As often as Kanye West talks about the state of his mental health, one would think that we’d be having a national conversation on mental health–kind of like the way we had a wave of conversations about domestic violence in the wake of the Chris Brown-Rihanna incident. Yet, in the four years since Kanye began talking openly about the depression related to the death of his mother and the dissolution of his romantic relationship with longtime paramour Alexis Phifer, the conversations have continued to be one-sided.
A search for “Kanye West and Depression” brings up surprisingly few articles and discussions. There’s a sterile AP article describing his initial comments, Cord Jefferson advising Kanye to go to a therapist on The Root, an MTV news article on his path to recovery, and Tom Breihan in the Village Voice distilling 808′s and Heartbreak down to “emo bellyaching” and a “album-length tantrum at his ex.” While Bassey Ikpi later argued to have some compassion for Kanye, it was one small plea in a sea of indifference and condemnation.
After four years of being open about pain and vulnerability, I’m starting to wonder if society will ever really hear him.
We will be welcoming a little Kanye into the world later this year. The bad news is that we have to now cross our fingers this doesn’t end his career somehow. The good news is we now know why the Mayans thought the world might end in 2012.
I bought it, just because I ride or die with Kanye like that.
As for what I think… i’ll just say that if I never heard this again in my life, it wouldn’t bother me. It’s not awful, it’s just underwhelming coming from G.O.O.D. and knowing the type of talent they have access to (minus the few scrubs that they have accumulated for no apparent reason).
Nothing on here blows me away. I don’t find any of it to be that “good”. That’s not to say that you can’t find tracks that are fun, or that you wanna play in your car, or that just catch you for some reason or another.
Some of the lyrics are laughably bad.
Ummm yeah. I don’t know what else to say. People have already noted that the best approach is to not consider this a Kanye album since it’s kinda not. As far as I’m concerned, I’m happy this little project is out of the way so that maybe Ye will go make a solo album and stop hanging out with 2Chainz.
Oh, and did you know Michael Jordan, Jackson, and Tyson all have the same first name? Sorry but I am tired of this reference.
Yoooo everyone messaging me defending Kanye’s involvement in the 2 Chainz video can just stop. For real, because I almost never respond to individual messages anyway, so there’s not much of a point there.
I really can’t care less about whether 2 Chainz is educated. These two guys having a brain only makes it WORSE, not better, to me. If you think this video is fun, great. I think it’s stupid as shit and embarrassing. This blog has always featured my personal opinion, so this shouldn’t come as a shocker to anyone.
The only thing more absurd than this video is the fact that Kanye got on Twitter yesterday and waxed poetic about the implications of using the word bitch when referring to women. How you make a video like this and then wanna try to have a conversation about something degrading women is beyond me.
To everyone calling me elitist: DUH YEAH I AM. IDK WHERE YOU HAVE BEEN IF YOU HAVEN’T FIGURED THIS ONE OUT. Shit.
Everyone watch this if you want to see, literally, the worst thing Kanye has ever been associated with. The first time I tried to watch this, I couldn’t get through it. It was that awful. But finally this morning, with much determination, I managed to make it through the 5 minutes of pure fuckery.
All I can say is wow. Wow. This is the most ignorant thing I have watched in a good long while. I cannot understand what the hell is possessing Kanye to associate with this scrub 2 Chainz. I can’t fathom how his guy could be any worse as an artist.
If you think Kanye is going to come into the video and salvage it, think again. He does nothing but make it worse with his awkward facial expressions and weird hand movements.
I mean, really, this is bad guys. Real bad, Michael Jackson.
Kanye West goes home to his Kanye Nest where he takes a Kanye Rest. He wakes up feeling his Kanye Best. He’ll brush his teeth with his Kanye Crest. Then he gets dressed in his Kanye Vest to go on a Kanye Quest. First he goes to church and gets Kanye Blessed. He listens to Taylor Swift’s new single without interrupting, which was quite a Kanye Test. He drives over to Kim’s house, where he’s a Kanye Guest, but he and Kim leave because of all the cameras, which are a Kanye Pest.