On Nov. 22nd, Kanye West will release his newest album “My Dark Beautiful Twisted Fantasy.” Although there is little I can say about this album and Kanye that has not already been said (ok there is actually probably not one thing that hasn’t been said), I do feel the need to mark this momentous musical occasion with some discussion and reflection on Kanye. I feel it best to summarize my thoughts into a pro’s and con’s list on Kanye West and see how people respond.
Pro 1: Kanye is from the actual city of Chicago, much like myself, and I saw him there before he got huge at the House of Blues and there can be no debate…it was amazing.
Con 1: His ego has gotten too big to ever perform in that small a venue ever again
Pro 2: Kanye was an art student before he got into music and features unknown artists through his album art work thus catapulting them to stardom
Con 2: Kanye took it upon himself to make a thirty-plus minute music video about a phoenix rising from the ashes
Pro 3: Kanye does make incredible music that is infectious to the ears
Con 3: He shows no appreciation for other types of music other than the kind he is making….need I bring up a certain young country singer and the MTV video awards??
The list could clearly go on but I think I have gotten the point of my confusion across. For more reading on the matter check out this article in the music section of The New York Times on the matter (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/21/arts/music/21kanye.html?_r=1&hp). I most likely will buy this album and contribute to the media monster that is Kanye West.