Kanye West as MLK in “The Devil Wears Louis”

“Due to what has happened so severely when the red shoes hit the runway, I was forced to change my name to Martin Louis the King, jr. Address me as such.”Kanye West, video blog

I’ve come to accept that rappa-ternt-fashionista Kanye West has a very strange of humor, a derivative of his self-absorbed nature. Of this we’re all aware, so perhaps we should grade his buffoonery on a curve. However, likening the fruits of his design work to the efforts of Dr. Martin Luther King, jr.–who’d likely be opposed to the green-eyed monster that has consumed Mr. West–is some astonishingly ignorant shit.

[Blogger's Note: I just watched Cookin' With Coolio (the scrimp episode) and it doesn't hurt nearly as bad after this.]

I first watched this clip in the presence of a white man. In an anxious combination of disappointment and pure bewilderment, he told me that he was going to file a motion to take our short-ass Black History Month away. Clearly we don’t deserve it anymore if on the heels of the illest MLK weekend evarr and a significant partial realization of his dream, we can still compare Dr. King’s life and work to… a shoe design.

A lazy-ass shoe design, at that.

When Yeezy does something for black people other than direct them to a new ass-ignorant portal in which to funnel their non-existent money, he can come back and we’ll talk about giving him a civil rights pioneer’s moniker.

As I tweeted yesterday, I don’t got anything for the sneakerphile crowd. If Kanye’s the Louis Vuitton Don, then Ronnie’s the New Balance Talent. With that said, my uncle came out of prison after doing a 12-year stretch, and I swear he showed up at my mom’s house wearing the same Sergio Tacchini jacket I’d always associated him with and shoes bearing the very design Kanye is so proud to display, that he’s now the MLK of kicks.

He had a dream that one day this nation would rise up and live out the content of its creed. That little black boys and little black girls could save their pittance to purchase devil-red Louies and be fly right along side the whites. That our only Louis representation wouldn’t have to be fraudulent. That… Ah, you get the point.

My confusion comes in the egregiousness of the name association. With all the damn Louies we have to choose from, why even put MLK’s name in it? Kanye could have had his choice of Louis Vuitton Gossett, Julia Louis-Vuitton Dreyfus, Rafer Skip-to-my-Loius Alston without penalty. Louis Armstrong might even bellow a throaty, improvised medley about the new devil-red Vuitton sneaker. Martin Luther King would probably look at it and shake his head.

“Oh, snap! A Louis Vuitton tennis shoe! What will they think of next?”

Immediately followed by:

“I really should have approval over this kind of thing.”

From the onset of Kanye’s suggestion that he’d like to intern at Louis Vuitton, I had a feeling his ego wouldn’t allow him to stay in his proverbial lane with the rest of the kids who aren’t yet done with college.

LV Internship Day One:

During orientation Kanye makes known that he is not to be addressed, touched or made eye contact with by any of the other interns. He asserts that by week’s end, the design he’s been contemplating for all of 12 days will not only be on shelves, but the highest selling piece of merchandise in Louis Vuitton’s history. At lunch hour, Kanye disappears into Ray Ray DeWitt’s car and does not return for the day.

Day Two:

Kanye does not report to assignment.

Day Three:

(See: Day Two)

Day Four:

Kanye arrives at offices around 3:30pm and backhands a fellow intern for saying “Hello.” Without breaking stride, Kanye asks his project director why the shoe design he left in red and black Crayola hasn’t been manufactured and sold yet. After explaining that he’d been at the Louis Vuitton store the past three days waiting for the red shoe to shelf, Kanye has finally had enough. He violently clears the desks around him and threatens more damage if he’s not immediately allowed to speak with “Louis.” Once West is informed that Vuitton had been dead more than a century, he makes creepy claims that he is now “Martin Louis the King” and will oversee all production and personnel decisions going forward.

…and here you have the ugly-ass retro kick with the LV logo Kanye West boasts about today.

Questions? Comments? Requests? Was I even [Glenn] close to what you’d imagine a Kanye internship to be like? ron@ronmexicocity.com

P.S.: Don’t nann nigga call Kanye “Louis Vuitton Don” but Kanye.

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  • Jhon da Analyst

    Kanye needs help……..really. I would joke on this clown till he finally takes a piece of humble pie.

  • FlapJack

    I would not want to be the one who has to tell Martin Louis the King, jr they don’t want his 80s-Travolta looking ass around their designs.

    They can’t even have rappers in there, it’s too nice..


    martin louis the king jr wtf this clown need to go to rehab just cause. also them sneakers look like crap but i know at least 3 people who going be trying to get them joints the day they drop.

