Kanye Omari West is quite possibly the most innovative, creative, introspective and honest rapper to ever bless a microphone. He’s changed the sound of rap twice- first by introducing sped-up soul and R&B samples over neo-soul, African inspired drumbeats on College Dropout and then, fusing elements of trap music, EDM and electro-funk together while bearing his soul in an Auto-tuned wail during 808s & Heartbreaks. He is also, a human display of flaws- in his raps, he’ll intentionally misprounouce words to make them rhyme, the lyrical version of putting a square peg in a round hole. Mr. West has always considered himself to be a misunderstood genius, often comparing himself to similar creatives like Steve Jobs, Howard Hughes and Walt Disney and others. The culture lives for his music, his in-concert rants and especially his Twitter account, from which he gives his unfiltered takes and shares his inner-most thoughts with the social media world. There may not be a more polarizing figure in music today than the man who calls himself “Martin Louis the King, Jr.”
He’s also a White supremacist.
White supremacy at its foundation is conceptualized as a belief that one’s non-melinated characterization classifies them as superior to minorities. That feeling of superiority develops a sense of confidence and intelligence that projects an image to make others who are not a part of the supreme group feel inferior, unworthy and less than. Supremacists will only surround themselves with either like-minded individuals or those who they’ve convinced need to emulate the supremacists in order to gain acceptance. What gets lost in the notion of White supremacy is that the developed feeling of superiority is a false confidence, built on a shaky foundation. Supremacists have to project an image of power and dominance on the outside, but are deeply insecure and afraid on the inside. Supremacists will often align themselves with people viewed by the public as powerful and influential, utilizing their platform to legitimize their claims of superiority and to support their own public image being portrayed.
This is why Kanye West is a White supremacist.
He secludes himself during the creative process, surrounded by artists and producers who are essentially fans of his and impressed by his talents and abilties. When he sounded off on TMZ and gave his grossly incorrect and un-intelligent take on “400 years of slavery” seeming to be “a choice,” for Black people, he said it with such confidence and conviction. His expression of love for the historically bigoted Donald Trump was his attempt to align himself with someone he connected with on a personal level, despite the fact that Trump represents an agenda to disenfranchise people that look more like Kanye. His obsession with being compared to the greatest creatives of all time and his repeated attempts at being accepted by the notoriously racist fashion industry are just a few instances of Kanye’s deep-rooted insecurities on display. Remember when he would routinely insult the Grammy’s and the VMA’s when they didn’t award his music? Classic display of projecting fear and insecurity under the guise of supremacy by belittling those institutions as unworthy of his presence. Kanye views himself and his ideas as superior to everyone else, simply because they aren’t Kanye.
But maybe Kanye isn’t a White supremacist.
Maybe Kanye is a victim of his own personal flaws, faults and shortcomings. Maybe he thought achieving critical acclaim, fame and riches would correct those flaws, shore up those faults and level out his shortcomings. Maybe he got wrapped up in material things, thinking it would alter his perception. Maybe he has forgotten that our society views him as Kanye the dope musician, which is way different than how they view the rest of us Black folks. Maybe he really is, as Barack Obama referred to him as, a jackass. And maybe- just maybe, he could have very well harbored so much resentment, frustration and anger towards not being universally loved and understood that it’s now manifested itself into this current version of Kanye.
Either way, he's gotten our attention; this whole ordeal has sparked numerous conversations on several difference topics and will inspire debate on social media and in personal circles for weeks to come. And that's exactly Kanye's goal- get us talking about him in any capacity, which sets the stage for his upcoming album to be consumed by a gigantic audience and line his pockets, once again. Dammit Kanye, you trolled everybody real good this time.
Just like a White supremacist.