Unfortunately, bad behavior gains significance, especially in 2018. You can thank Trump for that, or perhaps, Kanye West, who handed over bad moment after bad moment.
Musically-speaking, Kanye followed through executive producing all G.O.O.D. Music projects, including his own, Ye, and the joint Kid Cudi album, Kids See Ghosts. Both of his albums performed wonderfully with Ye debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and Kids See Ghosts debuting at No. 2. He later lost momentum after announcing and delaying the release of his follow up album, Yandhi, which has still yet to hit the streaming platforms. While his music may have soared the charts in its initial weeks, it fell backseat to his many publicity stunts, such as his hypebeast release party in Wyoming.
His music was also outshined by political maneuvers, many of which surrounded his frequent appearances in Washington, D.C. and visits to the White House. In Oct. 2018, he delivered a half-witted speech about MAGA superpowers, Yeezy, and twisted historical facts. It would be a follow-up to his bizarre declaration that “slavery was a choice” during his May 2018 interview with TMZ.
This year, fans have cried and pleaded for the old Kanye to return – the one that put thought into his music and didn’t shoot an album cover on the way to its release party. But it’s not Ye’s music that procured a spot on this list; it was his voice. A voice that hurt people’s feelings, enraged fans, made many question their loyalty and believe in the term “false idol.”
A decade ago, Kanye’s importance was defined by his contributions to sound, his ability to experiment with production techniques and tell stories through picturesque bars. Today, his significance is defined by a loud a** mouth, one that failed the communities he used to support and evoked the conversations about mental health. Although Kanye himself went back and forth with whether he had been properly diagnosed with bipolar disorder or sleep deprivation, his overall behavior stressed the importance of self care and therapy. It’s sad but important to know that even our greatest talents don’t wear capes.