Famed television and radio host Charlamagne tha God explains why he thinks Kanye is contradicting himself with the message he’s sending in “Yeezus,” and the way he’s living his life. Charlamagne also reveals why he thinks Kanye is “bamboozling” everyone with the way he’s acting.
While I’m a huge fan of Kanye’s music, including his latest album Yeezus (Kanye’s skills as a producer cannot be contested, despite some of the problematic themes and lyrics in Yeezus), Charlamagne brings up some very interesting points about the rapper’s latest album, as he deconstructs Kanye’s image versus Kanye’s message in the video above.
The argument boils down to Kanye being a “walking contradiction.” He denounces corporations on one hand, and claims that his celebrity makes him a “new slave,” but Charlamagne argues that – unlike actual slaves – Kanye has free will and it’s his decision to get in bed with various corporations like Nike.
It was also Kanye’s decision to get involved with Kim Kardashian and the entire Kardashian clan, whom Charlamagne describes as “famewhores” and contributing to Kanye’s celebrity.
Charlamagne goes on to say that if you’re a fan of Kanye’s, then you shouldn’t buy his album, since that would be contributing to Kanye’s success and celebrity, exactly the kind of thing that Kanye laments in his new album.
- Yeezus [Album]
- Behind Kanye’s Mask [NY Times Interview]
- Yeezus: Good, Not Great, and Quite Misogynist [LA Weekly]
- Kanye’s Yeezus Packs A Bite [NPR]
- Kanye West, Yeezus: 4.5 Stars[Rolling Stone]
Watch the video above and decide for yourself. Do you think Kanye West is a “walking contradiction”? Why or why not?