If you haven’t heard by now, Monday, Kanye West visited The Breakfast Club on New York’s Power 105.1. If you haven’t heard it, check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1W_QWDWHiI.
Let me begin by saying I loved this interview! He gave us the Kanye Crazy we love and a social message that people need to hear. Let us not forget that there is a thin line between genius and insanity (see Howard Hughes). After listening to this interview I think Kanye needs an outliner. He needs someone to organize his thoughts old school style. You know Roman Numeral “I”, sub point “A”, sub-sub point 1. . .
There were some Yes Yeezus moments and and even more WTF moments. Let’s discuss! The following moments had me saying “Yes Yeezus”
- Black people don’t have old Jewish money. You already knew that.
- He gets sonned by Nike. This made me feel a little sad. If Kanye West gets sonned by Nike what chance is there for the rest of us?
- There are no Black suit designers. Immediately I thought about Sean John but then again there are exactly zero Wall Street bankers wearing Sean John suits while they close the deals that will probably ruin the economy (again).
- Obama & no money v. Bush’s oil money. George Bush led us into 2 wars with little opposition. Obama gave everyone healthcare and they shut down the government.
- He wanted to learn Jay-Z’s likability. Don’t all of us want to be better?
There were a few moments when I felt like I should’ve been high or Kanye got too high before the interview.
- God told him to wear a kilt. I didn’t know the Lord influenced fashion choices.
- Tupac of Product. I’ve listened to the interview 3 times and I still don’t know what that means or what it’s supposed to mean. If you know please let me know.
- World War Z. If this is WWZ how did I miss wars A through Y?
- Eve, Adam, illegal nudity. I’m with Charlamagne in my confusion. Someone who wants to sell clothing shouldn’t be upset that being naked is illegal.
- Hunger Games. File this in the same drawer as the “Tupac of Product.”
If I were directing the Yeezy’s movie I’d insert the intro “Money, Power, Respect ” where Lil Kim says “First you get the money, then you get the power. After you get the power ***** gonna respect you.” It is easy to call Kanye crazy. However, if you take out the parts about Kim being Marilyn Monroe and the desire for a White trash video and think about his point about the billionaires he’s actually on to something. Lucky for you, I did the research so you don’t have to. I checked Forbes. Kanye is right about there being 7 Black billionaires. They are:
- Oprah $2.8B
- Aliko Dangote, Nigeria, Sugar/Flour & Cement $16.1B
- Mohammed Al-Amoudi, Saudi Arabia, Oil $13.5B
- Mike Adenuga, Nigeria, Oil $4.7B
- Patrice Motsepe, South Africa, Mines $2.9B
- Isabel Dos Santos, Angola, Investments $2B
- Mo Ibrahim, Sudan/Britain, Investments $1.1B
Now that we know the only 7 Black billionaires names according to Forbes, let’s think. 4 of the top 10 richest people in the world are Waltons, of Walmart fame. Each of them are worth about $32 billion. In other White people stay winning news, let us not forget that if King, I mean, Mayor Bloomberg lost $28 billion he would still have Oprah’s money. This made me remember Chris Rock’s “I’m not talking about rich. I’m talking about wealth skit.” If you’re unfamiliar with it check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kglXIoiXDFM.
Finally, I really need to understand why Kanye kept cheer-leading for Drake. He said it’s Drake season multiple times. To that I say “since when?” Do you feel like it’s Canadian, biracial, Jewish, actor, rapper/singer season? Let’s file that under the visionary stream of consciousness. After this interview I wish MTV still did “Diary.” I’d love a few days worth of Kanye Crazy. I’m not a God but I am a little crazy which is why I’m into Kanye-type rants. Thanksgiving is upon us. We should be thankful that Kanye feels marginalized enough to give us Olympic level crazy.
What are your thoughts on the interview? Loved it? Hated it? Comment below and let me know!