    • Hate Hate and more Hate

      ^^^^ You know 3 faggots, you want a cookie or something?

      • BIGNAT

        ^^^^^^ now i know 4

  • FlapJack

    The Air Yeezy looks crazy nice though

  • Dub Sac

    Maybe I’m missing some nuances of Kanye’s behavior, but I think your dramatization is pretty spot on. And goddamn hilarious.

    And I pray to god that “the New Balance Talent” sticks because that shit had me rolling!

  • El Tico Loco

    I already see a possible conflict of interest between Nike and LV,if they really are sponsoring Kanye’s pansy pastel wearin ass.

  • http://hiphoponmymind.blogspot.com DJ Daddy Mack


  • http://brillianceisproper.blogspot.com Brilliance Proper

    Kanye West (he ain’t king of shit to me) is the new equivalent of the National Enquirer. Even if you try to parody him it’s more than likely that it’ll happen for real if it hasn’t already. I can HONESTLY see that intern scenario having happened a couple of weeks ago. He’s officially fallen off of the deep end.

  • anutha_level

    fudge-packin tuff guy eh?

  • j.calderon

    The devil wears prada reference works on so many levels. Golf clap for that one.

    • http://www.ronmexicocity.com Ron Mexico

      thank you, calderon. i appreciate that.

      you wouldn’t happen to be the point guard on my favorite [fantasy] team without doubt, would you?

      • Pierzy

        How great would it be if Jose Calderon reads and comments on Ron Mexico’s posts before a game?

  • paychexx

    kanye is winning becuz people are paying attention to him. now a nigga like me would never wear such high price bullshit, but if a nigga can go up in lv( we know they dont like niggas) and make a shoe and get paid for it? im with it, yeezy is just hustlin, he not afraid of what it takes, he still rap about nigga shit, but he fuckin these muthafuckas, think about it.

    • Oneofthemyo’s

      I dont fuck with kanye of his fuckery like that…but u make a good point.

  • $ykotic

    Dem skippies this feminine dude made remind me of Troops.

  • amar

    wtf is this pocket square shit? this better not catch on like those damn patterned purple fag-scarf-danas…

    if i see some asshole on america’s best dance crew wearing a pocket square with their ed hardy shirt, i’m gonna flip out

  • Detroit P

    I think you read too much into that quote….you tryin too hard homie…although one could argue that you’re not trying hard enough

    • http://www.ronmexicocity.com Ron Mexico

      they could. always open to discussion.

  • giantstepp

    Im sick of this fool. Bitch ass nigga lets 50 clown him and calls him faggot for over a year w/out a word back but “he was my favorite rapper”. Negro Please! We dont believe you (yall know the rest)! I aint advocating the tuff guy role, but stand the fuck up for yourself Nigga! Mex, stay getting at this arrogant sonofabitch! He needs a lesson in humility.

  • c b w

    This nigga is quickly losing his mind. The next thing you know he’ll add a pump (a la Reebok) on the front and add a 3 inch heel. He went from walking to sashaying with Jesus.

  • Oneofthemyo’s

    “I really should have approval over this kind of thing.”smh, I caught that B.Dock reference and that shit is so true right about now even obama and che might be saying that with these shirts going around.

  • Worley

    “He violently clears the desks around him and threatens more damage…” Hilarious.

    Those LV kicks look like some knock off Reebok low tops from back in the day. Besides, when is the last time you seen a n*gga wearing bright red kicks? Some ’86 Filas maybe.

  • Avenger XL

    Man come on ya’ll know the bizness with Ye.

    1.Of course he let’s 50 clown him and call him faggot for over a year. First off it takes one to know one right 50 (we know Yayo is yo prison boo) (PAUSE!). Not to mention Kanye is made out of milk box material so he isn’t the type of dude that is going to respond for fear of getting his Louie ASS BEAT.
    2. Kanye is not a great rapper/emcee. He is a good great producer who happens to rap and stikes a chord with his heart felt subjects and how well they mesh with his overall great sound scapes (of course Sans 808 and shit sandwhich)
    3. Kanye is always making the cardinal mistake behind so many epic fails. He is surrounded by yes men that won’t tell him anything even if they could.
    4. Dude believes his own hype. News flash Ye you are the biggest fluke ever. Jay-Z never expected you to blow infact he hoped this love to go to his long time rap student Memph Weak. But it wasn’t to be so you filled the gap that was missing in hip-hop during the bling era (i.e. some conscious thought). Don’t blow your luck steak by thinking you are bigger than what you created.

  • DV8

    P.S.: Don’t nann nigga call Kanye “Louis Vuitton Don” but Kanye.

    ^^^^^^^except Terrance and Rocsi