Kanye West

I mean, he’s good and everything, but where is his empire of mindfulness radio stations?

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disclaimer: i’m not a psychologist and i know it isn’t cricket to diagnose or pathologise anyone from a distance unless they’re real scum, like nick cohen or Theresa may, but…is it possible that the mental breakdown he suffered the other year didn’t actually end, that he’s fundamentally unwell, and could do with some proper help so he can get back to making bangers? I can’t square the man who expressed such lucid anger at racial oppression across so many genius albums with this troll who seems to have eaten the real kanye and stolen his skin. maybe I’m clutching at straws, but I’ve gone through periods of delusion and paranoia during which I’ve been more susceptible to some pretty magical forms of thinking.

just a thought, but maybe he’s so open to these weirdo reactionary forces because he’s in a very vulnerable headspace right now.

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Astonishing that the guy who once tweeted BILL COSBY INNOCENT has more stupid opinions.

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I mean very poorly phrased, but there’s some logic in what he’s saying here, if not the conclusion he comes to. Black slaves were mentally oppressed as well physically. Some of that oppression that remains today. White society does tell black people that they aren’t supposed to dream of or aspire to what white people do. It is a kind of systematic mental oppression.

Trying to say that people can choose to break out of that, is where it all falls apart really. You have to dismantle the system of oppression, rather than challenge it’s control by… supporting someone who’s trying to deepen its roots? It’s a very troubling conclusion to come to.

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Morrisey, Gervais, West

I wonder who the next man to run out of ideas and turn to controversy for attention will be.

Ed Sheeran? Limmy?

It’s bad that all this kind of just makes me all the more fascinated in him and his career trajectory. He seems to be the living embodiment of the corrupting powers of fame, money and power and has been for a while, embracing a figure like Donald Trump seems like a perfectly logical next step in his story.

It’s crazy to have seen the transition happen in front of all of us from fresh-new-thing who is the antithesis of the “hard” image that hip-hop had at the time, comes in rapping about Jesus over chipmunk soul beats. Beefs it up with some fairly ostentatious orchestration for the next record. Gains infamy for correctly stating that “George Bush doesn’t care about black people”.

Goes on tour with U2 and decides to make a stadium-rock hip hop equivalent and becomes the biggest star on the planet in the process (whilst simultaneously putting the nail in the coffin of commercial gangster rap). Then his gf leaves him and his Mum dies during botched cosmetic surgery that he paid for. Comes out with a dark, depressive record with barely any rapping on it which turns into one of the most influential records ever for the current breed of confessional rappers. Has the Taylor Swift incident and becomes public enemy number one.

Disappears for a bit, and seemingly has some serious self-realisation that he’s turned into a bit of a dickhead. Addresses this realisation by going to Hawaii and making the most absurdly grandiose, expensive record, fucking flies in the likes of Elton John to do backing vocals on a track. It’s an absolute masterpiece that seems simultaneously self-aware and ego-maniacal. Gets his reputation back and ascends to untouchable status that allows him to make an album called Yeezus and a track called I Am A God having started out with Jesus Walks and humble Christianity, even then though the album has got New Slaves which shows that he still seems to have some social awareness.

Marries a woman who he knows at any given moment he could watch having sex with another man (this isn’t meant to be a slam on her or anything, I find it a fascinating fact about him given his past though), makes an absolute mess of a record, constantly fiddles about with it and has a breakdown of sorts. Emerges a couple of years later throwing his support behind fucking Donald Trump and talking about how slavery was a choice.

It is utterly compelling despite being utterly infuriating and really, really sad.

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“Next time, on the Dissect Podcast”

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I’m very confused by this.
Kanye West also has an unleaked sex tape FYI. I’m sure Kim could source that if she wanted to.

But seriously, you’re totally right, he’s one of the most fascinating humans in the world right now, who makes incredible music to boot. This is just the latest controversial episode in a career of controversial episodes.

I thought he had spoken publicly before about being bipolar, maybe I’m wrong on that. Not that it would excuse him saying terrible things, but it would kind of explain how this behaviour manifests in the first place.

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I meant it as a point of how he comes across (and a lot of this is probably projection) as someone who would be an insanely jealous partner and somebody who, lyrically, has a lot of issues around women and sex.

I thought it was a comment about his professed porn addiction - the fact that he married someone famous in part for a sex tape kind of doubled down on his own pathology (I always assumed Hell of a Life was partly about Kim, didn’t realise till listening to Dissect that it was all written and recorded before they got together).

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I’d probably disagree with that. From his lyrics, his views on Kim and Ray J are definitely along the lines of “I won” because he’s married her and has kids with her. I don’t think he’d go on to have a relationship with her if he was that bitter and always thinking “I can see a video of her having sex with someone else if I wanted”.

I think it would probably be more important to highlight being thrust into a reality TV lifestyle which he probably didn’t chose and may not be comfortable. He doesn’t really fit into the Kardashian Lifestyle.

Kanye had allegedly been in love with Kim for years. He appeared a few times in early episodes of KUWTK.

Yeah, and obviously it’s extremely reductive to be reducing a relationship that I know nothing about down to those kinds of factors. I think HYG has phrased the thing I’m getting at better though, he’s got issues around porn and women and sex and the superficial/extraneous detail of his wife’s fame kind of adds to the messiness of those factors.

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Quite enjoyed the TMZ guy in the video setting him straight.

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Didn’t Limmy already go full racist on Twitter a few years back?

think it was his brother https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/tv-comic-limmys-brother-jailed-3006790

The crips now aftwr kanye apparently
The saga continues

Sure I remember summat else, though. Either way, he does that needlessly provocative “I’m just asking questions” thing way too fucking often, so probably only a matter of time.