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Things I have a problem with here.
1) Kanye West fucking sucks, has always fucking sucked and is a huge reason why even the most critically acclaimed music today sucks.
2) I really hate casual use of the term ‘niggas’ and ‘bitches.’ It’s pathetically juvenile and it shoves stupid misogynistic, self-deprecating racist rap music video imagery into teen culture contributing to an endless loop of prejudice.
3) Kanye West fucking suck beyond belief.
4) Hey Kanye, get some fucking talent
5) Idiotic faux-urban ignorance-endorsing phrases like ‘be gettin”
6) Getting pregnant on purpose? Really? REALLY?!
7) So, if I may jump ahead here, is the implication that women intentionally ‘be gettin’ pregnant and then extort money from the fathers? Yeah, I bet that commentary’s based in reality. ugh.
8) Kayne, your music blows. You’re not creative, you’re not an artist, you’re a money grubbing fuck. You might as well be milli vanilli. You’re just another corporate cash cow.
9) 50 or 100Gs? On what is this number based?
10) I really hate pretending like I respect the musical opinions of people who claim that Kayne’s music is really good. It’s not and I feel sorry for people who can’t find better music than this.
So, to sum up, misogynistic bigotry, bad music, prissy little diva, absurd claims, lowering the bar.
I love this blog. I once wrote a comment in your ask box (which you responded to) commending you for the fine content of Good Reason News. I really enjoy your commentary on the insane shit religious folks do on a daily basis and your rational, intelligent responses to people who directly attack you.
But you’ve definitely lost your cool this time.
The way a person speaks is largely a result of the culture they grew up in. If, for example, you were born in the tiny Appalachian mining town of Scumfuck, Kentucky, you would probably have a thick Appalachian accent. Terms like “crick” and “holler” would be common in your everyday speech, there’s a good chance you would call any liquid with bubbles in it “coke,” and you would most certainly say “y’all” when addressing any party of two or more people. This is all pretty obvious, I know, but I think it bears mentioning here because you seem to have lost a grip on that concept. Perhaps you need a grammar lesson?
There are two types of grammar: prescriptive and descriptive. Prescriptive grammar is concerned with prescribing rules for language use. It is the kind you encountered in English classes all your life, e.g. never split infinitives, don’t use passive voice, never end a sentence with a preposition.
The field of linguistics, however, is concerned with descriptive grammar, which involves observing speakers and the way that they speak. Instead of saying “never split infinitives or end sentences with prepositions,” a linguist would say “English speakers often split infinitives and end sentences with prepositions.”
Through research, linguists have observed certain populations of speakers who speak in patterns of their respective language that, while often breaking the rules of prescriptive grammar, are consistent from speaker to speaker. These are called dialects. Do you see where I’m going with this?
African-American Vernacular English (AAVE) is a dialect of English spoken by many black Americans. One of the cornerstones of AAVE is the unique style of tenses and aspects. A phrase in the habitual/continuative aspect of AAVE would be, for example, “He be workin’ Tuesdays.” In “proper” English (you know, the version that non-ignorant, non-urban, non-idiotic people speak), it would be “He works frequently or habitually on Tuesdays.”
Kanye West is a black man. He was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois and has spent much of his adult life ensconced in the hip-hop community. The patterns of speech he has adopted accurately reflect his background. For you to say that the phrase “be gettin [sic]” is an “[i]diotic faux-urban ignorance-endorsing phrase” is either the most racist thing I’ve heard in a while or a product of the kind of ignorant intolerance you profess to hate.
This also goes for the terms “niggas” and “bitches.” There is no difference between this and white men calling their friends “bros” or white women calling their comrades “girlfriends.” Sure, you may find those terms offensive, but that’s just because of the connotations of the words within your own mind. It has nothing to do with rap music. Black folks have been calling each other niggas in a fraternal manner since the 70s.
