In recent light of the hoopla surrounding the Kanye West versus Jimmy Kimmel drama, I got to thinking about why we as an audience ridicule our entertainers for being passionate and verbose about their craft. We allow the media continue to do this to our favorite artists because we’re too lazy to understand them. We would rather point and laugh with everyone else because we don’t get what they’re talking about or maybe we can’t relate.
I’m not saying every word that comes out of their mouths is gold but it’s worth opening our ears and listening to what they have to say. Not to say that healthy criticism isn’t unacceptable, but there’s a difference between disagreement and outright combativeness. Let’s have a conversation about something more than Miley Cyrus’s twerking and Rihanna’s penchant for pot smoking.
“Music is a reflection of self.”
Madonna has had her fair share of controversial comments and she has never really cared what anyone’s had to say about her, but her comments equating acquitting O.J. Simpson to buying a Mariah Carey album sparked quite a bit of outrage.
She may have verbally bitched slapped Carey, but her point was still valid and since 1995, the issue has only gotten more convoluted. We, as an audience, don’t want to read into things or understand beyond what we have to. We would rather settle down for the soft mewls of Mariah Carey than the clangor of her more alternative counterparts.
Madonna has a passion for pop music that is rarely seen anymore and I’m sure over the years she’s only gotten more jaded by the state of pop music.
During Kanye’s recent interview with Zane Lowe on BBC, he touched on many topics from rappers being the new rock stars to leather jogging pants to Michael Jackson. His raw, unadulterated passion can be felt through the screen. It’s admirable to see that kind of intense passion in someone who should be jaded by the industry by now.
Yet Jimmy Kimmel took Kanye’s words as being juvenile and unintelligible, which was exactly the point Kanye was trying to make in the interview. Yes, Kimmel’s a comedian and it’s a part of his job to poke fun but he didn’t understand where Ye was coming from so instead he infantilized him.
A few days ago, Lady Gaga was answering questions from her fans about her upcoming album, ‘ARTPOP’, when Adam Levine decided to throw what might be the most random shade of the year.
He tweeted, “Ugh..recycling old art for a younger generation doesn’t make you an artist. It makes you an art teacher.” This type of insult has been used against Gaga before and it’s interesting to see one artist bashing another for being passionate about their music. Doesn’t that seem a little hypocritical?
Gaga’s pretty much the only pop star right now that is trying to creating art out of pop music and it doesn’t make her better than anyone else, it just makes her a risk taker worthy of respect.
It’s hard to pick from the hundreds upon hundreds controversial Eminem quotes, he’s built an entire career based on pissing people off with his raw passion and insight.
The above quote sparked a lot of anger in people, crying “white privilege” without really understanding what the man was trying to say. Eminem grew up believing he was white trash, that he was no better than anyone else. When he fought to make his dream of being a rapper come true, he came under fire just for being a white man in a black man’s world.
Many saw him as the invader and instead of trying to understand him, they protested and marched to end his career. They failed.
I will say right off the bat that I do not like Azealia Banks, nor do I agree with her most of the time. However, some of her Twitter rants hold merit or at least some kernel of realness underneath the blabberings of a bored young woman.
Her quote above is a very real issue within the black community and beyond. People spending way beyond their means to achieve some pointless notion of success when they can barely feed their kids.
Most people take everything Azealia has to say in a bad way because she doesn’t really know how to express herself. She goes on the defensive but she does make very good points, but often times they get buried under her unbridled vitriol.