What do you give the man who has everything? Well, if that man is Kanye West, you can start with a f*cking break.
‘Ye’s latest album The Life of Pablo continues to explore the darker side of fame and fortune, a theme that he’s harped on in every one of his albums since his 2010 paranoid magnum opus My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.
To fully understand how dramatic ‘Ye’s anti-fame shift in attitude is, we need to take a look at his early work. The Pink Polo Kanye of the College trilogy saw fame and fortune as the ultimate end goal. He was proud of his Benz and his backpack. He couldn’t wait to get his money right. The overwhelming joy of Yeezy’s early production style echoed his unbridled enthusiasm for getting money and getting known. ‘Ye wanted listeners to understand that fame was everything, even more important than craft. Getting on this TV (Momma) tellingly held priority over putting sh*t down.