Kanye, Kurt Cobain, and the Wish Fulfillment of a Musical Genre | Josh Stein-Sapir

February 24, 2015 8:57 PM

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Kanye, Kurt Cobain, and the Wish Fulfillment of a Musical Genre | Josh Stein-Sapir

Kanye West isn't a real person. He's the unfortunate manifestation of the ideals set forth in his musical genre. He joins a tragic and unique group, which includes Tupac, Sid Vicious, and Kurt Cobain. Each musician's life culminated in the hyperbolic embodiment of one of their genre's core ideologies. Tupac was murdered in a drive-by which, although undeniably unjust and sad, is not surprising considering he had "Thug Life" tattooed across his stomach. Sid Vicious was a hard partying punk rock star who died of a heroin overdose. Sid's demise is so befitting his occupation that it's borderline cliché. Kurt Cobain, arguably the keystone of the sad, angst-y, depressive, grunge movement, induced his own departure. Does that mean Kanye is going to be murdered, OD, or kill himself? Doubtful, because the philosophy supporting his music is deeply rooted in materialism, entitlement, and a bastardized and detached sense of extraordinary self-worth, culminating in what some might call a "yeezus" complex.

So which world had to burn in order to create the ashes from which a Phoenix like Kanye could rise? It's difficult to get from N.W.A.'s "It's not about a salary. It's all about Reality" to Kanye's "I am God. So hurry up with my damn massage," suggesting that the answer to the question falls beyond t...

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