Kanye West seems to make giant strides forward as an intelligent human being and then takes massive steps back again. While performing on Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, PA last Thursday, he opened fire on radio DJs (of course! Why not?) Charlemagne and Sway, saying that they needed to “shut the fuck up” (basically, stop criticizing him) because they haven’t done anything with their lives compared to him. Uh… okay.
Lest we forget when Kanye went crazy on Sway a few months back when Sway asked some totally understandable, interesting questions about Kanye’s relationship with pop culture and his work within the system he claims to hate. It seems like he really just does not like having to answer for himself, or having to explain himself in any meaningful way, which makes me feel like he’s obviously not all that happy with what he’s doing or knows it’s problematic.
There’s no doubt that Kanye is talented and really intelligent with some great ideas. However, his egomania and megalomaniacal tendencies tend to completely overshadow that, which really is a shame.
February 17, 2014 at 5:30 pm by Jennifer
If you remember, Kanye West kicked off 2014 in style by punching an 18-year-old kid that called Kim Kardashian a “n****r lover” at a California clinic earlier this month. Of course charges were pressed and while the racist dickhead of a kid probably deserved a nice smack in the face, it wasn’t Kanye’s place to be delivering blows and it’s cost him bigtime – more than $250,000, in fact!
Sources familiar with the negotiations tell us … the young man who allegedly hurled racial epithets at Kim earlier this month has agreed to the civil settlement and now feels satisfied enough that he does NOT want to go forward with a criminal prosecution.
Law enforcement sources tell us … the D.A. has not decided whether to charge Kanye with battery. The reality is … there’s almost no chance of that happening. First, the D.A. now has an uncooperative victim. Second, the victim’s alleged racial epithets will not sit well with the jury. And there are probably lots of Kanye fans in the jury pool.
We’re told during the settlement negotiations the victim’s demand soared to the upper 6 figures, so $250K is just a fraction.
It just goes to show: be an absolute asshole so that you infuriate someone to the point where they assault you, then cash in bigtime. Well done, asshole. Kanye needs to learn to keep his hands to himself, however, or he’s going to be working just to pay these people off.
January 29, 2014 at 11:30 am by Jennifer
The 2009 MTV Video Music Awards may have been nearly five years ago, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still talk about that fateful day when Kanye West dared to interrupt Taylor Swift‘s acceptance speech by insisting that Beyoncé had the greatest video of all time? In a new interview with Steve McQueen for Interview, Kanye reflected on how he got over such a difficult time, especially with all the backlash he received.
MCQUEEN: But there must have been moments of doubt or depression or sadness. I mean, with what happened after the Taylor Swift incident [at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards] and all the negativity that came your way as the result of that. How did you deal with it all mentally, physically, and spiritually?
WEST: It’s funny that you would say “mentally, physically, spiritually” because my answer before you even said that was going to be “god, sex, and alcohol.”
MCQUEEN: People can get lost in all of those things. So how did you arrive where you are now after coming through that period?
WEST: Well, I don’t have an addictive personality, so that means that I can lean on what might be someone else’s vice just enough to make it through to the next day. You know, just enough religion, a half-cup of alcohol with some ice in it and a nice chaser, and then …
MCQUEEN: A lot of sex. [both laugh]
WEST: Yeah—a lot of sex. And then I’d make it to the next week.
Well, that’s… lovely. However, it wasn’t even the weirdest part of his interview. The weirdest part was when he compared being famous to space exploration:
MCQUEEN: I hate to put a stereotype on any profession, but there seems to be a certain loneliness associated with being a musician. Do you ever feel lonely?
WEST: Well, I’ve got my astronaut family. You know, becoming famous is like being catapulted into space—sometimes without a space suit. We’ve seen so many people combust, suffocate, get lost in all these different things. But to have an anchor of other astronauts and to make a little space family … I mean, it’s not like I’m the guy in The Hunger Games  begging for people to like me. I’m almost the guy with the least amount of “likes.” I wanted a family. So god gives you opportunities, and you make sacrifices for something that’s greater.
All in all, this is one of Kanye’s sanest interviews, which I know isn’t saying much but it is at least an interesting look inside the mind of a delusional egomaniac. Well worth the read, but be warned – it’s a LONG one.
January 21, 2014 at 1:30 pm by Jennifer
Bruce Springsteen is The Boss, and what he says goes. He knows music, and he knows what he likes. That turns out to be Kanye West, who Bruce describes as “incredible”. He had a lot to say about Yeezus in a new interview with NPR – have a read.
