Now this is unfortunate. It has always been too easy for people to turn their noses up at Kanye West and his music because “He’s an asshole.” For that reason and because his albums (particularly Late Registration) have a special place in my heart, I have always been one to stand up for the guy. That is not to say that I didn’t think West was an asshole, but rather that it doesn’t matter. His conceit never affected his music, nor did it hurt anyone. With one exception: “If I don’t win, the award show loses credibility.”
Because this outburst was at the MTV Europe Awards, which are watched by 0 Americans and potentially 100 Europeans, the situation blew over pretty quickly. Plus, West went on to shoot his “Good Life” video with the same directors he stepped on in Europe. He couldn’t beat ’em, he joined ’em, everyone went home happy.
In the recent past, particularly since the death of Donda West and the release of 808’s & Heartbreak, West’s wackness had decreased significantly. He was even able to take a step back and laugh at himself after the “fishsticks” fiasco. Yes, things were going pretty well for Kanye “Executive Producer of Blueprint 3” West. Until last night’s VMA’s:
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