Kanye West has sparked some major controversy in the last week. Between explaining his mental health, expressing support for Donald Trump and his opinions on American slavery, the rapper has also raised intense anticipation for his new album set to release sometime this year, hopefully. In the midst of many angry opinions, happy observers and covert political agendas, I still find Kanye West inspiring. While I strongly disagree with many of Yeezy’s statements, his influence is incomprehensibly powerful.
Now, should we just go with what people say and do because they are powerful? Of course not. That’s why I personally don’t agree with him. I am inspired by Kanye West because his music was the foundation of change. Before there was a Drake, Chris Brown or Kendrick Lamar- there was Kanye. His music was a catalyst for awareness, expression and most of all free thought. He was a very transparent black man, during a very commercialized (cough, cough SHALLOW) time in Hip-Hop. His music shared unpopular truths about society that no one could admit, until he said them.
Now, why am I saying this? Am I defending Kanye West. I don’t think so. I can’t deny that I am interested in hearing this new album. I ultimately want to know how these ideas and epiphanies from all of these recent polarizing moments will influence his record. And I’ve considered that I could be one of those millenials that ride Kanye’s hype until a record drops, but I really don’t think I am. If I could give one piece of advice to Kanye, I would tell him to get off of twitter, stop talking to TMZ and put your confusion, concerns and struggles in the music man. Your music is your free thought.