Disastrous—Formal invitation with girlfriend and ex-girlfriend?

Question by Jerry: Disastrous—Formal invitation with girlfriend and ex-girlfriend?
Recently my girlfriend has asked me to invite her to a dinner invitation that my ex-girlfriend and me attend once in a while to chit-chat. The problem is that my ex-girlfriend is more attractive than my girlfriend. What should I do? I am not as embarrass to be with her alone but I am when it comes to introducing her to my ex.
Ps: I am not being shallow… I am saying the truth.

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Answer by LauraLynn
lol. Just be confident. I should knock your ex-girlfriend down to size some. Specially if she has an ego. I’m sure your new girlfriend is attractive, since you ARE dating her. So, have fun with it. It will make the ex even more jealous, just to see you happy.

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Kanye West feels he is the new definition of the “Renaissance Man.” That’s because he’s a genius at music (which is kind of indisputable), and so he’s convinced that he’s also a genius at all these other things. He complains about these famous designers, like Fendi and Hedi Slimane, and these giant corporations, like Nike, not giving him the chance he thinks he deserves. It’s silly because West doesn’t hate corporate America, he just wants access to the party. If West truly hated the mainstream, if he really hated corporations as much as he claims, he wouldn’t be begging them to let him in, he wouldn’t make guaranteed hits like “Mercy” from the Cruel Summer album.
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The group resists definition. "What we’ve come together to do is just an extension of all of our experiences as black men, but we’re not just limited to being black," says Sacha Jenkins, who plays guitar for the group. "I mean, I think our influences aren’t necessarily just black."
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Last year Quentin Tarantino’s movie Django Unchained resurrected a word with a lot of ugly associations. Mandingo is the word we use for a group of people from West Africa who call themselves Mandinka, several hundred thousand of whom were sold into slavery. This year three black musicians have claimed the word for themselves, and they’re dropping their debut album under the name The White Mandingos.

The group resists definition. "What we’ve come together to do is just an extension of all of our experiences as black men, but we’re not just limited to being black," says Sacha Jenkins, who plays guitar for the group. "I mean, I think our influences aren’t necessarily just black."
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Jenkins makes his living as a journalist — over the past 20 years he co-founded ego trip magazine, wrote for Vibe and Rolling Stone, has been the editorial director of Mass Appeal and produced TV series for MTV and VH1. He’s a rookie to the music-making game, but his partners in The White Mandingos are industry veterans. Darryl Jenifer has played bass with D.C. punk band Bad Brains for 30 years and worked with musicians as varied as Jonathan Richman, Lauryn Hill, Ric Ocasek and Lil Jon. LA rapper Nick Carter, who goes by the name Murs, has built his career on the independent hip-hop circuit over the past 15 years.

The album The White Mandingos have made is titled The Ghetto Is Tryna Kill Me. And it could be called rap rock. For some people, that, too, is a disparaging term. "Some people" includes Jenkins.

"I don’t like rap rock at all. Like I hate it. I think it’s — it’s terrible!" But, he says, he knew a collaboration with Jenifer and Murs would be interesting. "It’s really cemented in rock ‘n roll. My passion for rock, his pedigree in rock ‘n roll, but also our love and respect for hip-hop. It’s very rare that you have this kind of combination of a guy who’s really, really a rapper. He’s not some dude who wanted to be a singer, who raps a little bit. Like, this is a dude who has rapped for millions of people and is good at what he does."

Jenkins thinks the group’s album sounds like all of its members’ influences: the hip-hop Jenkins grew up with, the rock he found later and the Caribbean records his mom used to play; the West coast style of storytelling rap Murs knows all about; The Isley Brothers, Led Zeppelin, punk and reggae Jenifer was into.

"We came together without a lot of pretense, and trippin on this and that," says Jenifer. "We just look at each other and do what we do. Which is the beauty of it all."

The White Mandingos came together at Jenifer’s house in Woodstock, where he and Jenkins would hang out and jam. But what they were laying down didn’t really add up to anything until Jenkins thought to call Murs.
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"Once he hit it with the lyrics," says Jenifer, "it opened up. What you thought was an inconsistency, or a mistake, turned out to be the best thing there."