Furthermore, (and I didn’t really want to get into this, but since you were so insistent on making it the focal point of your initial rant) Kanye West is a talented, intelligent, thoughtful musician. The stuff he’s been putting out for the past eight or so years is a huge departure from the standard formula of mainstream hip-hop. Kanye’s lyrics are (or at least have been in the past) introspective, emotional, and political. Take a listen to “Crack Music” from Late Registration or “Champion” from Graduation (not that you actually will) and tell me how that compares with the “cars clothes money hoes” aesthetic of modern hip-hop.
The “Kanye is a douchebag” argument has no credibility. Is he an asshole outside the studio? Definitely, but that has no bearing on his music. It’s common knowledge that John Lennon and Paul McCartney were downright awful people, but I doubt that factors into the common perceptions of their music.
I don’t know where you get the idea that Kanye’s music has anything to do with critically-acclaimed music today, other than the fact that his most recent album received rave reviews. On the whole, mainstream hip-hop is rarely critically acclaimed, or even spoken about, outside of niche publications. Kanye has done more to evolve the expectations of mainstream hip-hop than anyone since OutKast. (Although I don’t know why I bother telling you this, considering you’re obviously a generic white person with absolutely no interest in hip-hop, today or otherwise.)
So why don’t you take a step away from your dashboard for a few minutes and learn something about a culture other than your own? You’ve gotten so used to hating morons that you don’t even care to learn anything about who they are or why they’re the way they are. Sometimes just because you don’t like something, doesn’t mean it’s bad or that the people creating it are stupid or misogynistic or whatever negative adjectives you’d like to throw at them.
Basically: just chill out, bro.
P.S.: kanye was joking hth
Maybe I was unfair here, anyone else feel this way? I maintain that Kayne’s music is boring, sterile, artless and created with mass market appeal in mind (didn’t he do a whole album with auto-tune effects?), but I’m not prepared to really have a back-and-forth about it as I’m not here to write about my views on music & celeb culture.
You make the argument that maybe I was beinginsensitive, but the idea of someone employing ‘be gettin’ and calling it culture just doesn’t sit well with me. It seems like the same as Sarah Palin clicking her tongue and saying ‘ya betcha,’ writing on her hand and declaring herself ‘just one of the common people.’ I feel like it’s a calculated measure to get people to accept you and ultimately, buy your product. Kayne fits the mold when he acts this way. He appeals to the lowest common denominator by expressing an opinion no one needs to think about, but can get riled up over. “Gold Diggin’ Bitches!” “Womens be shoppin!” It all seems so cruel to me. Like a thumbs up to a culture that tells aims to put people in their place.
I don’t know, I’m not a racist and I realize I’m walking on eggs shells here. I just have a hard time giving misogyny and mean-spiritedness a pass because it’s somebody’s culture.
I don’t agree with what he said here, but I mean that’s Kanye. Sometimes I think he says things just to see what will happen. As far as his music goes, I am a huge fan. I have every single album & it’s in heavy rotation.
Kanye West - Who Will Survive in America
Good song with a good message.
T.I. - Lay Me Down (ft Rico Love)
She find pictures in my email
I sent this girl a picture of my dick
I don’t know what it is with females
But I’m not too good with that shit
See, I could have me a good girl
And still be addicted to them hoodrats
And I just blame everything on you
At least you know that’s what I’m good at
And I always find
Yeah, I always find
Yeah, I always find somethin’ wrong
You been puttin’ up with my shit just way too long
I’m so gifted at findin’ what I don’t like the most
So I think it’s time for us to have a toast
Let’s have a toast for the douchebags,
Let’s have a toast for the assholes,
Let’s have a toast for the scumbags,
Every one of them that I know
Let’s have a toast for the jerkoffs
That’ll never take work off
Baby, I got a plan
Run away fast as you can
T.I. - Lay Me Down (ft Rico Love)
T.I. - Amazing (ft Pharrell)
ignore the actual video, just play the damn song. I can’t find the mp3 anywhere and I myself purchased the album from iTunes so you know how that is.