Michelle Buckley

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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Kanye as Christ?

Photo Courtesy of AP

Rapper/self-proclaimed musical genius, Kanye West -- you either love him or hate him. There's no in-between with this brutha. But him posing as Christ this week on Rolling Stone Magazine? I have a real problem with that 0ne!

He may THINK he's the Saviour of the music biz. He may THINK he resurrected hip hop, but shouldn't some things be sacred? Recreating expolitive, inflammatory images of Christ to create "buzz" and sell records bothers me. And if you're wondering -- yeah I had a problem with Madonna's 'Like A Prayer' video, years back, for the same reason.

What happened to the meek shall inherit the earth? The first problem I have with Kanye portraying Jesus is that Jesus was the picture of humility -- but Kanye doesn't have a humble bone in his body -- he's made that clear over and over again! And ain't nothing about him meek. Perhaps the car accident that nearly took his life before he blew up has resulted in him being able to focus on what's important and what's not -- like not giving a flying fig about society's political correctness. Facing one's immortality can have any number of effects on you ...

Second when it comes to Kanye -- where is the love (other than for himself) that Jesus preached? I know in the world of entertainment, you have to have a healthy ego to survive all the negative and crazy stuff that's thrown at you on the regular. And yeah, while Kanye is talented, so are a lot of other people who don't talk half the smack he does. Look at Diddy, Snoop, Jermaine, Dre (there are plenty others) ... they all have HEALTHY egos with mouths to match, but at the end of the day -- there is something about each of them that is likable...redeemable.

Kanye says that society expects great things from people -- but then when you talk about how great you are society chastises you and tells you to tone it down! Especially if you're a brother. Is he right?

Challenging President George Bush during the Katrina disaster got Kanye a lot of attention. Has it helped him? Hurt him? Hard to say, but whatever the case -- it sure hasn't shut him up. Blame it on his love of pornography (read below).



From....The Associated Press

Kanye West, with a crown of thorns atop his head, poses as Jesus Christ on the cover of the upcoming issue of Rolling Stone.

The outspoken rapper defends his brash attitude inside the magazine's pages, on newsstands Friday. He is also pictured posing as Muhammad Ali.

"In America, they want you to accomplish these great feats, to pull off these David Copperfield-type stunts," he says. "You want me to be great, but you don't ever want me to say I'm great?"

West also says his hit song "Gold Digger" was the best song last year and that it should have been nominated for the Grammy's best rap song category: "That's a gimme Grammy."

Nevertheless, the 27-year-old is nominated for eight awards, including album of the year for his sophomore album, "Late Registration." The Grammys will be presented Feb. 8.

West has always been forthright in saying what he feels, most famously when he said "George Bush doesn't care about black people" during a telethon for Hurricane Katrina victims. "If I was more complacent and I let things slide, my life would be easier, but you all wouldn't be as entertained," he says. "My misery is your pleasure."

The strangest tangent of the Rolling Stone story, however, is when West says he's addicted to pornography. He remembers first seeing his father's Playboy magazine when he was 5 years old. "Right then," West says, laughing, "it was like, 'Houston, we have a problem.'"
Blogger Rose said...

Oh my goodness. I think he crossed the line. He had better be careful because the Lord giveth and he will surely taketh. Don't play with God. Sadly, his attitude is going to be his downfall.

9:40 PM, January 25, 2006  
Blogger Stacy-Deanne said...

No thinking about it, Rose. He has DEFINITELY crossed the line. I just saw this on another person's blog too. Mickey, Mase is doing the same thing with his new album cover. When West first came out people claimed they had so much respect for him. Well I don't listen to his music and barely remembers what he looks like from the time I see him to the next. I think he is just someone trying to get attention by being controversal. He's not the first rapper to do this. P. Diddy, Jay-Z, 50 Cents and the king of controversy himself...Eminem have all tried it. And where is Eminem right now by the way? I can't stand someone who uses controversy to get attention. It's a cheap ploy and it doesn't last. He is digging a hole and hurting his career if he continues with his antics. He may think he's all that but no one is going to take him playing with someone's religion. Think of all the people he's offending. And what the heck makes him think HE could be god? Please. He's arrogant, conceited and pathetic. Why can't he rely on his music (if it's supposed to be so great) and stop all this shameless promotion. It isn't impressive at all to me. His cocky behind.