Murs has been performing hip-hop, wearing Basquiat dreads, at punk and rock festivals since the ’90s. He says all three of the musicians have never quite fit in.

"A term I’ve used before is ‘the only’ — when you go to certain things and you’re the only black person there," he says. "When we started talking over the phone, I was like, ‘Well, why don’t we just tell a story about this kid who is from the hood, gets a record deal as a rock artist and — still trying to maintain his roots in his neighborhood, whilst trying to excel in this new world — and the struggles that might came about.’ And that night I just came up with the 10-song outline."

The narrator is named Tyrone White, born 1988 in New York City. And while that makes him much younger than the White Mandingos, Jenkins says his struggles echo their own.

"Darryl has me by a few years. Like, he was a pioneer, in terms of being a black person who was doing things that weren’t traditional. And when I got into all this stuff in the, you know, mid to late-’80s, it was still kind of weird. If you’re a black kid, you’re only supposed to fit in a box. You’re only supposed to like hip-hop. You’re only supposed to like R&B."
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And Murs wanted to talk about interracial relationships.

"Interracial relationships are modern, I think, love songs. And I wanted to tell that story, because that story of black and white people being together is only ‘Ebony and Ivory.’ It’s OK to love someone of another race, but no one actually talks about how weird it is to go to your white girl’s parents house and meet her parents for the first time. And then, how weird it must be for them! And they’re trying to be cool but then they say something awkward, and you don’t want to say anything, cause you’re still a guy trying to impress your girlfriends’ parents — before race."

He says that the music that’s supposed to be talking about what’s happening in his generation is rap — but rap isn’t keeping up.

"A lot of people claim to be progressive," says Murs. "And they make progress — there’s lots of progress being made in mainstream rap, I won’t doubt it — but they still stick to a pop formula. They still make sure it’s mixed by the right person. They still contain a lot of contemporary ideas."

The ideas of the future are facilitated by something no one in The White Mandingos had when they were kids: the Internet. All three of them talk about how much money it used to cost them to venture out, to buy albums by groups they’d never heard of. Today, says Murs, up-and-coming musicians know his music and Jay-Z’s music, and they didn’t have to spend a dime to find it. "They just — YouTube, YouTube, YouTube, YouTube, YouTube. So their influences are vast."

Not only is access to culture cheaper and more convenient than it was in the ’70s and ’80s, many of the next generation of musicians, especially those knocking down the cubicles of genre like Tyler, Earl Sweatshirt and Chance the Rapper, are on a more equal playing field than Murs, Jenkins and Jenifer were.

"You’re dealing with the economic development of the black community," says Murs. "Tyler’s mom is not in the projects. Earl’s mom is very — they come from very intelligent, well-educated families, and now we’re getting very intelligent, well-educated kids with foul mouths. They grew up on No Limit, Cash Money, but they went to private schools and they read a lot." Murs says he was similar, listening to Ice Cube and reading Thomas Pynchon, but he was alone in it.
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Jenifer says what the kids are into always sounds strange to the grownups. "One time my aunt told me she thought I made vulgar music. She thought I almost was making evil music. But I had to tell her that’s almost compared to when the thunder and lightning is clapping, like a little kid will cry, but it’s a glorious event. It’s not a negative event."

Jenkins has been getting clowned for boundary defiance since he was a kid: "When I was riding a skateboard in the ’80s people in my neighborhood threw 40-ounces at me." It still happens: "Daryl, he says that I play like a quote-unquote white boy," says Jenkins. "You talk like one, too," says Murs. "Yeah, OK, I talk like one too." "That shirt’s kinda doing it too," adds Jenifer. "My shirt? My shirt’s making more like a white boy too. Anyway — I’m sorry I don’t have FUBU on." But now everybody’s laughing and nobody’s throwing anything.

