Kanye West: The New Age Rock Star
Times have changed pretty drastically since hair bands were completely trashing hotel rooms, doing copious amounts of drugs, and having sex with everything that moves. Well maybe only the first thing has really changed… but it seems that many of the most popular artists these days are tame by comparison and much less personally destructive.
Where property destruction and lawlessness was the modus operandi of the most on-edge musicians 30 years ago… today it seems to be more of just acting like an asshole in general.
No one seems to be more of a king at acting like an asshole (and most importantly, getting away with it), than Kanye West. His ego is… quite remarkable. May I present a compilation:
Quite the collection, no? 99.999999% of people could not get away with acting like this and still be wildly liked. For that reason… Kanye is the new age rock star.
So why can he get away with this?
Because Kanye is really, really, really good at what he does. There are just so few musicians that are as advanced and talented as Kanye West right now.
So just like rock stars of the past and many of the celebrities we enjoy, we’ll let his negatives slide because he’s a once-in-a-generation talent. Many people still hate him and can’t get over how arrogant/egotistical he is (and South Park famously mocked him for this), but in the end we don’t care about every time he jumps on stage and upstages Taylor Swift as long as every album he makes continues to be as high quality as every album he’s ever made.
I salute Kanye as the true embodiment of the 2012 rock star. While he’s different than those of 30 years ago, he fits the culture as the best example of what a rock star is these days… The best way to characterize it:
Kanye West can sell out a stadium full of people who openly admit his ego is completely out of control…
… and no one minds once the show starts.
What do you think of Kanye’s stance in pop culture today? Do you agree with my points or disagree?