Last night, Kanye West played a nearly 90-minute surprise show as part of Adult Swim’s upfront presentation. At least two notable things happened: He sang an AutoTuned ode to Kim Kardashian that doesn’t live up to its possible name of “Awesome,” and he went on a tear about pitfalls of fame.
The latter is above. “I’m a terrible, terrible, terrible celebrity,” West said early on. That simply isn’t true. He is a wonderful celebrity, prone to unpredictable behavior, with an catalog of public rants that is thus far unparalleled by any of his peers. He is a great celebrity in that all he needs to do to command attention is pop out his pacifier. “I’m the worst kind of celebrity, because all I do is make real music,” continued the rapper, who may have debuted his Skrillex collaboration last night. He sang-song this information. The music he was making at this moment was only quasi real. It should be noted that throwing fits, also, is a big part of his art. Obviously.
He went on to complain about photogs. He was commanding attention because of his fame yet promising that he is no celebrity because he thinks he is God and he is entitled to make arbitrary decrees within any given paragraph: “So I don’t want no people runnin’ up on me with cameras, trying to like sell pictures and shit to magazines, asking me dumb ass questions, throwin’ me off my focus and shit. Harrasin’ you all muthafuckin day. I ain’t no muthafuckin’ celebrity.”
He was probably referencing the paparazzi that made him run into a pole last week, as they chased him and the person who’s famous for being famous that he decided to make a baby with. He would have gotten the photogs’ attention all by himself though, and will for years to come as long as he’s treating all the world like his subway car to rant in and distract people from their music.