The Buzz//Kanye West:Two truths & A Lie.

 

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This is 1-2-CHECK.

The Game two truths & a lie goes like this: 4-7 people. Each person has to speak two truths and a lie. The rest of the group is left to guess which one of the three statements is a lie.

During the game, whether you’ve known these people for decades or minutes, you inevitably smash your perceptions with an unlikely candidate. I would argue the game is set up to be played this way, so you crash into one another. Even the most intuitive person can lose.

A good boss of mine once said, “We must sometimes dismantle the message from the messenger.” So even if the person whose said it has a history of being “unhinged” “unpredictable” and “outrageous” is what he said have some validity?

Diving into the complicated nature of Kanye West can be found here and here but in this space I want to know: Did Kanye West say something important and we just missed it because of how he said it?

Afterall as Kanye has said at his final St. Pablo Concert, “I’ve been sitting here to give y’all my truth even at the risk of my own life — even at the risk of my own success, my own career” for the truth will set you free, but not until its finished with you- David Foster Wallace.

For all the fact checkers out there here is the original speech spoken by Kanye West taken from NY Times Article:

“Beyoncé, I was hurt because I heard that you said you wouldn’t perform unless you won Video of the Year over me and over ‘Hotline Bling,’” he said.

“Sometimes we be playing the politics too much and forget who we are just to win,” he continued. “I’ve been sitting here to give y’all my truth even at the risk of my own life — even at the risk of my own success, my own career.”

However, Mr. West said, such truth-telling was necessary for real progress. “Obama couldn’t make America great because he couldn’t be him to be who he was,” he said. “Black men have been slaves. Obama wasn’t allowed to do this” — the rapper screamed — “and still win. He had to be perfect. But being perfect don’t always change” things.

“Yeah, I’m taking his lead,” Mr. West said of the president-elect.

“A lot of people here tonight felt like they lost,” the rapper began. “You know why? Because y’all been lied to. Google lied to you. Facebook lied to you. Radio lied to you.”

The brief concert, at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, came two nights after Mr. West shocked his audience by announcing at a show in San Jose, Calif., that he had not voted, but would have cast a ballot for Mr. Trump if he had. Though the rapper affirmed his belief in the importance of issues like Black Lives Matter and women’s rights, he praised Mr. Trump’s “method of communication” as “very futuristic.” NY Times, November 20 2016.

Ok. Let’s play the game: two truths and a lie…

  1. Kanye West called out Media tactics in the 2016 Election.
  2. Kanye West spoke about Obama and his presidency.
  3. Kanye West “came” for Beyonce.

Which one is the lie?

1.Kanye West called out Media tactics in the 2016 election.

 “A lot of people here tonight felt like they lost,” the rapper began. “You know why? Because y’all been lied to. Google lied to you. Facebook lied to you. Radio lied to you” (NYTimes, 2016).

If you and anyone eight degrees worth of separation has been following any news outlets you know the Trump campaign has been using unethical media tactics. We all played along thinking his tactics were those of a rash, psychotic animal with no filter and a deranged soul. Look closer and we find out Russia has somehow involved themselves in media schemes and facebook specifically is under fire for not filtering fake ads, fake messaging and real attempts the Trump campaign made to make sure liberals just didn’t vote based on spreading Hilary propaganda. Legitimate claims are to be made against Hilary as a presidential candidate but to go against a democratic voter system in such a vindictive dirty way and the media fed the message and we bought it?

I don’t know about you but I’m five steps away from going Kanye West off on America. Shame on us.

I call truth.

2. Kanye West spoke about Obama and his Presidency.

“Obama couldn’t make America great because he couldn’t be him to be who he was,” he said. “Black men have been slaves. Obama wasn’t allowed to do this” — the rapper screamed — “and still win. He had to be perfect. But being perfect don’t always change” things.” (NY Times, 2016).

For as hard a pill as it is to swallow that Kanye didn’t vote and if he would have voted he would have cast his vote for Trump, did he say something important amongst all of that?

OK, step back.

Obama himself after being elected to a second term has given voice to his shock towards his efforts being matched with much difficulty; a stalemate with Congress, a lack of civility on both sides of the aisle creating “a get nothing done” Washington. He came to Washington to get.things.handled.Period.

At the end of the day I am a white woman and I cannot speak to the feeling or the reality of what it is to be African-American in the United States but I can speak to the injustice that we all were made witness to. Kanye was right, Obama had to be perfect as he was scrutinized, as police murdered African American workers, fathers, uncles, brothers and sisters.

Don’t speak too blatantly Obama, their racist whispers linger.

Don’t speak too in favor of one side, they shout from their seats as he delivers his State of the Union address.

I think Kanye is maybe saying this:  the louder I speak the more disrespectful I seem and maybe there is apart of him that knows somewhere Obama’s voice is just as loud. Obama has said after he leaves office he will hand over the passage of power democratically to Donnie Rump but he will use his right to speak out publicly once he leaves office if he feels the power of the office has been abused and the freedom of the people is being compromised. I would have to hand the mic to President Obama himself for a more in-depth analysis, as Obama has expressed disappointment in Kanye, however, I can’t help but wonder: after the current state of our country, how does President Obama feel after 8 years of dealing with our white America bullshit? Given the amount of injustice…

I say: Truth.

3.Kanye West “Came” for Beyonce.

It was Prince who said in all his glory (may God rest his giant soul), “Well I  can’t be played. A person trying to play me plays themselves.”

Hmm was it not Beyonce who said, when you play me: you play yourself…

Can anyone really take away the power that is Beyonce, besides Beyonce herself?

Lets just say for argument’s sake, she did tell the VMA’s she wouldn’t perform unless she won. To that I say: please don’t get it twisted people.

The world she lives in is another one all together. If she did in fact ask that, do you think a woman of her grace, poise and power didn’t have her reasons? If award shows are not really all that “real” to someone of her level (in the sense she already knows they are a political animal and not geared towards art) and she had a message to give that was bigger than Beyonce herself, I ask the people: would you not play it the same?

In the game she’s playing its eat or be eaten. Beyonce’s power rests in her ability to remain one step ahead by dictating the rules because she knows as a woman this is her only option. And for dessert, she has served us a graciousness uncharacteristic of any other female diva out there.  A humbled attitude that hands the mic to Taylor Swift after Kanye himself took the award away from Swift in the name of Beyonce.

Now, was it right or politically ethical of Kanye to do what he did? No, not at all.  Did he feel like he was speaking his truth? I don’t know. No one will ever know unless Kanye himself finds his way out.

But did he come for her? No, not really.

I believe if someone came for Beyonce we would hear the snap back from the throne. (Y’all remember Becky, right?). He just made a giant public mistake in the middle of a psychological battle which for the hive was really this: if you say her name, you better have your house in order because anything detracting from the story is not really Beyonce level truth.  I mean, you are really just playing yourself because Beyonce is Beyonce. She literally finds a way to soar above you.

 

(mic drop)

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