Why America needs Kanye West

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Kanye West makes it easy for people to hate him. He throws tantrums at award shows, he snatches mics from blond pop princesses, he rants at concerts, he screams at radio hosts who don’t have the answers.

He is often tactless and lacking decorum, and his honesty comes with absolutely no filter. Branding him as arrogant, obnoxious and egomaniacal seems to be the simplest, most obvious conclusion available. It’s just not entirely accurate.

It would be just as accurate — if not moreso — to describe Kanye West as courageous, revolutionary, visionary, groundbreaking and inspiring. But those labels are seldom applied to the rap star. Few people consider that the passion that fuels his backstage meltdowns and mic-snatching spectacles is the same passion that’s brought us some of the most wildly imaginative art of this generation. Instead, his outbursts are gleefully shared, mocked and in some cases celebrated as evidence of his megalomania while his artistic genius — as in the case of the Yeezus Tour — is often downplayed or ignored altogether.

Considering the nature of our world, it’s not all that surprising…continue reading at Rap Rehab.

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