Kanye-West

In a recent chat with VladTV, outspoken radio host Charlamagne tha God called Kanye West out for being a walking contradiction and a “fake revolutionary for profit.”

Criticizing West for the tone of his latest album “Yeezus” which denounces capitalism and celebrity while its creator blatantly indulges in it, Charlamagne takes Ye to task for calling himself a “New Slave” while having free will to choose how he navigates the world.

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“To say you’re a new slave because you decided you wanted to be a rapper, you decided you wanted to go out there and get a record deal and sign to a major label, you decided to get into business with Nike…you decided that,” the Breakfast Club host explained. “So how are you are slave? You got free will. Freedom of choice. So you’re telling me you chose to be a slave?”

Charlamagne isn’t Yeezy’s only critic. While several music insiders have lauded “Yeezus” for being daring and creative, others aren’t buying the angst-filled album Ye is selling.

Mark Beech of Bloomberg writes:

“West isn’t Jesus, perhaps not even a music deity to his fans any more. He certainly isn’t Public Enemy or Jay-Z, or as good as them. This CD is nowhere near his best.

It pushes X-rated hip-hop bragging off the scale with its abrasive beats. This driving industrial music is not so radio-friendly: Think Nine Inch Nails mixed with Nirvana or Radiohead at its most experimental.

West has repeatedly stated he is being ironic and is misunderstood. He has nobody but himself to blame with efforts like “New Slaves.”

The lyric goes: “f*** you and your Hampton house/ I’ll f*** your Hampton spouse/ c*** on her Hampton blouse/ and in her Hampton mouth/ Y’all ’bout to turn s*** up/ I’m ’bout to tear s*** down/ I’m ’bout to air s*** out/ Now what the f*** they gon’ say now?” Oh, just shut up. Rating: No stars.

After 40 minutes of this fantasizing, it’s good to turn to rock that’s more rewarding and by people who actually have brains that they use.

Since he burst on the scene, West has seemed to grapple with balancing his need to drop thoughtful lyrics with his relentless pursuit of draping himself in all of the trappings of success (cars, clothes, and cash).

Ye addressed this seeming contradiction on “All Falls Down:”

I say fuck the police, thats how I treat em/
We buy our way out of jail, but we can’t buy freedom/
We’ll buy a lot of clothes when we don’t really need em/
Things we buy to cover up what’s inside/
Cause they make us hate ourself and love they wealth/
That’s why shortys hollering “where the ballas’ at?”/
Drug dealer buy Jordans, crackhead buy crack/
And a white man get paid off of all of that/
But I ain’t even gon act holier than thou/
Cause fuck it, I went to Jacob with 25 thou/
Before I had a house and I’d do it again/
Cause I wanna be on 106 and Park pushing a Benz/
I wanna act ballerific like it’s all terrific/
I got a couple past due bills, I won’t get specific/
I got a problem with spending before I get it/
We all self conscious I’m just the first to admit it/

Does Kanye’s inability to truly pick a side make him a hypocrite, as Charlamagne asserts, or merely human?

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  • hypocrisy

    Charlamagne talking about beating a woman so he is a hypocrite. I hate Kanye but Charlamagne is no better.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yM-QuKghwLg

  • apple

    kanye music use to mean so much now.. but its hard to take him seriously… and his new city lyrical content is the most vapid mindless it has ever been, its almost hard to believe its him

    • apple

      *cd

  • Maybe it is just me but I stop checking for Kanye West’s music around the 808’s & Heartbreak album. The guy’s music was on a downward spiral and loaded with hypocrisy way before his current album.

  • Pepper

    Well I guess that everyone that buys Kanye’s music is a “slave”…..right? Not really but I thought I’d put that out there because it sounds just as ridiculous as Kanye’s definition of a “slave”

  • ACam

    Church.

    I’ve always believed that Kanye West is a lot of things but boring and airheaded he is not. What does a man who is integrating Billie Holiday’s Strange Fruit in his latest single & drawing complex comparisions btw the drug trade & the music industry (Crack Music) have to talk about with Kim Kadarshian?

    No shade to Kim but she seems to represent everything Kanye claims to be against in New Slaves. Kim K. has built her career on the back of the kind of of hyper-consumerism Kanye claims to hate.

    I agree w/ other folks who’ve said dude is angry at himself for selling out/compromising his values in the face of fame.

    Last month Kanye ranted about being anti-celebrity during a performance in NYC during which he proclaimed that “he ain’t no motherf***ing celebrity.”

    But the thing is the fame that he says he hates is the very thing that enables him to call himself a god and have thousands of people co-sign that sentiment.

    • and i really think all this confusion is the point of the album. people are attacking it because they cant get their head round it. Kanye is no hypocrite, he’s human and there is contradictions in everyones lives. His lyrics represent his thought processes and emotions which will obviously be ever-changing. He stands out because there are no boundaries to his thoughts that he expresses in the songs and he puts it together so artistically and experimentally and i really can respect his work. He’s creating a legacy like a real artist, not something catchy that’ll be a big hit for a month then disappear, this is the stuff that can be looked back upon in the future as we look at artwork by experimental artists of their times such as da vinci or monet.