This week Kanye West had to pay the piper for assaulting a photographer who asked him a question and tried to take his picture. First there was this, the infamous “don’t talk to me, don’t talk to any one I know, don’t talk to yourself and just don’t talk ever again,” video acquired by TMZ see below…
And then there was this … Kanye attacking the next photographer who spoke to him …
For this little indiscretion on March 18th, Kanye pleaded, no contest to the charges. In exchange for that plea, the grand theft charge was dismissed and Kanye agreed to the following :
- Two years informal probation (he just has to stay out of trouble) – If all goes well this conviction could be erased from his record
- 24 Private therapy sessions for anger management.
- 250 hours of community service, which basically amounts to a little over three (3) 40 hour weeks per year for the next two years.
Kanye also agrees to pay for damages for the photographer’s equipment and medical bills as as will stay clear of the photographer in question.
Now that, that’s all settled, we would like to also recommend a little Psychotherapy. Continue reading for a little Kanye 101 and a interesting and intriguing full analysis of Kanye’s behavior and attitude toward critics, the fashion industry, corporate America as well as proposed best practices for Kanye in the future. Plus get our take on Kanye and Kim K’s history, relationship and future prospects.
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Kanye West seems to be a divided soul caught between the world from which he came and the world of which he finds himself immersed in n after fame and fortune. On one hand, you have the “George Bush Don’t Care About Black People,” Kanye and then on the other extreme is the “Fendi turned down my designs for leather jogging pants,” Kanye. These days Kanye’s rants are less about socio-political concerns, and more about claims of glass ceilings in corporate America and how fashion houses don’t respect him. In his mind, as an icon of music and culture, people in the fashion industry have shut him out of spaces he has earned the right to be in, after all, the “Yezzy did jump over the Jumpman.”
Then there is Kim Kardashian, a beautiful girl who knows it and flaunts it for everything it’s worth, literally. By some accounts, Kim’s desperation to be famous is what caused her to allegedly orchestrate the plot to leak the now infamous sex tape that elevated her to celebrity status, allowing her to leverage that infamy to get the deal for the television show, “Keeping Up With The Kardashians.” Why not? It worked for Paris Hilton. In the song “Clique, ” even Kanye West himself, admits, “My girl is a superstar / All off of a home movie,” a statement which is very telling indeed. Kanye, on more than one occasion, has openly expressed his obsession with porn, recently saying to W magazine, “The porn thing has never left since high school.” Although Kim’s sex tape wasn’t technically porn, it was close enough and therefore we can see why Kanye fell for the accidental [wink], porn star.
In a Complex magazine interview, rapper Nicki Minaj recounts her first encounter with Kanye West saying,
“I didn’t think that he was gonna like me. I always figured that he was one of those conscious rappers, so I thought that he wouldn’t want girls to be dressed overtly sexy—and I go to the studio, and he has nothing but pictures of naked women on his computer that he’d invite me to look at. They were really artsy pictures, but you know he loves nudity, so it was a complete shock to me, ’cause I thought I had him all figured out, but I didn’t. He was watching porn when we were in the studio—no shame in his game.”
So, looking deeper into this “Kimye” union, and the timing of it all, there are a couple of things that stand out. After a 72 day marriage to New Jersey Nets basketball player; Kris Humphries, with her stock plummeting, Kim may have needed to find a way to get back into the spotlight. Sticking with what usually works for her, what better do this than hooking up with a new man? Staying true to form, against advice that she should lay low on the relationship front after her derailed second marriage, instead only months after separating from her estranged husband, she goes public with a new man, a la super producer and hip-hop star, Kanye West. The gossip rags bite hook, line and sinker and just like that Kris Humphries is instantly forgotten.
On the flip side of that coin is Kanye West’s break up with video vixen Amber Rose, a frequent flyer in wet dreams for many males and maybe even some females. At the time Amber was considered to be hip-hop’s answer to Kim Kardashian. Prior to the break up, thanks to Amber’s trademark short blond buzz cut, bangin’ body [all natural] and provocative wardrobe, Kanye and Amber were in heavy rotation throughout the blogosphere and gossip rags. However, after the breakup Amber was soon seen everywhere touting her undying love for new beau, up and coming rapper, Wiz Khalifa. Now — it was Wiz and Amber getting all the attention and it was their photos that were in heavy rotation.
Not to be outdone, of course Kanye West had to one up Wiz, by going public with Kim Kardashian, who some consider to be one of the most desirable women in not just hip-hop but all of pop culture. After Kanye made over Kim’s wardrobe, Kim and Kanye started showing up all over for press opps and “what do you know,” suddenly Kim started kind of sort-of, and definitely maybe, sporting more Amber Rose-ish attire, even down to the choice of bra or lack thereof. Of course, that little change being compliments to Kanye, who during an episode of “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” was asked by Kim if her boobs would look better pushed up?
