I was preparing to write about Kanye West, after I read this review of his latest album, Late Registration and downloaded it. Plus, I'd just seen him on Wild N Out and he impressed me with his humor and quick-thinking.
Late Registration was pretty kickin', though somewhat formulaic; and from the very few tracks I had heard from previous albums, I thought more intelligence in the lyrics would be on display. It was there, but ...
But that was before last week and Kanye West's comments at the Katrina benefit concert:
I hate the way they portray us in the media. If you see a black family, it says they're looting. See a white family, it says they're looking for food. ... They've given them permission to go down and shoot us. ... George Bush doesn't care about black people ... We already realized a lot of the people that could help are at war right now, fighting another way, and they've given them permission to go down and shoot us."
He has reportedly said other things about our role in Iraq and for this article I looked them up, though was unaware of them before.
And even if I was, can't I like some music up in here?
So now there will be many people, who I don't think have it all together, who will judge me and affiliate me, and compare, me and align me because I like the music.
See, here's how it is. Take it or shove it.
If Kanye's music was all songs about President Bush being a racist or anything else negative toward the President; if all Kanye West sang about was his belief that we didn't belong in Iraq or that blacks are 365/24/7 victims of racism; then, like the Dennis Millers of the world, he would have overlapped his talent with politics and anyone could be forgiven for not liking what they hear.
Yet, I know people are out there who think that because the Dixie Chicks or Tom Selleck or Tim Robbins or Sinead O' Connor or Salman Rushdie said something they completely disagree with, that they should 1) Never give them one red cent more of their money and 2) Never listen or watch their films or read their books again.