Kanye West’s music doesn’t make up for his attitude

Despite the fact that he's talented, West is too rude and egotistical to ignore

Sarah Myers, JagWire editor-in-chief

I’ve never been a fan of Kanye West. As a Taylor Swift fan of 10 years, it shouldn’t be surprising that in 2009, after West infamously interrupted Swift during her best female video acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards, I became vocal in my dislike toward West. But, while this dislike began as a product of my love for Swift, it has since grown into a judgement of West’s overall character, and not just from one incident.  

Here’s my biggest issue with Kanye West: His ego consumes him. Literally, it cooked him on the skillet and had him for dinner. I know there are a lot of people who would say that this is actually the case with Swift, but I politely disagree. While I do agree that her ego has grown slightly since she began in the music industry, it is nowhere near the size of West’s, and it is far from being out of hand. Why? Swift is modest with her words, unlike West, who takes every chance he can to proclaim his own greatness to the world.

I’m not going to deny that West is talented. Even as someone who is not typically a rap fan, I’ve found myself listening to his music from time to time and enjoying it. For this reason, I do respect him (most of the time) from a musical standpoint.

His ego is what often gets in the way. Egos drive me insane. Even when I’m listening to his music, I have to ignore who it is I’m actually listening to. West has continually called himself the “greatest artist of all time,” comparing himself to artists like Pablo Picasso and Michelangelo, and even God. (He actually wrote a song called “I Am a God.”)

What’s more is, this ego leaves him feeling entitled to every award he can find. When he doesn’t win said awards, he goes off on rants and whines about how confused he is that someone recognized someone else over his greatness (you know, because he’s the “greatest artist of all time.”) Just days before this year’s Grammy awards, in fact, he tweeted that he wasn’t going to attend unless they promised him Album of the Year, which he wasn’t even nominated for.  

Not only does he feel entitled to awards, though, but he has also started feeling like, because he is so incredible, every person of power will surely come rushing to help him with whatever he needs at the push of a button. He even took to Twitter recently, calling out Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg to invest $1 billion into his ideas because he needs money.

So no, I’m not going to appreciate West just because he’s talented. I appreciate some of his music, yes, but being a good artist doesn’t make up for continually treating people badly, thinking you’re a god and whining every time you don’t get an award you thought you deserved. Not in my book, anyway.

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