Kanye West seems to like not being liked.
But we like him any way.
How could you not?
Sure, he equates himself to Jesus, engages in ewww!-worthy public sexting with his fiancee, Kim Kardashian, and was once kind of mean to America’s sweetheart — we’re talking about that time he dissed George W. Bush, what were you thinking of?
But the guy is also one of the greatest hip-hop talents ever, as inventive a producer as the genre has seen and a bold, button-pushing presence on the mic who is as candid as he is controversial.
West’s latest disc, the equally abrasive and brilliant “Yeezus,” gets right in your face and stays there, daring you to flinch first.
And you will.
You might not always like what West has to say, but it’s still a pleasure to hear him say it.
All this being said, we think the guy is a little misunderstood.
He has plenty of positive, life affirming messages in his music as well.
With West hitting town this weekend, we thought we’d highlight some of the more inspirational sentiments contained in his songs so that you can see a different side of Ye and come to appreciate him like we do.
From “I’m In It”: “The kids and the wife life / But can’t wake up from the night life / I’m so scared of my demons / I go to sleep with a night light.”
Here, West bravely confronts the challenging transition from swinging bachelor to responsible father.
It’s not easy going from self-anointed Christ figure who sweats Champagne and excellence to changer of boom-boom filled Huggies.
But, on the plus side, with his rare musical gifts, the guy must be great at getting his kid to rest with some sweet lullabies.
“Yo lil’ baby, get the f!@# to sleep! / Tryin’ to explain to your moms where the sun goes at night, so I don’t wanna hear a peep / She’s a reality TV star, famous for her looks / But she ain’t all that up on things like telling time and readin’ books.”
From “All Falls Down”: “It seems we living the American dream / But the people highest up got the lowest self-esteem / The prettiest people do the ugliest things / For the road to riches and diamond rings.”
The message here is an important one: Just because you’re rich and famous, it doesn’t make you a better person — just better dressed and better smelling with a better house in a better neighborhood that you had better not trespass in, low life.
Money doesn’t necessarily make you feel better about yourself, as West notes, and being fabulously wealthy and successful has its challenges.
We can certainly attest to this fact.
Just this morning we had a hell of a time trying to show the maid the proper way to polish our hamster’s gold teeth.
From “I Am a God”: “I am a god / So hurry up with my damn massage / In a French-ass restaurant / Hurry up with my damn croissants.”
Good service means prompt service.
We don’t waste any time blowing your mind with ingenious, well-considered musical insights, do we?
No, we get right to it.
This is all that West is preaching here: the value of swift, expedient customer relations.
At the same time, West underscores the benefits of cultivating a healthy sense of self-worth.
You may scoff at West for anointing himself a higher power.
But equating oneself to an omnipotent being has its rewards.
Namely, foot rubs and baked goods posthaste.
From “Black Skinhead”: “I keep it 300, like the Romans / 300 (members of the female persuasion), where’s the Trojans? / Baby, we’re livin’ in the moment / I’ve been a menace for the longest / But I ain’t finished, I’m devoted.”
Wow, so many valuable life lessons here, it’s like Tony Robbins kickin’ rhymes instead of infomercials.
First, West advocates safe sex, which is important, especially if you’re going to follow West’s lead and bed 300 people.
And can you imagine the line outside his bedroom?
Next, ’Ye extols the virtues of living for today, which is important, because you could kick the bucket at any time.
A large number of you, for instance, will die laughing upon reading this article.
Condolences, in advance, to your family.
Finally, West preaches dedication to one’s craft.
Never give up!
Now, give it up.
You’re next in the aforementioned line.
Contact reporter Jason Bracelin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 702-383-0476. Follow on Twitter @JasonBracelin.