Is Kanye West setting himself up for failure?

The announcement, yesterday, that Kanye West is pushing up the release date for 808s and Heartbreak from December 16th to “November something” has got me wondering if he isn’t setting himself up for a huge miserable failure, and if his label is actually gonna let him go through with it.

First of all, I found it odd that the announcement that the release date has been changed was made through his blog, almost as if he just up and decided that he wanted his album to come out a month earlier than had been originally planned, and told whoever it is that updates his blog to announce that shit.

As far as I know, there’s yet to be any official statement from his label that this is really the case. But then, as pointed out in the news item yesterday re: 808s’ new release date over at MTV, it’s not like they ever really announced that the album was gonna come out December 16th. Some stan just saw that date listed on the website for motherfucking Tar-jay.

It makes you wonder to what extent Def Jam is actually involved in putting together and marketing its releases, and, in a larger sense, what the fuck it is that people who work for record labels even do. Are there actual meetings, in which it’s decided which albums the label’s gonna release, when they’re gonna come out, and how they’re gonna be promoted – or do the artists pretty much have free reign to do whatever they want?

Based on my own admittedly rather limited experience in dealing with these labels, I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s the latter.

For example, if I had a dime for every time I saw a new video by an artist posted on one of these blogs that post a lot of videos, and then the next day or whatever I received an email from douche alerting me that said artist has a new video out, I’d have upwards of a hundred dollars. It’s almost as if these labels have to check the blogs to see if their artists have any new material to promote.

And as I was getting at in my story the other day about the new Busta Rhymes record, “Arab Money,” there’s also these situations where the label has to go in and censor the artist after the fact. Like when the first single from the new Nas album had the word kike in its chorus, and then it somehow ended up not being on the album. Hmm…

These labels might seriously want to see about bringing me on as a management consultant. Something tells me there’s a lot of people in the Def Jam building who wouldn’t otherwise be talented enough to be the nightside assistant manager at a Taco Bell. These people obviously need to be let go. I could help identify them, and I wouldn’t charge any more than it would cost to bring me out to New York.

Doug Morris, holler at your boy.

Anyhoo, as I was saying, there’s clearly a lack of oversight with these labels. The thing is, you wouldn’t even expect this to be an issue with a guy like Kanye West. I mean, his last album sold something like a million copies its first week out. How bad could its followup possibly do? I could see the decision to want to give him more or less free reign, even if he didn’t already have it due to utter mismanagement.

That is, if it wasn’t for “Love Lockdown.” Regardless of what you think about that song – I know some of you fruits have been trying hard to convince yourselves that you like it – the fact of the matter is that even Kanye himself has acknowledged that it wasn’t right, by going back and rerecording it. And you have to think: If Kanye West couldn’t tell if the single was right before he decided to throw it up on his blog, what’s there to say the album isn’t gonna end up being just as much of a clusterfuck?

  • king blair

    kanye let them faggy ass skinny jeans cut off the circulation to his brain

  • these posts are racist

    Hater. Chicago, stand up. Kanye will hit his fourth homerun with this one.

    Honestly, Chicago is the greatest Hip Hop City…we’ve managed to have a sound that blends with all the “coasts” and have consistently put out great music – not to mention one of the greatest rappers ever, my dear friend Mr. Kanye West.

    Byron – Shoot for the stars, so if you fall you land on the clouds…don’t hate.

    • EReal

      Wow, you’re really really gay.

  • these posts are racist

    Hater. Chicago, stand up. Kanye will hit his fourth homerun with this one.

    Honestly, Chicago is the greatest Hip Hop City…we’ve managed to have a sound that blends with all the “coasts” and have consistently put out great music – not to mention one of the greatest rappers ever, my dear friend Mr. Kanye West.

    Byron – Shoot for the stars, so if you fall you land on the clouds…don’t hate././.

    • EReal

      Wow, you’re really really gay, AGAIN.

    • EReal

      Wow, you’re really really really gay! A/G/A/I/N!

  • Justice4all

    Yo Bol, tell dem fools up there in tech ops to cancel out the caps on the site dude, I’ve had to flush my eyes twice today from looking at this mess. I feel like i’m in kindercare or something.

  • Justice4all

    Yo Bol, tell dem fools up there in tech ops to cancel out the caps on the site dude, I’ve had to flush my eyes twice today from looking at this mess. I feel like i’m in kindercare or something…

  • Justice4all

    Yo Bol, tell dem fools up there in tech ops to cancel out the caps on the site dude, I’ve had to flush my eyes twice today from looking at this mess. I feel like i’m in kindercare or something… Yeah

  • og bobby j

    Kanye West might be the second most overrated rapper of all time, second only to his fellow t-pain nuthugger lil wayne.

    Seriously…how can someone listen to kanye west have the nerve to say he is good with a straight face? Has the definition of good rappers fallen that far?