The Ghetto Is Tryna Kill Me tells the life story of a fictional character, but it sounds like the life story of three real people. "If it can connect with a kid," says Jenkins, "and it’s not just black kids — I think kids in general are looking for identity. And they’re always looking for people to look to who are confident in who they are. If you listen to the entire record you see the evolution of a person who makes mistakes, who comes from mistakes, who wants to do the right thing — and sometimes does and he doesn’t. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be proud of who you are. That doesn’t mean you can’t go against the grain."
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Here’s the video for "Mandingo Rally" from the White Mandingos, the band had this to say:

"’Mandingo Rally’ is a sonic rally organized by The White Mandingos (AKA Murs, Darryl Jenifer and Sacha Jenkins SHR). Inside of this rally, Cali rap killer Murs (AKA Tyrone White) drops Jewels for you to find. But once you find them, he snatches them right back. Because you have to earn these jewels. Murs rocks like a flamethrower atop a beat sicker than Leather Face. Breezy, Weezy, Jeezy, Cheezy–all of y’all best protect ya neck."

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Directed by: Kellen Dengler
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Question: If a man stood in the center of a crowd, yelling absolute truths about the world, and everyone in the crowd pointed and laughed at this man, should he be considered genius? Or is everyone around him apathetic and dumb?

Following what seems like a real feud between Kanye West and Jimmy Kimmel, which resulted in Kanye’s stan army yet again defending the man against the rest of America, that question feels more appropriate than ever. It all started with BBC Radio One’s Zane Lowe interviewing Kanye West, an act that seems more and more like a cultural event with each new interview. Kanye is great as he’s ever been in the interview, speaking on music’s downward trend and its place within the art community; the making of and cultural and critical reception to his new album Yeezus; the inherent problems with capitalism and corporate America; but then Kanye West begins speaking on fashion and his rhetoric turns to rant.

“Where is the culture at?” West starts, later adding, “ me and Virgil are in Rome giving designs to Fendi over and over and gettin’ our designs knocked down. Brought the leather jogging pants six years ago to Fendi, and they said no. How many mother****ers you done seen with a leather jogging pants?”

React how you will, but Jimmy Kimmel, in his continuation as America’s greatest troll-master, perverts West’s interview and recreates the interview with children reciting quotes from the transcript. It’s a brilliant bit as there’s no better way to mock someone acting like a child than to have an actual child act like that person. Predictably, West retorted and ranted on Twitter about how his interview was the “first piece of honest media in years,” posting about how Sarah Silverman, Kimmel’s ex, is funnier than him and posting about how Kimmel has never received good…we’ll say sex for PG purposes. (Interestingly enough, these Tweets have since been deleted.)

Kimmel responded on air, by simply reading these Tweets to his audience, which is predisposed to believe Kanye is crazy, and signing the bit off saying, “Thank you, Kanye. I appreciate it.” Let’s break this down to who’s right and wrong, because nothing is ever simple when it comes to Kanye West.

The biggest problem with this “feud” is that Kanye West broke the No. 1 celebrity rule when dealing with comedians: Never enter a public fight with them because they will always win. A comedian’s job is to make fun of someone, to mock them in a public sphere, and if you have anything negative to say about them, they will probably say it first and funnier. This is why Kimmel literally thanks Kanye on-air, he knows he will win and gain attention in the process.

The other problem is that most of America will never like Kanye for what he said about George Bush, for the Taylor Swift incident, for throwing the double-bird to white America on Watch the Throne. Hell, even the President of the United States, Barack Obama, called him a “jackass.” My parents (and probably most parents) hate Kanye West because of all of that and the fact that most mainstream media only covers him when he does something reactionary or incendiary.

So Kanye West is fighting a battle he’s not supposed to or going to win, but is fighting based on his rather large ego, which is what got him in trouble in the first place. Most of what West says in the BBC interview is genius, but whenever he talks about fashion, he sounds like the kid complaining to his mom because his brother won’t let him play too. West believes because he’s as famous and successful as he is that the fashion world should simply accept, listen and praise his ideas.

Kanye West feels he is the new definition of the “Renaissance Man.” That’s because he’s a genius at music (which is kind of indisputable), and so he’s convinced that he’s also a genius at all these other things. He complains about these famous designers, like Fendi and Hedi Slimane, and these giant corporations, like Nike, not giving him the chance he thinks he deserves. It’s silly because West doesn’t hate corporate America, he just wants access to the party. If West truly hated the mainstream, if he really hated corporations as much as he claims, he wouldn’t be begging them to let him in, he wouldn’t make guaranteed hits like “Mercy” from the Cruel Summer album.