Kanye responded saying, “No, because I like a more natural look …because I grew up on 80’s magazines.” So with a makeover, a new relationship and a couple of well-timed trips to the ice cream parlor, just like that, flash bulbs were all a glow once again.
However, the bigger scoop was that according to Amber Rose, before going public, Kim and Kanye had long since been hooking up and were sneaking around cheating on her and Kim’s then boyfriend, football star Reggie Bush. A claim the Kardashian klan first denied, but everyone knows by now what a Kardashian denial is worth. Anyway, now back in the spotlight and just when it appeared they had it in the bag, news starts to swirl about Kim’s ex, Reggie Bush, having a baby. Ironically, Bush’s new pregnant girlfriend, Lilit Avagyan, is none other than the Kim Kardashian look alike model in the Old Navy commercial that caused Kim to sue the company claiming they used her likeness. Now for the kicker, Wiz Khalifa and Amber were also expecting! So what to do, oh what to do?! Well if you can’t beat em’, join em! What else? Of course, Kim and Ye, make a baby.
Defined: A term originating with Narcissus, a character in Greek Mythology who fell in love with his own image reflected in a pool of water and is characterized by egotism, vanity and pride.
• Hypersensitivity to any insults real or imagined, usually resulting in narcissistic rage
• Detesting those who do not admire them
• Bragging and exaggerating achievements
• Entitlement –Holds expectations of particularly favorable treatment and automatic compliance because they think they are special
Defined: Delusional fantasies of power, relevance, or omnipotence
• Delusional fantasies of power, relevance, or omnipotence [/bscolumns]
As for Kimmy K., from whining that it should have been her when Khole got engaged; to having an x-ray on television to prove that her butt is real (do but shots or fat removed from your thighs into your backside show up on x-ray’s?); to not admitting she has had a boob job even though her ex-husband, Damon Thomas claims otherwise; to begging sister Kylie to post pictures of her on her Thumblr page and even Kanye’s campaign claiming that Kim deserves a star on the Hollywood walk of fame alongside Oscar winners and so on…all of this could be described as narcissism and/or megalomania.
Other narcissistic traits shown by Kardashian include:
- Almost universally most would agree that Kim appears to be obsessed with her looks
- Appears to be hyper-sensitive to detractors (calling out Katie Curic, saying she hates fake media friends and tweeting a picture of Katie’s gift for baby North after Katie said she doesn’t understand why the Kardashians are famous)
- Often appears to think she is more worthy and more deserving than her siblings
- Appearance of holding herself up higher and even separate and apart from her siblings. [/bscolumns]
As for Kanye . . .
Evidence for Kanye’s diagnosis can be best demonstrated by quotes from Kanye himself. See for yourself below:
When it’s all said and done, these two may just be a match made in heaven. It appears Kim and Kanye covet the same things. Plus it’s clear that both need and long for a romantic connection for validation, and they provide that for each other in spades. He doesn’t care about her soiled reputation and she doesn’t care about his ego.
“What I feel like — ‘cause I wanna be married, of course — I feel like the type of girl I would be with is a fellow superhero. So we get that ‘already flying, and now we’re just flying together’ thing.” [Details, February, 2009]
At any rate, back to Kanye’s desperate desire to make the world better through product design and specifically fashion design, in the BBC Radio 1 interview, Kanye tells Zane Lowe,
“I have reached the glass ceiling as a creative person, as a celebrity. When I say that, it means, I want to do product. I’m a product person. Not just clothing, but water bottle design, architecture, everything, you know, that you could think about. And I’ve been at it for 10 years, and I look around, and I say, wait a second, there’s no one in this space that looks like me, and if they are, they’re quiet as fuck. So that means wait a second, now we’re seriously, like, in a civil rights movement.”
While Kanye laments over what in his perception is being relegated to the back of the high fashion bus, kids are shooting each other for Jordan’s and jackets. This begs the question of how could one claiming to want to make the world better, be blind to voraciously contributing to and perpetuating a culture where one bases their self-worth by what’s in their closet, something Kanye eludes to often, i.e. the following quotes:
When asked by The Guardian magazine to explain his answer to BBC Radio 1’s Tim Westwood, about Louis [Vuitton], porn, and church being the three words that would sum up his life, Kanye further explained saying,
“Well, I spend more time watching porn and praying about it afterwards. Then I’ll put on some Louis Vuitton and leave.”
“People say life isn’t fair. And unless you’re Kanye West, or you this pretty girl that dates this soccer player, or your parents had money, you don’t get to wear Versace all the time.”
