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Kanye West aka Yeezus aka the GOAT of Hip Hop

11 Nov

I think this is an interesting/important topic because Kanye West is one of the most influential people in the music industry. His music, his achievements outside of music, and even his awards make him the most interesting person in music. Lets start with his music. Kanye’s music has influenced many artists such has Big Sean, Teyana Taylor, John Legend, 2Chainz, and even artist who aren’t on his record label like Drake. Drake is also known as one of the “GOATS” or pioneers of hip hop. In an interview with MTV he stated,” Before I ever got the chance to meet him, Kanye West shaped a lot of what I do, as far as music goes. We always, always, always took the time to listen to Kanye’s music and appreciate it beyond.” As far as his achievements outside of music he has several clothing line collabs with top designers like Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Bathing Ape, APC, Nike, and he just recently signed a deal with Adidas. Here’s a fun fact about his shoe collab with Nike. The two most popular and expensive shoes Nike every came out with (without a celebrities autograph on it) were the Jordans #2 and The Nike Mags. The Jordan #2 retail price are $180 but were sold online for $31,000. The Nike Mags retail price were $1,500 but sold online to close to $15,000. Kanye West shoe “ The Yeezys” retailed at $250 but sold online for $90,000 making him the top non-athlete seller Nike has ever had. Finally, the awards he has won speaks for themselves. He has 21 Grammys making him the 8th highest person in Grammy history. He has the 6th highest won by males and is the second, I repeat second highest for a producer. In class, I would first like to discuss how influential he is, as an artist in music and as an artist in the fashion industry. This relates to the course content in a few ways. Cultural appropriation can be looked at from different point of views. Cultural appropriation occurs when an individual (or group) uses someone else’s cultural symbols to satisfy a personal need for self-expression. He does this in his music when he samples different artist from different genres in his beats. He takes somebody else’s beats and makes it fit to his style of music. He also does this by the clothes he wears. He once wore a kilt on stage, that looked like a skirt to prove to people that clothes have no gender. This isn’t his first time wearing women clothes or baggy but fitted shirts that look like a dress. When you think about males wearing kilts, skirts, or long t-shirts that look like dresses, people assume that, that person is gay. According to Cultural appropriation A celebrity “plays” being a marginalized minority of a lower-socio-economic class by “performing” parts of the culture (fashion, music styles, etc.) but at the end of the day, they can wipe it all off and go back to being a person of power with privilege. Regardless of Kanyes intentions, good or bad, he will still be a person with power. Finally, we could also talk about the cultural diamond and how he influenced the fashion industry.

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Kanye speaks on creativity

19 Oct

Kanye speaks on creativity

A few weeks ago Kanye had a four part interview with BBC Zane Lowe. He spoke on his life, his views on the world, how people view him, and most importantly, creativity and how to move society forward. I honestly loved every part of the interview. Here is Part 2 where he speaks on his creativity and how society tries to limit his ideas. 

Creativity & Innovation

28 Sep

So this week’s blog is going to be about how to be more creative. Since this is a music blog I’m going to tell you a few things how to get more creative ideas in music and being a more creative person all around. If you don’t know already, I’m a sophomore in college and one of the classes I’m taking is called creativity and innovation. I can honestly say this is the best class I’ve ever taking in my life. We had a guest speaker by the name of Cathy Anderson’s and she is VERY inspirational to being trying to have more creative ideas. She was very inspirational and she had a lot of ways I’ve never thought about to be more creative. I’m going to list a few methods she taught us and I will explain each in a few sentences.

  1. The Creative notebook
    1. Mrs. Anderson said buy a notebook, and for 60 days fill up a page a day. This page can consist of anything; drawings, lyrics, music ideas, quotes, anything that comes to your mind. After the 60 days is up go back through your notebook and you will see your ideas start to come together.
  1. Rambling
    1. What is a ramble? A ramble is going somewhere new once a week. They key is to make yourself uncomfortable. Everybody is confortable doing the same thing they’re use to doing. Going to do something new every week can increase your networks and to help you be more creative because you’re surrounding yourself with new people with new ideas.
  1. How to create Flow
    1. We have all had those moments where were doing something that feels like a few minutes but really hours have passed. That’s called the euphoric flow. To put this in a music point of view, lets say you write music. If you write at the same time everyday, at the same place, everyday, you will create flow. It will seem like 30minutes has passed, but really 3 hours passed. You will be a more efficient worker when you’re able to create flow.

I do plan on buying a notebook and trying the 60days creative challenge she taught us. I had to come home to DJ for the weekend so I wasn’t able to try anything new in Charlotte like I wanted to. But the one thing that I did do new for the first time was DJ an elementary school dance. I’m use to Djing college events, parties, and sometimes receptions. Also the music that I’m use to playing is rap, RnB, and a little bit of pop music. I had to step out of my comfort zone and appeal to kids in the 5th grade and below. Before I arrived, I was a little nervous because I never had to DJ at an elementary school before, let alone little kids. After I set up in their cafeteria, all the little kids ran in starring at the stage I was on, seeing what song I was going to play first. The first and last song always determines if a party will be successful or not. I went through my playlist and ironically I decided to start with Black Eye Peas “Lets get it started.” They went crazy, running around, dancing, having the most fun they probably had all week. As time past I was noticing it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. I noticed the only thing kids want to hear is dancing music or music they can run around to. It went a lot better than I thought. And to top it off, the last song I played was “Cupid shuffle” by Cupid. All of the kids, teachers, and principals all came together to do this dance. It was cute seeing little kids all doing the same line dance together. After the dance the teachers and students came to me and said that I did a good job and that they had fun. I had more fun than I thought I was going to have and for it being my first time, everything went good.  Have you tried anything new lately? If so, what was it and did you like it?

Song of the week: “305 To My City” – Drake

Lyrics of the week: Bound2-Kanye west

“Rock Forever 21 but just turned 30”