Kanye West Doesn’t Care About White People

Presumably complaining about Pitchfork‘s (overly generous in the mind of this white guy*) 9/10, “Best New Music” review of The Life of Pablo, Kanye West wrote:

With just a touch of “some of my best friends are . . .,” “I married a . . .” condescension, he added:

If white people cannot possibly understand his music, shouldn’t we not just stop reviewing it, but stop listening to it altogether? If so, Kanye is set to take a major hit to his bottom line, considering white listeners account for the majority of rap’s sale.**

Perhaps that why he is hitting up rich white people for a loan . . .

. . . with his normal humility . . .

. . . and more than a dash of white liberal guilt:

But is Kanye Zuckerberg’s favorite artist?  Not according to Inc.‘s “Inside the Music That Inspires Richard Branson, Mark Zuckerberg, and Elon Musk”:

MARK ZUCKERBERG: Lady Gaga and Daft Punk.

Yes, the man who brought us Facebook is particularly fond of the woman who brought us the meat dress. Lady Gaga, of course, is boisterous pop royalty. There’s almost no chance anyone who listens to a top-40 radio station has been able to avoid her ubiquitous hits “Bad Romance,” “Poker Face,” or “Born This Way.” Adventurous listeners looking for a lesser-known gem should try out the track “The Fame.”

Daft Punk is an electronic duo that combines elements of many different musical genres into their catchy tunes. New listeners would do well to try out their infectious, funk-driven hit “Get Lucky.” Maybe you’ll get as lucky as Zuckerberg did.

 


*  Granted, I’ve only listened to it once, but this is the first Kanye album in a long time that has not so blown me away on first listen that it drowned out his usual album-release grandstanding and made me want to immediately listen to it again.

**  The fact that the majority of rap is bought by whites does not mean that rap has a deeper saturation in white culture than black. It simply means that a smaller percentage of the white majority accounts for far more sales than a larger percentage of the black minority.

 

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