Hip-Hop, Riches & The Fragile Egos Of Their Community

By: 11.12.10  •  34 Comments

The saying goes “Money can’t buy you happiness…”

When deliberated over its proper context, yes, there’s a possibility that every material possession imaginable brought upon by wealth can still leave one’s soul feeling hollow. Yet it remains, the majority of us reading said quote can’t easily identify with a millionaire’s daily gripes and struggles (for argument’s sake, we’re going to award them the benefit of the doubt). But the average, everyday working-class citizen, most likely can identify with a time where a jolt in monetary support allowed more legroom than usual. A lottery scratch-off, a healthy tax return or just being responsible with your savings—have all brought about that proverbial “happiness” which the infamous quote refers to. While relishing in the splendor of the moment, the general acknowledgement is probably something along the lines of “wish it was like this everyday.”

For some of our biggest Hip-Hop mainstays of the moment, the pursuit of happiness was chased vigorously in bare feet through rugged terrain but the payoff was rewarded with golden slippers to prance about as they saw fit. Now it seems Kanye West and Rick Ross have forgotten the blistering path which led them to complain about life’s luxuries.

Feverishly thrusting his fingers into a Twitter-tirade the other day, an one-on-one sitdown with Matt Lauer on The Today Show prompted Kanye to depict himself a martyr rolled up in a scapegoat blanket for being grilled about the George Bush ordeal. Nevermind critics are propelling the ratings of his new album through the roof or he’s an easy shoe-in to join the handful of artists with a platinum album in 2010. No, his newfound empathy towards the former looniest executive of all-time isn’t being respected and it’s hurting his pride. Alas, there will be no chance for reconciliation. After all, it’s a “set-up.”

No one man should have all that POWER but you do, Ye. Let’s keep it all…the…way…real. None of your core supporters give a damn about Taylor Swift or her record sales and any positive emotion towards Dubya definitely doesn’t register. Playing coy and overtly humble is a direct contradiction to the music you make and quite frankly, whining on TV & Twitter makes us all roll our eyes and actually wish for a spaz-out moment so we can applaud you for holding your ground. Money can’t buy you happiness but it can fly you away from any perceived threat that may linger in your mind.

Let the dollars set you free if the truth is delaying the process.

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