Problematic Artists: My Love/Hate Relationship

We are all used to Kanye’s outburst. He has been on a road of endless contradictions, a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde tirade, for some years now but his most recent one has had me mind boggled. I’ve taken time to ask Kanye fans how they felt about his take on society, this election year and most importantly I’ve been questioning my sick love for some of Hip-Hop’s most problematic artists.

The Saint Pablo Tour has been Kanye’s space for voicing his opinion. He takes time out of his performance to talk about anything and everything—his family life, opinions on other artists in the industry and societies inequalities. Most recently he made a few strong statements including Blacks adamant focus on race and his support of President-Elect, Donald Trump.

After these comments were made I was outraged. Some weeks ago I stood for hours, jumping and screaming for Mr. West at the Saint Pablo tour in Vegas. I couldn’t believe he could show support to a xenophobic, misogynists, bigot but, then again majority of America elected that same man, right?

I was mad because I used to admire Kanye West for getting on national television and criticizing President Bush for not caring about black people. I now question if Kanye cares? Has his fame clouded his judgment? It's easy to say, "don’t judge a man based on a few comments that he’s made," but the erratic outburst have increasingly become worse.

“Name one genius that ain’t crazy.”- Kanye West

I do miss the old Kanye, the Kanye that sampled Nina Simone’s Strange Fruit--a song that is the direct response to the lynching of blacks in the south. The Kanye that told black people that their lives mattered during Hurricane Katrina. The Kanye that just said in his most recent album, “Hands up we just doing what the cops taught us, Hands up, Hands up, then the cops shot us,”  another direct take on the state of Blacks in America.

I miss the old Kanye, straight from the Go Kanye
Chop up the soul Kanye, set on his goals Kanye
I hate the new Kanye, the bad mood Kanye
The always rude Kanye, spaz in the news Kanye
I miss the sweet Kanye, chop up the beats Kanye
I gotta say, at that time I'd like to meet Kanye
See I invented Kanye, It wasn't any Kanye’s
And now I look and look around and there's so many Kanye’s
I used to love Kanye, I used to love Kanye
I even had the pink polo, I thought I was Kanye
What if Kanye made a song about Kanye
Called "I Miss The Old Kanye"? Man, that'd be so Kanye
That's all it was Kanye, we still love Kanye
And I love you like Kanye loves Kanye

Many of Ye’s followers resent his new artistic path of bad moods, angry outbursts, and narcissism and wish he would return to the wisdom he promoted on The College Dropout.


My opinion does not have to be yours but think about the set-up of the tour itself. If you went to the tour and felt what I did, you were mesmerized by the genius of the lights. The ability for a man to have a mosh pit of at least 500 people jumping at his feet.  The stage that is leveled above them is just a few feet high and all his fans are chanting his name like he is GOD in the flesh. When you are there you feel like worshiping whoever you call God. The tour’s experience puts no doubt in my mind why he called this album—the gospel.

It’s irresponsible for a “man with all that power,” to tell a group of millennials that he did not vote as they chant his name in praise. He's preaching a sermon that is damaging. In my opinion it gives our generation more excuses to use when addressing our political power. I also think it’s inexcusable not to call your favorite artists out on their shit. Sadly enough after hearing his rant, I got back in the car turned on Pandora radio and I was back screaming the lyrics to Feedback. Maybe we are all walking contradictions?

I have felt this same way about Lil Wayne, ASAP Rocky, whose music I listen to at least once a day and Cole—“for calling bitches, bitches so regularly.” I recognized that my love-hate relationship for Hip-Hop will never go away and it will always have me thinking.

What’s your take on it? What's going on with Ye?

11/21/2016- After his comments in Sacramento Kanye West has cancelled all tour dates for the Saint Pablo Tour.