He is not a politician. He is not pastor. He is not the CEO of a company. But, he brings the discussion to social issues. From how African-Americans were depicted in the media and treated by the government during Hurricane Katrina, to the lack of recognition for art, to the lack of quality luxury items for the middle and lower class, to the killings that have been plaguing his city Kanye is unafraid and unapologetic when it comes to speaking his mind. And in doing so, every “outburst” he has promotes discussion about each topic. Kanye’s actions are laying the groundwork for a discussion that could, eventually, lead to a solution to these social problems, and a big change to the world. Throughout history, it is the most outspoken and freethinking people that make the biggest changes to government, philosophy, and behaviour. These are intelligent and well known people such as Ghandi, Walt Disney, Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and Nelson Mandela. And, I firmly believe that Kanye’s name should be included in that
Kanye West also known as "Yeezy" is American rapper, fashion disaster, and also music producer. People may say that Mr. West is our youth of today voice. He has made a tremendous mark in the music and fashion industry. As we all know Mr. West is known for having his moments. It is safe to say that he has the best and top “omg” Moments, such as interrupting Taylor Swift at the VMA’s. Kanye in the begging when he first came on the hip hop scene was this calm, joyful, his music in my eyes was the most different music out at the time, just because he wasn’t rapping about what everyone else was. Kanye was one of those joyful guys, everybody wanted him on his record or produce it. Then a tragic event occurred where his mom died. After then you see
Most people either extremely dig Kanye West, or they just down right hate him. Kanye is not only known for his incredible talent and beautiful wife, but also his cocky attitude and what some people would call narcissistic behavior. Regardless of what you may think about him, Mr.West is a pop culture phenomenon who's accomplishments and attitude are things each man, no matter what age, can draw inspiration from. Not only is he the newest recipient of the coveted Video Vanguard Award from MTVs VMAs(which aired this past Sunday), he's also expecting a baby boy with Kim K and has a highly anticipated album dropping very soon. I'm not sure who you look up, but Kanye should be on that list. Here are five reasons why you should admire Kanye West.From popped polo collars, to stylish retro shades, Kanye has always been a trendsetter in the fashion world.
Lastly, the rapper was not tied down to a specific area. He, like most artists, traveles over vast settings. He has gone on multiple tours around the world. But because he has become as successful as he is, he has the opportunity to travel places like Israel, Cuba, and many more countries. Although West travels the world for his music, supporting certain current events plays a part in why and where he travels: “West appeared on an NBC broadcast to raise funds for the victims of Hurricane Katrina” (“Kanye”). Kanye West not only worries about
Tupac Shakur was born Lesane Parish Crooks in Brooklyn, NY, on June 16, 1971. His mother Afen Shakur changed his name when he was a small child to Tupac Amura after an Inca-Indian revolutionary, "Tupac Amura," meaning
Kanye West was born on June 8th, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia to his mother Donda West, and his father Ray West (Kanye West Biography). When Kanye West was just three years old his mother and father divorced, and after that his mother raised him on the South Shore of Chicago (Kanye West Biography). Kanye’s fascination with music started when he was just five years old when began to write poetry (Chicago Tribune). Then in the 3rd grade he started rapping and in 7th grade he started selling his mixtapes to people that he knew (MTV). Though at the age of ten his mother and him left Chicago, Illinois for Nanjing, China in order for his mom Donda to pursue a teaching opportunity (Byng). Though this stent in China only lasted a year in which after it they moved back to Chicago. After they were back in Chicago, at the age of
Kanye West, born June 8, 1977, is a world renown rapper, songwriter, record producer, fashion designer, and entrepreneur. among the most acclaimed musicians of the 21st century, and is one of the best-selling artists of all time, having sold more than 32 million albums and 100 million digital downloads worldwide. He has won a total of 21 Grammy Awards, making him one of the most awarded artists of all time. (Kyles, 2013)
The reason why he remains relevant? Because our society remains in a constant state of stan culture; it has become a cultural norm to praise celebrities and hoist them up so high that people eventually begin to believe that they can do no wrong, excuse the majority of their actions, and even justify their behavior. Example number one is Kanye West. “You don't have to agree with Trump but the mob can't make me not love him,”, “We are both dragon energy. He is my brother. I love everyone. I don't agree with everything anyone does. That's what makes us individuals. And we have the right to independent thought." “When you hear about slavery for 400 years ... For 400 years? That sounds like a choice.” These are prime examples of his controversies, although he did and still is receiving backlash for these statements, he doesn’t genuinely take the time to properly educate himself on exactly why people are angry and outraged, he just makes his comeback/apology statements about himself. His followers also seem to miss the main reason why others are angry at him because they are quick to attack and point out that “Not all black people have to be democrats”;which completely misses the point of the public's anger towards Kanye. On one of his most recent songs with fellow artist T.I., Kanye explains the reasons why he considers himself a supporter of Donald Trump and T.I. acts as the voice of Kanye's fans and at times the general public. Examples of verses include, "Make America Great Again had a negative perception/I took it, wore it, rocked it, gave it a new direction" and "See, that's the problem with this damn nation/All blacks gotta be Democrats, man/We ain't made it off the plantation." T.I. responded with "You gotta see the vantage point of the people/What makes you feel equal makes them feel evil." Overall both
