Kanye Krazy | Kyle Kim
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Kanye West’s endless tirade of typo-ridden, social media rantings has seemingly come to an anti-climactic end with the deletion of most of his Kim Kardashian-related posts, as well as a formal apology posted to his page. From posting his badly-cropped, private text messages to a literal Captain America: Civil War meme, his sh*t posting certainly made for an interesting Super Bowl weekend. But why was he doing this in the first place, and what does it mean for his music?
First, here’s some background on his rantings. Following Kim’s filing for divorce in February of 2021, Kanye and Kim began a highly-publicized and drama-filled fallout of their relationship. Soon, Pete Davidson entered into the mix, as Kim’s SNL appearance led to a developing relationship between the two. Of course, Kanye didn’t take this news lightly and subsequently used both newly-released singles and Instagram to spread anti-Pete messaging. He’s also made it abundantly clear that he wants Kim back, and that the division between him and his kids has caused him immeasurable pain.
While heartbreak has fueled the creation of some of Kanye’s best musical works in the past (808s and Heartbreak, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, etc.), his divorce from Kim has not yet proved to be the same. While both Eazy and City of Gods have touched on Pete (“God saved me from that crash, Just so I can beat Pete Davidson’s a**” / “This afternoon, a hundred goons pullin’ up to SNL, When I pull up, it’s dead on arrival”), the songs themselves remain relatively lackluster and uninteresting. The anger and pain of the divorce has not been channeled into pushing the boundaries of hip-hop (808s) or perfecting maximalist production (MBDTF), it’s been placed into childish rants that ruin his personal reputation.
This ranting came to a devastating intersection with his relationships when Kanye called out Kid Cudi for being friends with Pete Davidson. Pete had talked in the past about how Man on the Moon: The End of Day, Cudi’s debut studio album, has saved his life, and they have maintained a strong relationship since. Cudi was quick to respond, calling Kanye a few choice words and telling him that this falling out was for the best. Of course, this massively impacts Kanye’s upcoming album Donda 2, as Cudi’s features and general influence were highlights of previous Kanye albums.
This also leads to the question of whether or not Donda 2 will actually drop on time. If Kanye is spending all of his time sending a truckful of roses to Kim Kardashian for Valentine’s Day, appearing in McDonald’s commercials, and coming up with new nicknames for Pete Davidson (Skete?), how could the album deliver on the promised date? This is a very good question, and one that really only can be answered by time. To describe Kanye as unpredictable would be a vast understatement, and to expect anything at the specified date is a fool’s game.
All in all, Kanye West has repeatedly proven himself, both on and off social media, to be drama-hungry and in need of mental health support. To assume that his most recent social media tirade is anything different from various other interruptions, controversial statements, or one-liners throughout his long history in the limelight is naive. While the effects of this behavior on his music are hard to predict, it's evident that Kanye doesn’t change as quickly as his music.