This is what Kimmel is mocking, because most celebrities (including West) inherently understand the insidious nature of mainstream capitalism in America: Anything that attempts to subvert culture will temporarily work, but the tentacles of capitalism will eventually grab hold and make a profit from it. Look at rap, or better yet, read what West says: “Rap the new rock n’ roll! We culture! Rap is the new rock n’ roll! We the rock stars!” later claiming he’s the biggest rock star.

He’s right. With the exception of generic pop music, no other genre in America is more popular than rap music. It used to be something white, middle-class kids like myself weren’t supposed to listen to, it was something we should fear in the days of N.W.A. and Public Enemy, back in the days most rap had something to say. Now it’s on the radio, in the clubs, at sporting events, Jay Z is touring with Justin Timberlake, an event unbelievable 15 years ago. Capitalism and the willingness of other rappers to sell out did all of that.

West alludes to all of that throughout the interview, calling trap music “commercialized,” which it is, and that “rappers is the new R&B n****s” (e.g. Drake, Future, Wale, J. Cole). Where we run into trouble as a culture is because West said one—okay, a lot of ridiculous things, we dismiss everything else he says. We want to paint him black and white, he’s either a lunatic or a genius for many, and nobody wants to classify him in all of his wonderful shades of gray.

Kanye West asks in the BBC interview, “It’s funny, you drive in a Maybach past a homeless person and you ask, ‘who’s more free?’ You can be trapped to your possessions.” It’s one of the more provocative, illuminating questions asked in years on a national stage, but we want to castigate him because West acts like a child for 10 minutes of an hour-long interview. However, West makes his own bed, because, although he has something important to say, he continues to allow people to paint him in that light with these stupid public feuds he will never win. Jimmy Kimmel is slightly to blame for feeding it, but then again, Kimmel is the best public figure at pointing to America’s absurdity and the idiocy of American Exceptionalism. (See Kimmel trolling the Internet when he planted the fake twerking fail video.)

In the end, Kanye West wants to be a visionary without the costs that such a reputation entails. He still wants everyone to like him, but that’s not how it works. As frustrated as he might be, he needs to learn how to play the game if he wants his vision to succeed.

After all, what good are the words of a genius if nobody’s listening?
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Kanye West feels he is the new definition of the “Renaissance Man.” That’s because he’s a genius at music (which is kind of indisputable), and so he’s convinced that he’s also a genius at all these other things. He complains about these famous designers, like Fendi and Hedi Slimane, and these giant corporations, like Nike, not giving him the chance he thinks he deserves. It’s silly because West doesn’t hate corporate America, he just wants access to the party. If West truly hated the mainstream, if he really hated corporations as much as he claims, he wouldn’t be begging them to let him in, he wouldn’t make guaranteed hits like “Mercy” from the Cruel Summer album.
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The group resists definition. "What we’ve come together to do is just an extension of all of our experiences as black men, but we’re not just limited to being black," says Sacha Jenkins, who plays guitar for the group. "I mean, I think our influences aren’t necessarily just black."
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Last year Quentin Tarantino’s movie Django Unchained resurrected a word with a lot of ugly associations. Mandingo is the word we use for a group of people from West Africa who call themselves Mandinka, several hundred thousand of whom were sold into slavery. This year three black musicians have claimed the word for themselves, and they’re dropping their debut album under the name The White Mandingos.

The group resists definition. "What we’ve come together to do is just an extension of all of our experiences as black men, but we’re not just limited to being black," says Sacha Jenkins, who plays guitar for the group. "I mean, I think our influences aren’t necessarily just black."
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Jenkins makes his living as a journalist — over the past 20 years he co-founded ego trip magazine, wrote for Vibe and Rolling Stone, has been the editorial director of Mass Appeal and produced TV series for MTV and VH1. He’s a rookie to the music-making game, but his partners in The White Mandingos are industry veterans. Darryl Jenifer has played bass with D.C. punk band Bad Brains for 30 years and worked with musicians as varied as Jonathan Richman, Lauryn Hill, Ric Ocasek and Lil Jon. LA rapper Nick Carter, who goes by the name Murs, has built his career on the independent hip-hop circuit over the past 15 years.

