I really like Kanye West.
Hes a self-centered ego-maniac with delusions of grandeur, but I dont care. In fact, I think I like him more because those things. I can't really come up with a sound explanation as to why this is.
Hes reached music's pinnacle as a producer and MC all by age 30, and hes a total dick. He sets some of America's lamest trends with his pink sweater vests, Louie V and shutter shades, yet there isn't a single thing about that that turns me off. And along with the critics, I genuinely like every one of his albums.
Kanye pretty much has carte blanche to do and say whatever the fuck he wants without hurting public oppinion or "cred".
But I hate his new album - Like, a lot.
(you know what Im talking about...)
Cher kinda started it with that "Do you bel-IEve in life after love" song. But how much are you going to go out of your way to listen to Cher on purpose? Lil Wayne pretty much went overboard with it on his latest album, forcing everyone to say to themselves "god I really hope this doesn't 'get hot' even though I know it will"--and then Kanye said, "what the hell, Ill make a whole album with this shit!"
Kanye, in a supposed homage to Phil Collins(wtf?) appears to have an infatuation with sounding like a robot...and a horrible singer at the same time. In case you haven't heard it; its basically an R&B album, with the typical emo-ish Kanye lyrics, then double-teamed by Radiohead's "Fitter, Happier" and ProTools. Its insufferable.
But the numbers don't lie - "808's & Heartbreak" peaked at #1 on the Billboard charts, and currently rests at #5. And once again, it appears no critic can phase King Kanye's midas touch.