Is Kanye West A Threat To The Western Cultural Norm?
What’s wrong with Kanye West calling himself a genius or the greatest rockstar of all time?
Judging by the Internet and general conversation, anyone would think having confidence and self belief is a crime. Ever thought about being inspired to believe in yourself rather than crucifying someone who refuses to allow society to profit off of ones insecurities and self doubt.
It seems as though society is threatened by people who believe in themselves, labelling them arrogant, self centred or suggesting ways they should dumb themselves down. Why?
An individual who has self belief and knowledge of self is perhaps the greatest weapon against all injustices because those are the ones who strive to make a change. They already have the belief that if they don’t make the change no one else will.
Could the reason people who know what they are capable of get shot down because their self belief, optimism, imagination, creativity and tenacity is so infectious and will inspire others to do the same?
Before you you dislike someone and label them with negatives for being true to self, question why you dislike that person. What is it about that person and their self belief and fearlessness that leaves a distaste in your mouth, should they be insecure and fearful of failure like yourself and obey societal norm, to fall in line and have said societal pressures profit from your self doubt and loathing?
Here’s a letter to Kanye from Genesis Elijah, it’s very well executed and could be applied to a lot of rappers. As much as I can’t justify the asking price for a pair of Yeezy Boosts [yet], I feel as though Kanye having the confidence to say that he’s [for instance] ‘Walt Disney‘ of rap or the ‘2Pac‘ of product will inspire a generation of kids and followers to go after their dreams and feel free to surpass what others have done.
There’s no doubt in my mind that Elijah’s commentary is from beyond the surface, and intended to encourage Kanye to be aware of how his actions on the surface may formulate a perception of him and other black males, but others who aren’t in the know, such as media outlets and the wider public, pickup on these bold statements and run off on tangents rather than go into depth of the commentary. I feel like the best quotes are often overlooked such as this jewel from from the Zane Lowe interview…
“I told you who I was, A God. Would you rather me make a song called I am a Nigga, or I am a pimp…”
Several levels beneath those surfaces on a sub-semi conscious level, could people hate Kanye and dismiss his self confidence and belief by labelling him arrogant, because he is a threat to Willie Lynch conditioning and White Supremacy?
A black man who is one of the most revered men in Hip Hop, which is now and has been the main driving force and influencer of global popular culture for near on two decades, has stood up with knowledge of self, confidence, determination, and self belief to a culture of followers and called himself a God at a time when people are discovering the real knowledge and history of these these political and corporate institutions; the reason society is built on a structure of racism to benefitting a few, who fear their power is slipping away, each passing day people become more and more connected.
There’s a lot of levels to this shit, there’s always more to it than meets the eye. I’m not saying that you have to like something or someone, the choice is yours, my point is don’t dislike or feel threatened by someone who doesn’t give in to their insecurities or chooses to rebel against how society would like us to be.
I just thought I’d share my thoughts, believe in yourselves and dare to dream because what other people or society think of you is none of your business.
Peace and Love