The album The White Mandingos have made is titled The Ghetto Is Tryna Kill Me. And it could be called rap rock. For some people, that, too, is a disparaging term. "Some people" includes Jenkins.

"I don’t like rap rock at all. Like I hate it. I think it’s — it’s terrible!" But, he says, he knew a collaboration with Jenifer and Murs would be interesting. "It’s really cemented in rock ‘n roll. My passion for rock, his pedigree in rock ‘n roll, but also our love and respect for hip-hop. It’s very rare that you have this kind of combination of a guy who’s really, really a rapper. He’s not some dude who wanted to be a singer, who raps a little bit. Like, this is a dude who has rapped for millions of people and is good at what he does."

Jenkins thinks the group’s album sounds like all of its members’ influences: the hip-hop Jenkins grew up with, the rock he found later and the Caribbean records his mom used to play; the West coast style of storytelling rap Murs knows all about; The Isley Brothers, Led Zeppelin, punk and reggae Jenifer was into.

"We came together without a lot of pretense, and trippin on this and that," says Jenifer. "We just look at each other and do what we do. Which is the beauty of it all."

The White Mandingos came together at Jenifer’s house in Woodstock, where he and Jenkins would hang out and jam. But what they were laying down didn’t really add up to anything until Jenkins thought to call Murs.
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"Once he hit it with the lyrics," says Jenifer, "it opened up. What you thought was an inconsistency, or a mistake, turned out to be the best thing there."

Murs has been performing hip-hop, wearing Basquiat dreads, at punk and rock festivals since the ’90s. He says all three of the musicians have never quite fit in.

"A term I’ve used before is ‘the only’ — when you go to certain things and you’re the only black person there," he says. "When we started talking over the phone, I was like, ‘Well, why don’t we just tell a story about this kid who is from the hood, gets a record deal as a rock artist and — still trying to maintain his roots in his neighborhood, whilst trying to excel in this new world — and the struggles that might came about.’ And that night I just came up with the 10-song outline."

The narrator is named Tyrone White, born 1988 in New York City. And while that makes him much younger than the White Mandingos, Jenkins says his struggles echo their own.

"Darryl has me by a few years. Like, he was a pioneer, in terms of being a black person who was doing things that weren’t traditional. And when I got into all this stuff in the, you know, mid to late-’80s, it was still kind of weird. If you’re a black kid, you’re only supposed to fit in a box. You’re only supposed to like hip-hop. You’re only supposed to like R&B."
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And Murs wanted to talk about interracial relationships.

"Interracial relationships are modern, I think, love songs. And I wanted to tell that story, because that story of black and white people being together is only ‘Ebony and Ivory.’ It’s OK to love someone of another race, but no one actually talks about how weird it is to go to your white girl’s parents house and meet her parents for the first time. And then, how weird it must be for them! And they’re trying to be cool but then they say something awkward, and you don’t want to say anything, cause you’re still a guy trying to impress your girlfriends’ parents — before race."

He says that the music that’s supposed to be talking about what’s happening in his generation is rap — but rap isn’t keeping up.

"A lot of people claim to be progressive," says Murs. "And they make progress — there’s lots of progress being made in mainstream rap, I won’t doubt it — but they still stick to a pop formula. They still make sure it’s mixed by the right person. They still contain a lot of contemporary ideas."

The ideas of the future are facilitated by something no one in The White Mandingos had when they were kids: the Internet. All three of them talk about how much money it used to cost them to venture out, to buy albums by groups they’d never heard of. Today, says Murs, up-and-coming musicians know his music and Jay-Z’s music, and they didn’t have to spend a dime to find it. "They just — YouTube, YouTube, YouTube, YouTube, YouTube. So their influences are vast."

Not only is access to culture cheaper and more convenient than it was in the ’70s and ’80s, many of the next generation of musicians, especially those knocking down the cubicles of genre like Tyler, Earl Sweatshirt and Chance the Rapper, are on a more equal playing field than Murs, Jenkins and Jenifer were.

