefest, Mr. West may not be all there in the head. When a fan reached out to Rhymefest via Twitter, he claimed that his brother (Kanye) “needs help, in the form of counseling. Spiritual and mental. He should step away from the public & yesmen & heal”. Doesn’t sound like that bad of an idea, especially since every time Kanye seems to come out and say something, he gets a helping heap of negative feedback. As a fan of hip hop, we need more music like you made in 04’, that hungry Kanye who let his music speak for himself instead of, you know, actually speaking for yourself. On the other hand, if you need a Twitter consultant, I’d be more than happy to help you out!

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