Artistry is derived from it’s vessel’s drive. Much more than some social media status or community college course requirement, artistry is the passion to see a vision through from spark to flame and the will to conquer any and all adversaries that try to stop you along the way. At one point or another during their lives, most people attempt to be artists, yet their engines lack the horsepower to allow their goals to see the beautiful light of day. Simply put, some people have what it takes while others don’t.
Kanye West, one artist with a God-given stage name, has always known he’s been in possession of that “it” factor. But, only since his relatively recent, post-VMA-award-incident-media-coverage have we really seen how obvious his personal awareness has been. Some people loathe him for it, others find his unrefined desire to succeed inspiring. To say I’m personally on board with the latter category is an understatement, mostly because the Chicago native with 20/20 foresight has been targeting these already-achieved goals since day one – which is clearly identified on this vintage footage of ‘Ye and Rhymefest realizing the potential of “Jesus Walks” in a Jersey City loft, less than five-months after 9/11 and a blink of an-eye away from West becoming one of the biggest cultural icons of the decade.
Notice how the unrefined physique and nappy fade are the only things separating this never-shy, natural-born showman during those pre-College Dropout days from now in 2011, where Donda’s son has just been served his fifth consecutive platinum plaque.
Take notes, but don’t even try to keep up.
H/T: The Box Houston