Wednesday, November 17, 2010

NY Times "Kanye West, Still Unfiltered, on Eve of Fifth Album"

Interesting read about the hole Kanye has dug himself yet again. It's sad such incredible music can have such a dark shadow cast over it. I feel the guy's plight but it really does seem to be doing more bad for him than good. Well, depends on how you look at it.

NY Times', Jon Caramanica has his own opinion:
On Monday Mr. West, who is 33, will release his fifth album, “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam), and it’s terrific — of course it’s terrific — a startlingly maximalist take on East Coast rap traditionalism. And yet that doesn’t matter nearly as much as it should, at least partly because of Mr. West’s insistence on his own greatness. By not allowing for responses to his work other than awe, the value of the work itself is diminished; it becomes an object of admiration, not of study. Instead the focus is on the whole of Mr. West’s persona and character, which is more fractured, and subject to a far wider range of responses. The result is that Mr. West becomes a polarizing public figure who happens to be the most artful pop musician of the day, not the other way around.  

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