Kanye West is an artist, rapper, and producer that has changed rap and hip hop for ages to come, with his different style of rapping and beats which has set the bar the highest for any upcoming rapper. Kanye West was born in Chicago Illinois on June 8th, 1977. His mother and father were divorced when he was just a baby. His Mother Donda West was a Professor at Clark Atlanta University, and the Chair of the English Department at Chicago State University. While his Father Ray West was a former Black Panther and was one of the first black photojournalists, and later became a Christian counselor. West began writing poetry when he was just 5 years old, his mother realized that he had a passion for music when he was in the third grade when he started rapping. When he hit seventh grade he started composing music, then at age 13 he begged his mother to pay $25 per hour in a recording studio. As he was recording his music he met producer No I.D., who became his mentor and taught him how to sample and program beats after Kanye got his first sampler. After he graduated from high school he was awarded a scholarship to go to Chicago 's American Academy of Art in 1996 but he only went there for a short period of time then transferred to Chicago State University as an English major. Then at age 20 he realized his musical dream was more important than what he was learning in college.
The evolution of the music industry follows the familiar pattern of digitization. Innovation began with the introduction of the vinyl record, transitioned from the cassette tape to the compact disc and landed us in an era of digital downloads. The emergence of music streaming services like Spotify has progressed the
With twenty-one Grammy’s and fifty-seven nominations, Kanye West is often regarded as one of the most influential and important artists of our time (The GRAMMYs 2). But many believe he is a musical fluke, who seeks attention and controversy. West first broke into the music industry by producing beats under the guidance of famous hip hop producer No I.D. (“The Mentor” 1). After his highly praised groundbreaking album, The College Dropout, was released, Kanye quickly found himself in the spotlight. His second album, Late Registration, was met also met with critical acclaim. With his recent successes and connection to the youth of America, West took an opportunity to help the people affected by Hurricane Katrina by appearing on TV alongside Michael Myers for a Red Cross event.
No one can deny that technology is actively changing the music industry. Production, distribution and sales of music have been affected dramatically within the last 10 years along with artists, composers, and technicians. Most of the changes have been great for consumers, but vastly negative for professionals in the music industry, however a few artists have found ways to adapt to the changing atmosphere of digitally downloaded music and use it to their advantage. We’ve seen music change form from physical, tangible products like records and CD’s to electronic single tracks stored in an invisible cloud. Two major factors in this sudden revolution are online music stores (specifically iTunes) and file sharing websites that allow music to be downloaded illegally.
From being known to creating compose hip-hop music, a fashion icon and establishing a foundation with his mother to being seen as the most hated celebrity in the entertainment industry. Kanye West took it upon himself to defend his opinion when it came to the winner of the Best Female Video on the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. By taking the stage and grabbing the microphone from the country music star Taylor Swift and basically stating that she did not deserve the title. The event left the audience and TV land very stocked. What some may not realize is that Kanye West displayed multiple stereotypes that society may think African Americans possess. The stereotypes, which were displayed, were drunkenness, outspokenness and the fact that a
The effect of digital technology on the music industry Nowadays, teenagers are living constantly surrounded by technology. Even if the younger generation may not see it, technology has had an impact on different factors. The widespread use of digital technology in the music industry has allowed consumers to reproduce digital versions of copyrighted songs inexpensively, with the help of many software and websites. There has been an increase in digital copying activities and those are most of the time claimed responsible for producers’ loss in revenues. While some people claim that the increase of digital technology has killed the music industry, in fact it has lead to innovation and new ways of consuming and sharing music, such as
In the midst of the United States’ “dot com bubble” (years 1997-2000), there was a surge in technology that brought about file sharing and digital downloads. Threatening the survival of the music industry and introducing a unique set of challenges for the industry to overcome. To remain relevant in