Friday, September 16, 2005

A little more insight into Kanye West

The August 29, 2005, edition of Time featured Kanye West on the cover. As it happens, that was the day that hell broke loose along the Gulf Coast when Hurricane Katrina swathed a path of destruction and mayhem killing many, stranding others and launching a political quagmire. A few days later, Kanye West appeared on a televised concert to raise relief money and proceeded to accuse Pres. Bush of not liking "black people." Kanye's comments created a media storm timed perfectly with the release of his new CD.

Here are a few quotes from the Time cover story that provide an interesting insight into Kanye:

"'I'm pretty calculating,' he says, standing before the baroque altar of Prague's Church of St. Simon and Juda. 'I take stuff that I know appeals to people's bad sides and match it up with stuff that appeals to their good sides.'"

"Which brings us to race's kissing cousin: class. Communities that have been discriminated against are hardly free from prejudice. 'Black people can be the most conservative, the most discriminating,' says West. 'Especially among ourselves. It wasn't white people who said all black men have to wear baggy jeans.'"

The article provides a fair amount of insight into the complete marketing package of Kanye West and the extent he'll go to be a success.

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