by Yvette Carnell
Not everyone who appears to be crazy is actually crazy, just as everyone who appears to be sane isn’t necessarily so. We should all keep that in mind when assessing people, especially those who we don’t know or have little interaction with. Just take Kanye West for example, if you listen to snippets from his radio interviews, it’s easy to assume that he’s a ranting mess. You could, of course, draw the exact same conclusion from his outbursts at paparazzi.
But, as a Facebook friend pointed out, how many rappers have this sort of insight?
Yeezus, though, was the beginning of me as a new kind of artist. Stepping forward with what I know about architecture, about classicism, about society, about texture, about synesthesia—the ability to see sound—and the way everything is everything and all these things combine, and then starting from scratch with Yeezus … That’s one of the reasons why I didn’t want to use the same formula of starting the album with a track like “Blood on the Leaves,” and having that Nina Simone sample up front that would bring everyone in, using postmodern creativity where you kind of lean on something that people are familiar with and comfortable with to get their attention. I actually think the most uncomfortable sound on Yeezus is the sound that the album starts with, which is the new version of what would have been called radio static.
That quote was taken from a discussion between Kanye West and Steve McQueen for Interview magazine. It may be helpful to revisit how quick many of us take a snapshot of someone’s life and use that glimpse into their lives to paint them with a one dimensional brush. Suspension of judgment is usually superior to rush to judgement.