Patrick Simmons

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No love for The Kills?
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March 4, 2016 on The 5 Best Songs Of The Week
Yeah. College Dropout definitely was but it was most influential in hip hop mostly. 808's and Yeezus both created whole new waves of artists in a bigger way. Yeezus when it first came out was not an album that could get radio play but in 2016 it seems like every song would fit perfectly on the radio. I feel like it'd be much harder for The Weekend to hit the mainstream especially getting a #1 for The Hills if Yeezus didn't have such an influence on the younger generation. That album and Kanye declaring himself the number one rockstar actually made rappers the new rockstars.
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February 24, 2016 on Kanye West Shares New Sampha Collab, Ethers Rock Producer Bob Ezrin
Yeah but the Taylor moment made it okay for the media to endlessly mock him and treat him as something less than human. They want a redemption story of him humbling himself and going back into submission to society's expectations for him. I think it's clear at this point he isn't and his influence is only growing on the younger generation. Seems he realizes this now. I'd say the bill Cosby comment was an act of aggression that its only publically acceptable to say otherwise, and also to get him attention for the album. I'm pretty sure he made it clear on facts that he thinks Cosby is guilty. Of course the media will ignore that and take a chance to villify him. I think he's more in control and self aware than people give home credit before. Its easy to follow a narrative.
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February 24, 2016 on Kanye West Shares New Sampha Collab, Ethers Rock Producer Bob Ezrin
I just feel a lot of Kanye hate subconsciously confess from how traditionally black people are expected in american society, the dude has done/said bad stuff American was never going to forgive him after Taylor Swift. It plays into the narrative of scary black man attacking Americas sweetheart. They media exploited that narrative because it good old traditional American values. Everything Kanye does is a reaction to that.
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February 24, 2016 on Kanye West Shares New Sampha Collab, Ethers Rock Producer Bob Ezrin
There's something genius about getting a new article posted by most journalism sites for going on 3 weeks now, getting 20 million to tune into a fashion show at a sold out MSG, more than doubling Tidal subscriptions, selling out shoes the day of release, said shoes going for up to thousands on eBay, and having anyone you reference in a tweet become a trending topic. Not to mention 7 back to back great albums, 2 of them paradigm shifters only to have people constantly say you aren't a genius. The media loves a villain.
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February 24, 2016 on Kanye West Shares New Sampha Collab, Ethers Rock Producer Bob Ezrin
If he's not part of the culture he is in no position to comment on it in the privileged white way he did You don't do an album review without listening to the damn album.
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February 24, 2016 on Kanye West Shares New Sampha Collab, Ethers Rock Producer Bob Ezrin
How about the double standard for how rockstars are encouraged to act vs how Kanye gets treated for those same antics. A lot of Kanye hate definitely comes from white male patriarchy and how black men are supposed to be extra humble. As a black man myself I'm sure if I ran into a lot of the obstacles he did I'd be pretty pissed of too. It really is ridiculous how we reward people for being humble(controlled) like vs having self confidence. And in the case of Bob he's an old white rock producer commenting on an artist/a genre that he is not an authority on. To mention Mackelmore and Eminem as more influential is also just flat out wrong, yes there is a racial element when two of the main guys he gives props to are white rappers. There is systemic racism in the academy and I wouldn't be surprised if he was apart of it. These are the people who decided 1989 was more important to TPAB and that a white washed rap album has only been acceptable to win AOTY.
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February 24, 2016 on Kanye West Shares New Sampha Collab, Ethers Rock Producer Bob Ezrin
Kanye just has a way of making old white guys go out of their way to tear down a body of work that even they admit they aren't too familiar with... And saying that Eminem and Mackelmore speak out more on social issues? He clearly has not listened to much Kanye. So again why do old white guys not named Lou Reed do this? Relevancy or racism?
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February 24, 2016 on Kanye West Shares New Sampha Collab, Ethers Rock Producer Bob Ezrin
Apparently Tidal subscriptions are up more to 2.5 million from 1 million from The Life Of Pablo and Kanye is planning another project. Imagine if Kanye keeps up with good Fridays and Beyonce is exclusive. Not saying it'll save them but if Kanye can add 1.5 million then imagine what Beyoncé will do.
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February 23, 2016 on Tidal Exclusivity Keeps Kanye’s Pablo From Billboard Charts
If Beyoncé does do that it definitely makes the Tidal press conference thing look a little less silly.
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February 23, 2016 on Tidal Exclusivity Keeps Kanye’s Pablo From Billboard Charts
Imagine if Beyoncé does the same. That renders billboard irrelevant right? Not a huge fan of Tidal but if they are really trying to pull off some kind of music industry revolution, Beyoncé is pretty good leverage. Makes me wonder about Rihanna not performing at the Grammy's. Jay-Z may be smarter than we thought.
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February 23, 2016 on Tidal Exclusivity Keeps Kanye’s Pablo From Billboard Charts
There's lot of pretty convincing evidence its not over and more is coming. Look at how lucid his tweets are today as we get closer to Friday. And this over at KTT http://www.kanyetothe.com/forum/index.php?topic=4675481.0
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February 17, 2016 on Rap Grammys Matter, Except Not Really
The fact that he's been trending for so long. I don't think Beyoncé and Jay-Z would associate with Kanye or want him with Tidal if he was serious about all the Mysoginistic stuff he's been saying. It all ties into the theme of the album.
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February 17, 2016 on Over Half A Million People Pirated Kanye West’s Tidal-Exclusive Pablo In One Day
I think that's the point. The album sounds as schizo as the roll out has been and as his tweets. I remember him saying the album was about it's parts and Young Thug let it slip on periscope that it was coming out on SNL days before that was announced. Its the album of "Life." Kanye has always been nuts but recently has been over the top. He also told Pitchfork the album should've been 30/10 which could mean 3 parts but obviously its all speculation. I just don't think a man with a wife and 2 kids is really on a mission to alienate the whole world at least not without a purpose. Also he had a shit ton of Life Of Pablo merchandise for the MSG show I don't think that could've been ready in a few days. I think this whole project is going to be a long drawn out thing and at some point its going to turn into his public redemption. Also the line "I invented Kanye." Maybe he's gonna finish this final project before he runs for president.
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February 17, 2016 on Over Half A Million People Pirated Kanye West’s Tidal-Exclusive Pablo In One Day
This article from the Yeezus era really predicted this album roll out. The Yeezus "rants" were performance art. He really merged his art himself.http://www.vannevar.net/2014/07/02/misunderstanding-yeezus-the-andy-kaufman-of-our-generation/
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February 16, 2016 on Over Half A Million People Pirated Kanye West’s Tidal-Exclusive Pablo In One Day