Kanye Week: We Need to Talk About Kanye

June 10, 2014 at 2:03 pm Leave a comment

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Welcome to Kanye Week, in celebration of our new 33 1/3 title on Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (hereafter MBDTF) by Kirk Walker Graves, out June 19. In this first post, Graves addresses the difficulty of talking about someone who talks so much himself.

kanye mikeHe’s a poet, he’s a picker
He’s a prophet, he’s a pusher
He’s a pilgrim and a preacher, and a problem when he’s stoned
He’s a walkin’ contradiction, partly truth and partly fiction,
Takin’ ev’ry wrong direction on his lonely way back home.

 – “The Pilgrim” (1971), Kris Kristofferson

How do you write about Kanye West, how do you begin to broach his seismic contradictions, without getting trampled by the gold-embossed elephant in the middle of the room?

I remember listening to Late Registration for the very first time in 2005 and hearing “Hey Mama,” a goofily gleeful paean to his late mother…

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