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Kanye's transition from rap to politics

by Christopher Suarez - Campus Talk Editor
Tue, Nov 13th 2018 08:00 pm
the life of ye Since 2015, rapper Kanye West (above) has been on a downward spiral.  The rapper recently said for the last couple of years, he has been dealing with mental  health issues. He then publicly came out in support of controversial president, Donald Trump and got a negative reaction from many of his fans in the process.
the life of ye Since 2015, rapper Kanye West (above) has been on a downward spiral. The rapper recently said for the last couple of years, he has been dealing with mental health issues. He then publicly came out in support of controversial president, Donald Trump and got a negative reaction from many of his fans in the process.

 An entrepreneur, music producer, fashionista and rap mogul, Kanye West has had an accomplished career. Through each phase, Kanye has excelled at what he’s done. From producing some of the biggest hits in music history, to becoming one of the most successful rappers of all time, to starting his own fashion line, he has consumed pop culture. 

   Through the successes, there were multiple occasions where West damaged his own image. Events like the Taylor Swift incident, George W. Bush incident and most recently, the relationship with President Trump has blinded people from the greatness that is Kanye West. 

   West started off his career as a producer, doing songs for artists such as Jay Z, Beyoncé and more. That is when he transitioned into the rap game. In 2004, Kanye dropped his very first album, “The College Dropout.” The album consisted of songs like “All Falls Down” and “Jesus Walks.” 

    Then, in 2005, Kanye dropped his second album “Late Registration.” Songs like “Gold Digger” featuring Jamie Foxx and “Touch the Sky” featuring Lupe Fiasco put Kanye on the map. In 2006, while he didn’t drop an album, he still made news. That year in a live broadcast, Kanye West said, “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.” West got backlash for the comment because of his attack on then president George W. Bush. That was the first time mainstream media got to witness the Kanye West who does not feel like he has to hold himself back from saying anything. 

    During the next five years, West would go on to drop four more albums. “Graduation,” “808’s & Heartbreak,” “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” and a collaboration album with Jay Z, “Watch the Throne.” Sadly, what defined Kanye in those five years is the incident with Taylor Swift. 

     During the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, West went on stage after Taylor Swift won video of the year. He proceeded to grab the microphone away from Swift and say, “Yo Taylor, I’m really happy for you, ima let you finish, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time.” West then capped off his speech with a shoulder shrug and walk off the stage. This incident led to the music community having negative feelings about West. At the time, Taylor Swift was an up and coming star, so West taking away the spotlight really gave him a bad image. 

    West then went on to drop three more albums. “Yeezus,” “The Life of Pablo” and most recently “Ye.” These albums really showed a whole new side of West that many people never saw before. He started relying a lot on his beats and less on his lyricism. Nonetheless, all three albums did really well and helped his fashion empire grow substantially. 

   West's career as a fashion designer has only been on the up and up since 2009. He released the Nike Air Yeezy 1’s which took pop culture by storm. The sneakers went on to resell for thousands of dollars and only increased in popularity as years went by. In 2015, West released his first clothing line with Adidas, “Yeezy season 1.” Much like his sneaker deal with Nike, the collaboration with Adidas has grown substantially since then and has become one of the top streetwear brands in the world.

   But like always, West seems to find a way to mess up his image. This year, he went public with his support of controversial president, Donald Trump. He wore  the “MAGA” hat and became deeply involved in politics. Recently, West tweeted he is distancing himself from politics. The tweet stated, “My eyes are wide open and now realize I’ve been used to spread messages I don’t believe in. I am distancing myself from politics and completely focusing on being creative.” 

   In my opinion it is a little too late. West publicly supported Trump and even held a widely-publicized meeting with him at the White House where he said, “I love this man” with a huge smile on his face and a “MAGA” hat on his head. Let’s not forget the comments he made about slavery being a choice. West has done nothing but decline as an artist and as a human being. It pains me to say this, but his one of a kind creative mind is now overshadowed by his ignorance and his lack of caring for anybody, but himself.