"I miss the old Kanye, straight from the go Kanye, chop up the soul Kanye, set on his goals Kanye"
I know a lot of you are probably thinking, who gives a shit about Kanye....well I must admit that I do, or at least used to. Kanye was always for the people, before the people made him. He went through the wire and came out a lyrical genius and producer. He spoke to the people, for the people. One of my favorite interviews by Kanye was when he called George Bush out after the lack of rescue efforts in New Orleans followed by Hurricane Katrina (noted on my home page). I applauded him for speaking out for his people, no other rapper called it like it is. But what happened to Kanye's people...or better yet, what happened to Kanye?
What a lot of people don't know is that Kanye was dating a black woman who was in law school before his rise to fame. She eventually ended the relationship because being with a rapper wasn't her thing. Understandable being that Kanye is (or was) a College Dropout, which by the way is my favorite Kanye album. And although he eventually completed his studies with a doctorate, his road to get there was quite rocky.
If you have followed Kanye like I follow Kanye (I refuse to call him "Yeezy"), you know all of his history. He dropped out of college to pursue music, got into a near fatal car accident, dated Amber Rose for 2 years, lost his mom during cosmetic surgery, met and married Kim Kardashian, and had two beautiful children with her. Here's where my issue lies; somewhere along the way, he stopped being for the people. In his third person song "I Love Kanye," he talked about how he used to be, about how he spoke to your soul. In my eyes, Kanye was the voice for the people. He said what no one else wanted to say, and I appreciate that because I find myself doing the same thing often. So what exactly happened? Is Hollywood to blame? Or maybe it's the death of his mom. But whatever it is, we need that voice back!! Sure we have the J. Cole's and Kendrick Lamar's of hip-hop, but no one has spoke as loudly and controversially as Kanye.
When Kanye was dating Amber Rose, he seemed pretty happy right? He smiled more, dressed cleaner, he just seemed "Hollywood normal." Now I see Kanye and he's all in the news dressed in fashion that looks like it came out of the HOBO elite catalog, and his appearance is that of someone who joined a cult...then again he is keeping up with the Kardashian's, which is a cult itself. But one thing that struck a nerve with me is when Kanye said that he had to take "30 showers" after being with MUVA. If that's the case then he should be taking 30 a day being married to the woman he's married too. I'm just saying. Assuming we all know about Kim K's sex tape with Ray J., what makes Kim more better, more special? Could it be that she is not black? Now you may argue that Amber is not black, technically she is mixed race but she does have African roots (Cape Verde, about 350 miles off the coast of Nigeria). I mean we could argue about it, but the woman is black whether she wants to admit it or not, like the saying goes, "an ounce of black, and you're black."
So my real question is, what makes Kim so special and how has Kanye been able to pass up all of these beautiful black women to be with her? Many black women defend her by saying uneducated things like "well at least she paid," but then turn and call Amber a "thot." That's the pot calling the kettle in my opinion because they are both equals in this situation. But notice how Kanye can accept Kim's dirty past, but somehow treated Amber like scum. This is the problem I have with a lot of black men. They accept women of other ethnicities and all of their social and economic flaws, but as soon as a black woman does the same thing, then they want nothing to do with us. And what really burns me up is that it is always the "conscious" men that turn on black women quicker than a crackhead turning a corner. Black men will stand by and support anyone that looks opposite of them, and it's sickening.
My grandmother always said that black men with money don't keep black women. While that may not be true for all, but it is definitely true for most. I love black men and I wish them all the success they can accomplish, if only they offered the same encouragement to black women. And what a lot of black men don't realize is that failing black women is failing black people in general.
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