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Saturday, September 03, 2005

Kanye West, the man, the myth, the man who blatantly called out "W"

For those of you who do not know who Kanye West is, well you have probably have been living under a rock the past two years. He has had his hand in almost every hip-hop hit to become hot since his first album College Dropout dropped on Febuary '04, with his second album Late Registration released on Aug.30. Although he may not be my favorite hip-hop artist by far I cannot denie that as a producer he is up there with the likes of Prince Paul and The Neptunes. His catchy hooks and his "groomed but still rough" look has helped add to his sucess. I am not writing this post as a hype for the man, but rather writing this because I have a new respect for him for calling out our wonderful president in a live NBC concert on friday to raise funds for Katrina.

  • Full article here

  • "George Bush doesn't care about black people" and said America is set up "to help the poor,the black people, the less well-off as slow as possible."

    "I hate the way they portray us in the media. If you see a black family, it says they're looting. See a white family, it says they're looking for food."

    Keeping in mind that this concert was live and simulcast to all of the NBC affiliates on the east coast and this comment went uncensored until it was taped and re-broadcast on the west coast. He is not alone in thinking that our "rescue" efforts are bullshit. My Aunt Stacy's family who has lived in New Orleans for generations are experiencing this first hand. Both her brother and her sister's houses have been completely destroyed, and her parents were one of the many people who refused to leave and we have not heard from them yet. When her brother and his family were forced to evacuate he only had 2 pairs of shorts and the shoes he was wearing. I really do not like playing the ethnicity card on this one but my family is black and when police and national guardsmen and women are given orders to shoot on sight I have to agree with Kanye in stating that there is going to be a lot of racial profiling and that hurts everyone. And yes, I know New Orleans is built on a delta and the delta has been sinking for over a hundred years, but that does not excuse the government irresponsibility and almost unwillingness to act thoughtfully.

    EDIT: Tuesday Sep. 6th
    I just talked to my dad and My Aunt Stacy's parents are alive. She talked to them on saturday night and they had stayed in their house for 4 days while the strorm was right pummeling their house. They finally came out into chest high water where a helicopter took them to a fairground for evacuees, they were later taken to Austin, Texas. Things like this remind us how precious life is and we should treasure everything we have. All you have to do is tell someone that you love them and remind them how much they mean to you, I think everyone should make time do this.


    • fuck you

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:11 PM  

    • Ok. See what i just did there? I let someone tell me how they feel because I beleive in a thing called free speech. The fact that they censored the whole thing out of the broadcast on the west coast shows how pathetic they are. On top of that they went to a shot of Chris Tucker instead. WTF?

      By Blogger John, at 1:36 PM  

    • Freedom of speech is pointless unless one uses their voice. So, "anonymous", please don't waste space on people's blogs unless you want to actually engage the material.

      By Blogger Infused Confusion, at 9:00 PM  

    • Thanks for finally posting something, John! Welcome back to blog land :)

      By Blogger Infused Confusion, at 9:01 PM  

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      By Blogger Thought Criminal, at 3:03 PM  

    • Wow, Anonymous. You're just full of intelligent insight, aren't you? The next time you have a problem with something someone says, why not tell them what the problem is and attempt to engage in intelligent debate rather than resort to infantile insults?

      Thanks for posting this, John. I posted about Kanye too, along with some other quotes about the situation in New Oreleans and I added a link to this post in my own. There's also a link to a video of Kanye's comments in case anyone wants to see the uncensored version.

      By Blogger Thought Criminal, at 3:30 PM  

    • I'm glad people are so openly critisizing our handling of this disaster. It is fucking ridiculous how slow we are helping people, and also how all of those people are almost all black, disabled, or elderly. Anyone who didn't understand the complexities of race and priveledge before this is getting a real life lesson as we speak. Nice job, George, and the city of New Orleans.

      By Blogger Sara, at 6:47 PM  

    • Good post john.

      Although, i wouldn't characterize anyone not knowing who Kanye West is as "living under a rock the past two years," as I have no idea who this guy is. Good for him, he produces hip-hop albums.

      By Blogger Robin, at 9:56 PM  

    • Robin: I'll tell you a secret if you don't tell anyone else. I've heard West's name and sort of knew he's a rapper, but I didn't really know who he was until a few days ago. But I have a whole lot of respect for him now.

      By Blogger Thought Criminal, at 10:49 PM  

    • On a random note: one of the great things about the video clip of Kanye's comments is the look on Mike Meyer's face. That "Oh shit....keep smiling" look.

      By Blogger Thought Criminal, at 10:50 PM  

    • On your edit:

      The first thing I thought was "Thank Goodness! That's Wonderful!"

      My second thought was, "They got to ride in a helicopter!"


      By Blogger Robin, at 6:25 PM  

    • lol, that is awesome Robin because I thought the same thing.

      By Blogger John, at 6:53 PM  

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