This week, Kanye West had an in-depth interview with the New York Times’ Jon Caramanica. We learned a lot of things from their conversation, especially the moment when he developed his artistic style and songwriting. He credited dead prez, who are known to have powerful messages behind their music.
“That’s how I discovered my style. I was just hanging out with them all the time in New York,” he said. “I would produce for them. You know, I was able to slip past everything with a pink polo, but I am dead prez. And now, because I was able to slip past, I have a responsibility at all times.”
Stic. Man reacted to ‘Ye’s comments in a lengthy post on his Facebook page. He complemented ‘Ye on his ablity to take certain aspects of other artists to mold himself better. He also thanked him for the acknowledgement. Check it out below.
I enjoyed the time we spent being around Kanye. I thought he was a brilliant visionary in terms of producing and creative ideas. I think he relates to much of our messages cause of the truth that resonates but I also think he was privy to see things from the Rockefeller side in a way that showed him how to make money and stimulate mass interest in his work. I think he is so talented and that is the true source of his appeal. But I also feel in my opinion, that he like many artists felt they had to make certain choices to be successful within the rules of the Game.
I think Ye studies the dynamics of life an uses it to his advantage for marketing. He looks at contradiction as the way things really are. He doesn’t want to fit in any one sided box. I think for him he has found his lane which blends a lot of points of view that are often polarized but with ye’s art it becomes one. We all learn from one another. Brothers is out here trying to make an impact take care of their families and be relevant. Everybody don’t agree on everything but at the end of the day I can understand how these artists are making their decisions and I think Ye offers a great deal of value to hip hop… Even if he don’t sit right in some folks expectations. I relate to his contradictions. I get it. He’s being what he feels is what he needs to be to be Kanye. I respect his honesty and skills and am honored for the acknowledgement.
I don’t encourage no one to be like dead prez. I say find your own expression and make it count. We don’t have all the answers. We got plenty room to learn an grow just like Ye and everyone else does.
I think he is sincere in his embracing of some of dead prez perspective and juxtaposing it with the other stuff he is popular for. I think that is genuine for him.
Life isn’t one sided.
If you can dig it great if not thats cool too.
I’m just happy a young brother from Chicago like Ye is alive and breathing and being creative and provocative and inspiring. We gotta stop looking for artists to be our saviors and get to work on what we believe is necessary ourselves. Call us out if u feel we need it.
But definitely realize we all just have to play our part the best we know how.
I’m looking forward to hearing the record and going running listening to it. And when I see Ye imma give him a big pound and hug for the shout out.