By: Allison Wisyanski ~Arts & Entertainment Editor~
Kanye West. You either love him or hate him. Me? I’ve always loved him. His music, his style and his passion for what he does. To me, he’s easily one of the greatest artists and producers of all time. I’m sure some people may disagree, but I’m here to support everything.
Kanye has contributed to music. Sure, he says things that are uncalled for, and he may be arrogant at times, but none of these things take away from his talents. That’s why I’m here to say that, despite it all, I still love Kanye (like Kanye loves Kanye).
I love Kanye because he’s given me bomb music to listen to for nearly the past decade. I love Kanye because he could care less about what people think of him. Let me clarify here, though. I love Kanye as an artist, not as a person.
I hate some of the things he says that makes me lose respect for him. However, Kanye’s a hot media commodity and, if you’re on Twitter, you’re certainly familiar with his Twitter rants. He’s made some nasty comments, especially toward Amber Rose. But his poor judgment doesn’t stop me from loving his music and believing that he’s one of the best artists of our generation.
If you don’t think Kanye is talented, let me run through some of his greatest accomplishments in his 38 years of life. Maybe I can change your mind.
At the age of 19, West earned his first production credits on the debut album of Chicago-based rapper, Grav. At 24, he produced a few tracks on Jay Z’s album, “The Blueprint,” including “Izzo (H.O.V.A.),” which became Jay Z’s first Top 10 single. Kudos.
In 2004, at 26, Kanye released his first number one single, “Slow Jamz” with Twista and Jamie Foxx. He also released “The College Dropout,” one of my favorite albums of all time, the album that sparked my love for his music. At 28, Kanye dropped his second album, “Late Registration,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard album chart and won three Grammy’s at that year’s telecast.
At 30, Kanye came out with “Graduation,” which topped the music charts in the U.S. and Britain and sold nearly one million copies its first week. At 31, Kanye dropped his fourth album, “808s & Heartbreak” and also worked with Nike on his first footwear line, Air Yeezy. At 33, he recorded “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” and at 34 he worked with Jay-Z on “Watch the Throne,” his fifth album to reach No. 1.
At 36, West dropped his album “Yeezus,” broke his deal with Nike and signed with Adidas to make shoes and apparel and, lastly, married Kim Kardashian. Woo, what a year. Then, at his current age of 38, he showcased more of his fashion line, Yeezy, and recently released “The Life of Pablo.”
He’s received 92 awards out of 369 nominations, including 21 Grammy Awards. He’s won American Music Awards, BET Awards, Billboard Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards and People’s Choice Awards, just to name a few. I could go on and on about his accomplishments, but that’s the most-condensed recap I could put together. The bottom line is, Kanye is an all-around amazing artist and deserves to take pride in what he does.
I sometimes laugh at the people that get offended by Kanye and how much he loves himself. It’s honestly never bothered me because it doesn’t affect me negatively at all. It’s his life and nothing that I say or think is going to change how he acts. I actually find inspiration in some of his words.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that I agree with every word that comes out of his mouth. I think some of his rants are flat-out ridiculous, but I don’t let it affect me. What’s the point?
Honestly, the more people talk, the more his name will be plastered all on social media. So to everyone who hates on him, keep it up. You’re only adding fuel to the fire.
To the haters, you’ll appreciate this I hope. Recently, Kanye has come to terms with the fact that he hasn’t taken the rap throne. Kanye is so back and forth, and that’s one thing that stands out about him. He changes his mind about things all the time. He pretty much saw himself as a god in the world of music.
Recently he tweeted, “my number one enemy has been my ego… there is only one throne and that’s God’s…” I give props to Kanye for admitting his ego has gotten the best of him. He’s conceited, that’s old news. Everyone just needs to accept the fact that Kanye’s going to talk. Yeah, he’s offended a lot of people, I get that. I disagree with a lot of things that Kanye says, but it doesn’t make me dislike his music. When it comes down to it, you can hate on Kanye, but you can’t deny his success.
You can’t say he hasn’t made it in the music industry. You can’t say he’s a bad artist. But if you say that he’s one of the greatest artists of all time, I’ll agree with you. I love Kanye, and you “can’t tell me nothing’” that’ll change my mind.