    @TPAR
    “not to mention one of the greatest rappers ever”…son isnt even the best rapper in his own city….let alone ever. (LUPE)

    I love Kanye as a producer….but his mic skills put him no where near the top of the rap game…

    seriously….

    not hating…his albums are good for what they are….but a good rapper he will never be….”like doritos thats Not’yo cheese”

    • DevoG

      You tripping bruh! How can you say with a straight face that he is not good(no stan). “One of the best ever”? Don’t know about that. Top 10? Don’t know about that one either. But to say the man is not a good M.C. is just crazy. Ex.) The Air Force One tribute song “Classic”. Dude held his own with 3 of the best to ever bless a mic; Nas, Rakim, and KRS-One. Furthermore, when was the last time he got bodied on a track. Hell, I will go out on a limb and say that I can’t think of too many producers who have crossed over and become an MC that are better.

      • Og Bobby J

        I will give you the producer turnt rapper title….cause the swizz beats and timbaland’s do not qualify due to horrificness. I would say DRE all day, but he dont write his shit.

        The last time he got bodied on a track would be “swagger like us”….”hows it feel to wake up and be the shit and the urine”….ASS!!!

        he has a few lines, on occassion….but he has some fo real corny lines as well (Never seen snakes on a plane)….

        I do not doubt his talent in music overall…but he is definately not a top notch MC.

        Oh yea, the diamnonds remix…Jay murked him on that as well.

        Just my opinion…stay behind the boards.

        • DevoG

          Good point. I wasn’t even counting Jay. Big Brother automatically eliminated him.

  • geico lizard

    50 cent will drop around the same time as kanye if he moves it up so the disses will start up again when 50 drops his first single. you are right about that nas hook Bol because jews dont play that and nas knew that.

  • blackcaesar

    I already said bol was a suspect homo type dude and a hater. obviously i am not the only one who thinks so…. TPAR im glad you got love for your city and all but please don’t say you got the best rappers all around they definitely are bringing good music. but if you count good rappers like rhymefest(aka kanye’s mouthpiece) and lupe you gotta factor in wack muafuckas like duden’em and kid sister. which brings the property value waaaay back to reality somewhere in the middle. oh and bobby(u can say what u want but a g U NOt! LOL) ima call u what ur mom calls you when she calls u in for sunny d and asparagus spears snacks! How could you be a hip hop head and say lupe is the best ever rapper from the chi what about crucial conflict, do or die, twista, and if u just tryna stay positive common. they been wreckin’ since day one get ya facts straight patna! but yeah kanye is still not one of those the college dropout was pretty dope but i don’t know which direction he has been tryin to go in lately he doesn’t know if he wants to be kanye the image or kanye jay-z’s producer. im waitin for him to make some G.O.O.D. music cuz he might have graduated but if im taking applications his resume aint solid enough to get a “GOOD ASS JOB” right now cuz none of the cuts on graduation was really hip hop. check youtube vh1 hip hop honors 2007 KRs One talkin’ bout the 50 vs. Kanye thing.

    “One Love to the Game, No Love to the Lames.”-O.F.E.

    • og bobby j

      and a G of your calibur I will never be…Black ceaser wrap.

      Ima call you what your mother calls you when she needs another pack of newports or sugar for the Kool-aid. Dont know why you wanted to take it there….

      I will be the first to admit that my knowledge of the chicago hip hop scene is limited…i really dont need more muslim nfused Lupe or barely listenable twista.

      I think Kanye is a great producer and musical talent…just a sub par rapper.

      • blackcaesar

        I really don’t understand you robert. yes i took it there. how can you claim to understand a culture and genre of music that originated with black and latino youth, and be such a blatant racist? I am really not expecting an answer or at least a logical one. I only put you on front street because I have seen your work before and I know how you get down. no wonder dude named himself tpar prolly because he saw this 14 or 15 year old white kid on here sayin’ the n word and spittin’ racists statements because you know you won’t see a “real” black person for weeks at a time. Maybe more. Thank god for the internet I guess.

        Being a bigot or hypocrite is never gonna be in style-O.F.E.

  • capcobra

    kanye gon make another classic…no doubt..he delivers when he step up to bat…you’d be stupid to bet against him..he passionate about this shit…..but remember…queens make kings…i repeat…queens make kings…fuck what hood or boro you from….q.u.is the best…let’s roll call thru history….run dmc.salt n pepa kid n play g.rap.nas.50.tribe.onyx.cnn.lost boyz.cool j.beatnuts.pharoah monch.mobb.extra p.kwame.craig g.shante.sweet tee.lloyd banks.clue….if you need more names let me know…..not to mention…the godfather russell simmons himself…if it wasn’t for him..niguz would still be in the park rapping…dressing like rick james and shit…fuck outta here!…queens reign supreme…always!…..respect that!….tpar=that post almost right…lol

  • Pierzy

    This is why mixtapes are often what the artists really want to do because they don’t have to worry about the label or clearances or anything like that…

  • giantstepp

    Kanye makes good music but hes an arrogant FAG!

  • DevoG

    I guess Ye can’t win on this blog either way. Last week Bol did a post questioning whether or not Kanye was setting himself for failure for having his album come out around the same time as Jay’s, and was he keep the best beats for himself or give them to Jay. Now the record gets moved up and you still got a negative opinion. Sounds like hate.

  • OG Matt Herbz

    Shit, Kanye put himself up for failure when he went into an interview thinking to himself how he’s going to defend homosexuality in hip-hop. I been lookin at dude with a crooked eye since…

    Kanye stay gay. Just like Lil’ Wayne.

    –OG Matt Herbz–