It’s hard to spill any ink over Kanye West that isn’t already on the page.
Kanye is one of the most troubled, beguiling, and frustrating artists of the current generation. He’s also one of the most talented. A hip hop artist that embraces an album-centric approach to making music and chooses to make fully-form pieces of art rather than a collection of marketable singles.
While Yeezy doesn’t chase fame with his music, he does so through his constantly grating and abrasive public persona. He’s not only a celebrity who says exactly what’s on his mind, you often question where those words are coming from. Somewhere deep down are you hurt, Kanye? Are you sad? Are you mad?
If it wasn’t enough that the hype for The Life of Pablo has been suffocating, the bullshit that surrounds Kanye West has been louder and more ignorant than ever. It’s getting harder and harder to separate Kanye the artist from Kanye the guy, giving pause to many people who fought to the death that Kanye was a singular genius.
So that’s why we pulled this podcast together. Because The Life of Pablo is finally upon us. On the pod, we are joined by Jon Robertson, Cody Davis, Rolando Agado, and myself to talk about Yeezy’s career, wild opinions, and the album The Life of Pablo.
Of course, in grand B.G.M. podcast tradition, we determine once and for all if The Life of Pablo is good or bad, but we also contextualize that point and fully explore the connection between artist and art. The Life of Pablo is claimed by Kanye West to be a grand artistic statement… but is it? Only by listening to this podcast will you ever find out.
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