"You’re dealing with the economic development of the black community," says Murs. "Tyler’s mom is not in the projects. Earl’s mom is very — they come from very intelligent, well-educated families, and now we’re getting very intelligent, well-educated kids with foul mouths. They grew up on No Limit, Cash Money, but they went to private schools and they read a lot." Murs says he was similar, listening to Ice Cube and reading Thomas Pynchon, but he was alone in it.
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Jenifer says what the kids are into always sounds strange to the grownups. "One time my aunt told me she thought I made vulgar music. She thought I almost was making evil music. But I had to tell her that’s almost compared to when the thunder and lightning is clapping, like a little kid will cry, but it’s a glorious event. It’s not a negative event."

Jenkins has been getting clowned for boundary defiance since he was a kid: "When I was riding a skateboard in the ’80s people in my neighborhood threw 40-ounces at me." It still happens: "Daryl, he says that I play like a quote-unquote white boy," says Jenkins. "You talk like one, too," says Murs. "Yeah, OK, I talk like one too." "That shirt’s kinda doing it too," adds Jenifer. "My shirt? My shirt’s making more like a white boy too. Anyway — I’m sorry I don’t have FUBU on." But now everybody’s laughing and nobody’s throwing anything.

The Ghetto Is Tryna Kill Me tells the life story of a fictional character, but it sounds like the life story of three real people. "If it can connect with a kid," says Jenkins, "and it’s not just black kids — I think kids in general are looking for identity. And they’re always looking for people to look to who are confident in who they are. If you listen to the entire record you see the evolution of a person who makes mistakes, who comes from mistakes, who wants to do the right thing — and sometimes does and he doesn’t. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be proud of who you are. That doesn’t mean you can’t go against the grain."
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"My First White Girl" from The White Mandingos’ (Murs, Darryl Jenifer of Bad Brains and Sacha Jenkins SHR) debut album, The Ghetto Is Tryna Kill Me. in stores 06/11/2013.

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Here’s the video for "Mandingo Rally" from the White Mandingos, the band had this to say:

"’Mandingo Rally’ is a sonic rally organized by The White Mandingos (AKA Murs, Darryl Jenifer and Sacha Jenkins SHR). Inside of this rally, Cali rap killer Murs (AKA Tyrone White) drops Jewels for you to find. But once you find them, he snatches them right back. Because you have to earn these jewels. Murs rocks like a flamethrower atop a beat sicker than Leather Face. Breezy, Weezy, Jeezy, Cheezy–all of y’all best protect ya neck."

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Question: If a man stood in the center of a crowd, yelling absolute truths about the world, and everyone in the crowd pointed and laughed at this man, should he be considered genius? Or is everyone around him apathetic and dumb?

Following what seems like a real feud between Kanye West and Jimmy Kimmel, which resulted in Kanye’s stan army yet again defending the man against the rest of America, that question feels more appropriate than ever. It all started with BBC Radio One’s Zane Lowe interviewing Kanye West, an act that seems more and more like a cultural event with each new interview. Kanye is great as he’s ever been in the interview, speaking on music’s downward trend and its place within the art community; the making of and cultural and critical reception to his new album Yeezus; the inherent problems with capitalism and corporate America; but then Kanye West begins speaking on fashion and his rhetoric turns to rant.

“Where is the culture at?” West starts, later adding, “ me and Virgil are in Rome giving designs to Fendi over and over and gettin’ our designs knocked down. Brought the leather jogging pants six years ago to Fendi, and they said no. How many mother****ers you done seen with a leather jogging pants?”

React how you will, but Jimmy Kimmel, in his continuation as America’s greatest troll-master, perverts West’s interview and recreates the interview with children reciting quotes from the transcript. It’s a brilliant bit as there’s no better way to mock someone acting like a child than to have an actual child act like that person. Predictably, West retorted and ranted on Twitter about how his interview was the “first piece of honest media in years,” posting about how Sarah Silverman, Kimmel’s ex, is funnier than him and posting about how Kimmel has never received good…we’ll say sex for PG purposes. (Interestingly enough, these Tweets have since been deleted.)

