Kanye’s VMA Jacka$$ery: Explained
First of all, I know that everyone has heard of this whole thing by now. I also know that you’re probably tired of hearing about it and that your opinion of Kanye West probably coincides with that of our President. Hopefully – this being my first post and all – you’ll suffer through one more piece of commentary on it (if I had been able to post this sooner, I would have – just joined the team today). Don’t trip, this one’s from a Genius.
We all know that Kanye West lost his mother – RIP to the late and great Dr. Donda West – back in 2007. That and his broken off engagement to on-again, off-again girlfriend Alexis Phifer did the brotha a nearly lethal amount of emotional damage and rightfully so. Many people would take that as their cue to break. Kanye, however gave us 808s and Heartbreak. The last song on the album, “Pinocchio Story”, which is also undoubtedly the most personal – was a freestyle recorded live at a concert in Singapore. That’s what you knew.
Here’s something that you may not have known (or maybe you forgot). That song was NEVER intended for the album. Ever. Someone heard it, endorsed it, and this person also told Yeezy that he should include it on the album.
Just in case you’re not a link investigator, this person is none other than Ms. Sasha Fierce herself, Beyonce.
I think most would agree that this was quite a risky song – no autotune, no bravado, just a young man who realizes that he has worked so hard to be successful professionally at the expense of his personal life. Personal thoughts, feelings, and most prominently, pain. All this was heard, validated, and encouraged by Beyonce. It’s a powerful thing for someone to bear witness to your life and struggles and an even more powerful thing for them to support you as you go along. So powerful, in fact, that much earlier this year Mr. West described Beyonce as “the greatest entertainer of all time” (sounds a little familiar, doesn’t it?).
My theory is that she really inspired him at a time when he needed it the most – and at the VMAs, he thought he was returning the favor. Too bad he couldn’t have been more wrong. Seriously, a Grammy winner needing your defense with the VMAs? That’s like the Lakers feeling cheated after losing fantasy basketball. The Hennessy, however, should be considered as well (blame it on the al, al-al-al, al alcohol). Make no mistake about it. This is not a justification of the foolishness, just a diagnosis: He tried, albeit drunkenly, to reach out to someone who had reached out to him.
The doctor is in. Your thoughts?