[BBC, Radio 1, 2013]
“You can have on a Zara pant, right? And a girl walks in with the Celine version, and you feel like shit. That is the problem. I’m talkin’ about us, the new slaves, the people who love fashion. I’m talking about us, you know?” [BBC Radio 1, 2013]
The folly in that thinking is it could potentially add to the problem rather than helping to solve it. Perhaps the POTUS, Barack Obama put it best during an interview with Amazon.com when he said,
“I do think what’s shifted is a notion that the wealthier you are, the more conspicuous consumption you engage in. The more successful you are; the more society should stay out of your way as you pursue the bigger house or the fancier jet or the bigger yacht. Were they things that all of us might have liked to have? Sure. But partly, I think, there also has been a shift in culture. There was not that window into the lifestyles of the rich and famous. Kids weren’t monitoring every day what Kim Kardashian was wearing, or where Kanye West was going on vacation, and thinking that somehow that was the mark of success.”
Conversely, in spite of all that has been said, looking beyond the surface, one should be able to discern that Kanye really has good intentions and really means no harm and therefore there is no foul. Actually, Kanye’s ambition, passion and “can-do” attitude is quite commendable and is presumably the driving force that has allowed him to accomplish the kinds of things he has throughout his career.
There is undoubtedly something genius about someone who could accomplish a feat like winning 21 Grammy’s by the age of 36 without the benefit of even knowing how to play an instrument. Therefore, just because he has not earned an architecture degree does not mean that he could not collaborate on beautiful architectural design. Who is to say that he cannot create fashion because he has no formal training? Odds are he could make brilliant contributions in all of these areas.
Unfortunately for Kanye, what he lacks is the diplomacy, finesse and sophistication necessary to sway those in positions of power that could help him shatter those glass ceilings.
One could suggest that it takes a lot of humility for a person of Kanye’s stature in the music world to take an internship at Fendi for four months. True. One could also say it takes a person like Kanye to think he could skip design school altogether, go straight to the internship and expect to be propelled instantly to high fashion designer status after only four months. The point is, it’s all relative depending on whom you ask and what their perspective is.
Therefore, when you are sitting in front of those who do have the proper credentials, those who have taken the time along with the necessary steps to master and hone their skills, those who are already recognized and accomplished–one would suspect it a little off putting to say, “ I can do it better than you… I am more relevant than you. I am more influential, and it diminishes your credibility if you don’t choose me.”
In other words, why burn down the house when all you really want to do is give it a fresh new coat of paint.
Yes, everyone knows Kanye brought back skinny jeans and as profound as he may think that is; is it any different than Kwame and polka-dots? Is it any different than B.I.G. and Versace shirts or Coogi sweaters? Is it different from Snoop Dog and hockey jerseys or Salt-N-Pepa and door knocker earrings?
Maybe it’s equal to Jay-Z saying, “I don’t wear jerseys; I’m 30 plus” on the song “What More Can I Say”, but it is nowhere near as pivotal a moment as Run DMC and “My Adidas.” In no way does Kanye’s fashion statements match that one declaration that forever changed how Madison Avenue viewed hip-hop culture and lead to the lucrative endorsement deals rappers now enjoy. Oh and note to Kanye; incidentally, if flip flops for black guys are contraband, even on the beach, that rule must also apply to leather skirts [kilts] at hip-hop shows.
Ultimately Kanye’s persona seems to be his protection and his armor. A glimpse of this can be detected, when his guard is down, and vulnerabilities are visible as in the following quote,
“When someone comes up and says something like, ‘I am a god,’ everybody says, ‘Who does he think he is?’ I just told you who I thought I was! A god! I just told you. That’s who I think I am. Would it have been better if I had a song that said, ‘I am a n***a? Or if I had a song that said, ‘I am a gangster’? Or if I had a song that said, ‘I am a pimp’? All those colors and patinas fit better on a person like me, right? But to say you are a god, especially when you got shipped over to the country that you’re in, and your last name is a slave owner’s. How could you say that? How could you have that mentality?”
Self-affirmation ignites his drive to excel past naysayers and non-believers. Ultimately, how can anyone be mad at that?
To experience Kanye in action and in all his glory, strap in and check out the must see interviews below . . .
Kanye West On Shade 45 with “YOU AIN’T GOT THE ANSWERS” Sway!
Kanye West On BBC Radio 1 with Zane Lowe Part 1
Kanye West On BBC Radio 1 with Zane Lowe Part 2
Kanye West On BBC Radio 1 with Zane Lowe Part 3
Kanye West On BBC Radio 1 with Zane Lowe Part 4
Kanye West on Jimmy Kimmel after twitter fight over Jimmy Kimmel Spoof of Kanye West acting childish…