In a recent chat with VladTV, outspoken radio host Charlamagne tha God called Kanye West out for being a walking contradiction and a “fake revolutionary for profit.”
Criticizing West for the tone of his latest album “Yeezus” which denounces capitalism and celebrity while its creator blatantly indulges in it, Charlamagne takes Ye to task for calling himself a “New Slave” while having free will to choose how he navigates the world.
“To say you’re a new slave because you decided you wanted to be a rapper, you decided you wanted to go out there and get a record deal and sign to a major label, you decided to get into business with Nike…you decided that,” the Breakfast Club host explained. “So how are you are slave? You got free will. Freedom of choice. So you’re telling me you chose to be a slave?”
Charlamagne isn’t Yeezy’s only critic. While several music insiders have lauded “Yeezus” for being daring and creative, others aren’t buying the angst-filled album Ye is selling.
“West isn’t Jesus, perhaps not even a music deity to his fans any more. He certainly isn’t Public Enemy or Jay-Z, or as good as them. This CD is nowhere near his best.
It pushes X-rated hip-hop bragging off the scale with its abrasive beats. This driving industrial music is not so radio-friendly: Think Nine Inch Nails mixed with Nirvana or Radiohead at its most experimental.
West has repeatedly stated he is being ironic and is misunderstood. He has nobody but himself to blame with efforts like “New Slaves.”
The lyric goes: “f*** you and your Hampton house/ I’ll f*** your Hampton spouse/ c*** on her Hampton blouse/ and in her Hampton mouth/ Y’all ’bout to turn s*** up/ I’m ’bout to tear s*** down/ I’m ’bout to air s*** out/ Now what the f*** they gon’ say now?” Oh, just shut up. Rating: No stars.
After 40 minutes of this fantasizing, it’s good to turn to rock that’s more rewarding and by people who actually have brains that they use.
Since he burst on the scene, West has seemed to grapple with balancing his need to drop thoughtful lyrics with his relentless pursuit of draping himself in all of the trappings of success (cars, clothes, and cash).
Ye addressed this seeming contradiction on “All Falls Down:”
I say fuck the police, thats how I treat em/
We buy our way out of jail, but we can’t buy freedom/
We’ll buy a lot of clothes when we don’t really need em/
Things we buy to cover up what’s inside/
Cause they make us hate ourself and love they wealth/
That’s why shortys hollering “where the ballas’ at?”/
Drug dealer buy Jordans, crackhead buy crack/
And a white man get paid off of all of that/
But I ain’t even gon act holier than thou/
Cause fuck it, I went to Jacob with 25 thou/
Before I had a house and I’d do it again/
Cause I wanna be on 106 and Park pushing a Benz/
I wanna act ballerific like it’s all terrific/
I got a couple past due bills, I won’t get specific/
I got a problem with spending before I get it/
We all self conscious I’m just the first to admit it/
Does Kanye’s inability to truly pick a side make him a hypocrite, as Charlamagne asserts, or merely human?