“[He] is incredible. I mean, the record-making facility, there’s a lot of hours in those records. And I saw him on television, he did the song called ‘Blood on the Leaves’ on Later… With Jools Holland – it was fantastic, you know.”
“I still find him very interesting. I’m not necessarily driving [to] it in my car, you know. I probably fall back on the stuff that I listened to as a kid or something if I’m driving around. But I do listen. I listen to [it] a lot because there’s a lot of information in it and it’s just fascinating record-making.”
I’m with Bruce on Kanye’s musical talent – the guy is a great producer and has some really interesting artistic ideas. It’s just too bad that he’s a megalomaniacal egomaniac with a fleeting grip on reality. That tends to overshadow any actual artistic work he’s doing lately, and that’s a shame.
Also, I love Bruce Springsteen. Nothing else to say about that, I just think he’s amazing.
January 19, 2014 at 3:30 pm by Jennifer
Kim Kardashian gave birth to Kanye‘s baby, North West, nearly eight months ago now. However, that still didn’t preclude her from talking (AGAIN) about how “difficult” pregnancy is on The Ellen DeGeneres Show when she was interviewed this week. She also brought some personal family photos to “premiere” on the show (which she later posted to her own Instagram page) and was generally her obnoxious self.
“After having her I would have a million. [But] the pregnancy, I wouldn’t really wish that upon anyone.
“It’s all worth it in the end, so I would definitely suffer through that, but pregnancy was not a good experience for me. At all. I had a few medical issues, so it was really tough, and I gained a lot of weight…It was really hard mentally on me”
Having medical issues during pregnancy IS super tough, so I sympathize with her there. But “I gained a lot of weight” is what made it hard? Really? You’re growing a human being inside of you and you’re concerned because your feet got fat and you couldn’t wear your favourite Jimmy Choos? Get the fuck out. I know Kim Kardashian literally has nothing in life without her body, so I get the panic there, but if having a child can’t reduce your insane levels of narcissism, I don’t know what will.
That all being said, I don’t think anyone can argue that Nori isn’t absolutely adorable. I just seriously fear for this poor child as she gets older. She is part of the most psychotically self-obsessed family (on both sides) probably in modern history and that doesn’t bode well. I just hope she gets out before it swallows her up too, but somehow I think there’ll be no chance of that…
January 18, 2014 at 9:30 am by Jennifer
Kim Kardashian was going to a doctor’s appointment in Los Angeles yesterday afternoon and, as per usual, was swarmed by paparazzi (which she probably called before leaving the house to let them know she was coming). She pretended to be really put out by the whole thing and even threatened to go back to her ugly Range Rover or whatever it is she’s driving and leave if they didn’t stay back. Eventually they sorta did and she was helped inside by some 18-year-old kid who was screaming profanities, including racial slurs. When Kim told him not to use the slurs, apparently the kid got mad and turned his anger on her and called her a “n****r lover”, leading her to call Kanye, who arrived soon after, walked in and decked the kid.
Kim was at a Beverly Hills medical building when she was swarmed by photogs. We’re told the guy allegedly tried to help Kim get in the building, as he started screaming, “F**k these fa**ot-ass n****rs”" — referring to the paparazzi. Kim then told him it was not appropriate to use the N-word. We’re told he then screamed at her, “F**k you bitch. Just trying to help you. Shut up n****r lover, stupid slut.”
Apparently that got Kim hot as fish grease … she watched the guy walk into an office. As they were walking we’re told the guy continued berating Kim. She dialed Kanye on his cell, and when the guy realized Kanye was on the phone he allegedly said, “F**k you N****r.” Kanye — who had just arrived at the building — then met up with Kim.
Sources say Kanye and Kim rushed into the waiting room of chiropractor Richard Hill and found the 18-year-old sitting there. Witnesses say Kanye punched the guy and Kim screamed, “We have it all on tape.”
Well, this is a bit of a disaster. One of the staff members at the building separated Kanye and the kid he punched, the cops were called and the kid wants to press charges. Keep in mind Kanye is already facing charges for assaulting a paparazzo last year.
I’m a little torn on this one, to be honest. Violence is never the answer, but some people could do with a swift deck in the jaw sometimes, and this little shit clearly deserved it (if, of course, the story is true, which unfortunately it probably is). Then again, it’s corny as shit that Kim had this happened and literally had to phone her boyfriend to come and deal with a kid. These are people in their thirties who think this is the mature thing to do. Like, what? I guess I shouldn’t be surprised…
When will people stop being racist dickheads? When will people stop thinking beating people up is going to change their worldviews and make them come around and see sense? It’s all a mess.