"Every time I say something that is extremely truthful out loud, it literally breaks the internet, so what are we getting all of the rest of time?" -
This might be the first time I have deemed an A-list celebrity as influential yet extremely misunderstood, and Kanye West is one of them, most definitely. After receiving an honorary doctorate today from The Art Institute of Chicago, Kanye West is again so much more than what meets the eye.
Although I've always been a fan as a fellow Gemini, Kanye West has continually found ways to stay relevant by staying true to himself and all that he believes in. And that is what truly separates him from every artist in music at this moment. Kanye West is not afraid of being afraid. He pushes boundaries, breaks the internet and continuously speaks out even when people don't ask for his opinion.
And you know what? That's what makes him the shit. He finds ways to give to the culture even when others feels like he has lost his mind. That reason being, is the exact reason to why Time has named him one of top 100 most influential individuals.
Kanye West would be the first person to tell you he belongs on this list. The dude doesn’t believe in false modesty, and he shouldn’t. Kanye’s belief in himself and his incredible tenacity—he performed his first single with his jaw wired shut—got him to where he is today. And he fought for his place in the cultural pantheon with a purpose. In his debut album, over a decade ago, Kanye issued what amounted to a social critique and a call to arms (with a beat): “We rappers is role models: we rap, we don’t think.” But Kanye does think. Constantly. About everything. And he wants everybody else to do the same: to engage, question, push boundaries. Now that he’s a pop-culture juggernaut, he has the platform to achieve just that. He’s not afraid of being judged or ridiculed in the process. Kanye’s been playing the long game all along, and we’re only just beginning to see why.
Check out his exclusive interview with Time Magazine right below and pick his brain.