Kimmel responded on air, by simply reading these Tweets to his audience, which is predisposed to believe Kanye is crazy, and signing the bit off saying, “Thank you, Kanye. I appreciate it.” Let’s break this down to who’s right and wrong, because nothing is ever simple when it comes to Kanye West.

The biggest problem with this “feud” is that Kanye West broke the No. 1 celebrity rule when dealing with comedians: Never enter a public fight with them because they will always win. A comedian’s job is to make fun of someone, to mock them in a public sphere, and if you have anything negative to say about them, they will probably say it first and funnier. This is why Kimmel literally thanks Kanye on-air, he knows he will win and gain attention in the process.

The other problem is that most of America will never like Kanye for what he said about George Bush, for the Taylor Swift incident, for throwing the double-bird to white America on Watch the Throne. Hell, even the President of the United States, Barack Obama, called him a “jackass.” My parents (and probably most parents) hate Kanye West because of all of that and the fact that most mainstream media only covers him when he does something reactionary or incendiary.

So Kanye West is fighting a battle he’s not supposed to or going to win, but is fighting based on his rather large ego, which is what got him in trouble in the first place. Most of what West says in the BBC interview is genius, but whenever he talks about fashion, he sounds like the kid complaining to his mom because his brother won’t let him play too. West believes because he’s as famous and successful as he is that the fashion world should simply accept, listen and praise his ideas.

Kanye West feels he is the new definition of the “Renaissance Man.” That’s because he’s a genius at music (which is kind of indisputable), and so he’s convinced that he’s also a genius at all these other things. He complains about these famous designers, like Fendi and Hedi Slimane, and these giant corporations, like Nike, not giving him the chance he thinks he deserves. It’s silly because West doesn’t hate corporate America, he just wants access to the party. If West truly hated the mainstream, if he really hated corporations as much as he claims, he wouldn’t be begging them to let him in, he wouldn’t make guaranteed hits like “Mercy” from the Cruel Summer album.

This is what Kimmel is mocking, because most celebrities (including West) inherently understand the insidious nature of mainstream capitalism in America: Anything that attempts to subvert culture will temporarily work, but the tentacles of capitalism will eventually grab hold and make a profit from it. Look at rap, or better yet, read what West says: “Rap the new rock n’ roll! We culture! Rap is the new rock n’ roll! We the rock stars!” later claiming he’s the biggest rock star.

He’s right. With the exception of generic pop music, no other genre in America is more popular than rap music. It used to be something white, middle-class kids like myself weren’t supposed to listen to, it was something we should fear in the days of N.W.A. and Public Enemy, back in the days most rap had something to say. Now it’s on the radio, in the clubs, at sporting events, Jay Z is touring with Justin Timberlake, an event unbelievable 15 years ago. Capitalism and the willingness of other rappers to sell out did all of that.

West alludes to all of that throughout the interview, calling trap music “commercialized,” which it is, and that “rappers is the new R&B n****s” (e.g. Drake, Future, Wale, J. Cole). Where we run into trouble as a culture is because West said one—okay, a lot of ridiculous things, we dismiss everything else he says. We want to paint him black and white, he’s either a lunatic or a genius for many, and nobody wants to classify him in all of his wonderful shades of gray.

Kanye West asks in the BBC interview, “It’s funny, you drive in a Maybach past a homeless person and you ask, ‘who’s more free?’ You can be trapped to your possessions.” It’s one of the more provocative, illuminating questions asked in years on a national stage, but we want to castigate him because West acts like a child for 10 minutes of an hour-long interview. However, West makes his own bed, because, although he has something important to say, he continues to allow people to paint him in that light with these stupid public feuds he will never win. Jimmy Kimmel is slightly to blame for feeding it, but then again, Kimmel is the best public figure at pointing to America’s absurdity and the idiocy of American Exceptionalism. (See Kimmel trolling the Internet when he planted the fake twerking fail video.)

In the end, Kanye West wants to be a visionary without the costs that such a reputation entails. He still wants everyone to like him, but that’s not how it works. As frustrated as he might be, he needs to learn how to play the game if he wants his vision to succeed.

After all, what good are the words of a genius if nobody’s listening?
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