2:25 AM, January 26, 2006  
Blogger Michelle said...

Rose/Stacy -- you're both right. To whom much is given, much is expected. Let's hope Kanye is using his notariaty/antics to do something positive for others. He's definitely making an impression. I guess like Christ, he recognizes his value and knows why he was put here on Earth. A lot of us, can't say that about ourselves. Also like Christ, Kanye is using his God-given talents to do what God sent him here to do, plus he's shaking things up and making people think and question things.

Don't get me wrong, I love talented and CONFIDENT people who know their worth and are excellent at their jobs. But there is a fine line between cocky and confident. Something that bugs me is when folks are over-the-top with their bragging, bullshi**ing and arrogance. I created a word for it -- bragbullogance. Can't stand it.

With all that said a healthy amount of promotion is required for any artist...but the controversial antics and statements aren't necessary. Too many people have been successful without all that. Let your work and talent speak for themselves.

12:55 PM, January 26, 2006  
Blogger Serenity23 said...

Hi Michelle!
I am one of the moderators of the ewineandwords site. I would like to take you up on that offer for the sunday spotlight. Can you send me your email address at serenity_twentythree@yahoo.com ? Thanks!

12:55 PM, January 26, 2006  
Blogger Shawn said...

I admit I liked Kanye when he first came out because he bought something different to the table. I bought the first album but not the second. I kept putting it off for some reason. And now I am glad I did. I am all for artistic expression but not when it trivializes something that is very important to me.

2:04 PM, January 26, 2006  
Blogger Michelle said...

Serenity -- I AM ON IT, GURRRRL! I can't wait to receive your questions for the interview. For you all out in blogland -- check out the ewineandwords site as soon as you can. It has a great, calm vibe and it celebrates books and authors! Yeahhhh! Look for more on the ewineandwords site later -- right here!

Shawn -- thanks for stopping in. I mostly think all is fair when it comes to promoting yourself -- with a few exceptions -- I hate seeing women artists selling the sexuality thing too hard by showing the a** (and other parts) for cash. Plus, I hate when others are hurt or degraded in the name of promotion (ex. racial hatred/gay bashing, etc). Kanye has taken a sacred image -- the SON OF MAN and really trivialized it to get a little attention. Problem is -- it's working. Heck, he's got me and lots of other bloggers typing on and on about it -- not to mention other media forms are all abuzz with the story. At the end of the day, all of this is going to translate into more record sales --so I'm actually putting more money in his pockets. SHAME ON ME!

2:34 PM, January 26, 2006  
Blogger Friar Tuck said...

I dont have problems with the porn confession or even the picture per se.

What I have a problem with is that at times I feel like the man is using Jesus's image and a few Jesus songs to gloss up his image and sell himself. And it pisses me off when people just use Jesus to make them money.

By the way...the Bible blog is back and active.

4:20 PM, January 26, 2006  
Blogger Dr. Deborah Serani said...

I think the picture of him is so striking. I like it.


4:28 PM, January 26, 2006  
Blogger Rain said...

It's an attention getter, that's about it. I don't know that much about him, other than what's on the radio. Just came over to say hi Michelle, your blog is rocking with all these good posts!

8:47 PM, January 27, 2006  
Blogger lady in satin said...

I have to agree with you on this one. I don't quite like the metaphor of Kanye as Christ.

Honestly...I don't like the fact that a church paid him, I mean PAID him money to perform his songs, and that song of his "Jesus Walks." I think its a mockery of what true Christianity is all about.

But...that's just my personal opinion. Its not my place to say what is right or wrong in the eyes of God. But he will get what he asks for.

10:24 PM, January 27, 2006  
Blogger Shelley Halima said...

I don't like the picture - plain and simple. I think he crossed the line on this one. And Michelle you are so right - there is line between cocky and confident. And another thing you're right about is humility goes a long way. It's okay to toot your own horn once in a while but I have a problem with people need to always remind others how great they are.

12:04 AM, January 29, 2006  

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