Kanye West debuted his new song "I Am A God" last night at the Met Gala, taking his smug bravado to Lindsay Lohan highness. Yet while the song's title borders on blasphemy, there are some merits to Ye's divine proclamation. VIBE highlights six areas of which Mr. West is a supreme being among mortals.
He coined the term, so it’s only right Kanye would be a deity. Since boasting to be the “first nigga with a Benz and a backpack,” he’s straddled the line between high art and ratchetery more gracefully than Dominique Dawes on the bars in '96.
When it comes to extended tirades, there’s no one better in the business than Mr. West. These aren’t curt, off-hand commentaries we’re talking about here; Kanye delivers 10-minute flip offs at media, detractors, haters and naysayers, complete with guttural screams, low-blow insults, mic-dropping storm offs and hung-up phones.
Before dropping The College Dropout, Kanye’s calling card was his chipmunk soul production. And as he’s elevated his raps over the years, his beats have grown in scope and sound, now evoking everything from Daft Punk’s electro to Jon Brion’s grandiose instrumentation. It’s a big part of why his solo discography is pristine.
“Hold up, I ain’t tryin’ to stunt man/But the Yeezy’s jumped over the Jumpman!”
Whether Kanye’s elusive Nike kicks have indeed surpassed Michael Jordan’s retro footwear empire is dubious. Yet the Yeezy’s are easily the most in-demand amongst sneakerheads, lording over LeBrons, Kobes, and even the most coveted MJs.
In 2008, Kanye took an intermission from being one of the the game’s most important rappers to share some computed emotion via his entirely Auto-Tune assisted album, 808s & Heartbreak. Yet even after big bro Jay-Z R.I.P.’d the voice-manipulation trend, Kayne resurrected it on tracks like “Runaway” a couple years later. He even announced Kim Kardashian’s pregnancy in December via Auto-Tune assistance.
Whether depicting Evel Knivel ("Touch The Sky"), chasing Stacey Dash through the airport ("All Falls Down") or transforming a Maybach into a go-kart ("Otis"), Kanye West brings a unique and unexpected take to all of his visuals. Especially Runaway, the 35-minute short film that he directed, which follows the tradition of predecessors like Michael Jackson's Thriller and Prince's Purple Rain.