With an invitation to be a guest on a talk show (night or day) not being something high up on the itinerary at this very moment, and the understanding that a good Twitter rant is hyped up, tended to, and cared about for about 15 minutes; Kanye West knows all too well just where to high-tail his rants:
Where: On his own platform a.k.a The Stage.
Cost: Free with the price of admission
Who in their right mind thought that spoofing incessantly self-conscious Kanye West in front of millions of people on one of America’s biggest stages and biggest nights in music was gonna go unchecked?
Let me see a show of hands…
Kanye had yet, another “Wait a minute, wait a minute, I’mma let you finish” moment–with himself. This next one is clearly something he’s trying to work out for himself, perhaps…
Although spoofed at last Sunday’s VMAs as well, Jay Z‘s ego remained in check and to date-7 days later-he still remains mum and unaffected; Kanye didn’t take it as well as his manager and friend in music.
At this weekend’s Made in America festival, he informed the audience about approach and response to being impersonated by comedian / SNL’s Jay Pharoah last Sunday which, he stated: [quote] “I called Jay Pharoah right after the MTV awards. I said, ‘I appreciate your show, but let me tell you about my story. Let me tell you about what I went through to get to that position’ ” | “… So we ain’t gonna have no black comedians going onstage spoofing the people that’s working hard, and helping the next man out.” [unquote]
He then took some time out to take his jabs at (with whom he has a love-hate relationship with): the media, by saying [quote] “They want to make a joke out of how hard we work. It’s fine and all funny and everything, but don’t distract from our vision. It’s not a joke what we do up here. This music that we do is not a joke. What we do culturally is not a joke.” [unquote].
Next…he moved on to celebrities who, before this rant, were like him-they (like him) were all “victims” and one in the same. Even as late as last month, per Kanye, it was the world of regular people and paparazzi against celebrities—even going so far as to liken the world of celebrity as being as victims like the oppression of blacks during the civil rights era.
Well, this time, (this month) Kanye had a thing or two he wanted to share with his concert-goers—to make sure they understood the clear difference between “them” (celebrities) versus his genius, hard-working self (who, the night of the VMAs was away hard at work on his next album while “they”-his wife Kim Kardashian included-sat and laughed, joked around, and enjoyed themselves at the show): “I’ll be sitting around award shows looking around at [expletive] like ‘I’m the only one here who’s not crazy,’ ” [unquote].
Finally, while ranting on the stage at the Made in America festival, West flipped back onto speaking like the “All Falls Down,” or the “Jesus Walks”/conscious and aware Kanye (you know…the one that first hit the scene in 2004)
…Yeah…the once upon a time Kanye when he-himself could be heard on many a songs from his first album, kicking knowledge about “them” making “us” hate ourselves and love their wealth in an effort to try and emulate them in order to feel whole and like “Somebody”…yeah that Kanye.
In closing I say this:
A lot has changed in the mind, life, and consciousness of THAT other Kanye (who now has convinced himself that he himself IS classist, egregious and “woke up like this…”). Because since then, he (himself) has even ranted, kicked and screamed his way into being accepted into various forms of “their” wealth (social, socio-economic, fashion, and otherwise).
But ironically…(in this rant at Made in America-by end rant) he got a sudden attack of “old Kanye” and took a little time out to talk to the audience about [social] class and how it makes us want to buy Mercedes’ and send our children to private schools and whatnot…then proceeded to tell everyone to “love one another.”
Umm. I’m over being ‘cute’ with it all and blaming it on the double-talking two-faces of [being] Gemini]. Just like he picked up the phone and called Jay Pharoah and said “let me tell you my story” …I for one, am curious to hear just what that ‘story’ is [outside of what he’s said and shown to the world & me].
At any rate.
Moment of silence.