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Bound 2 Hate: In Defense of Kanye West
By Tristan Espinoza
It was nearly two months ago when Kanye West released the music video for “Bound 2.” Although critics and fans have praised the song itself, there’s a consensus among viewers that the music video is so cheesy you can smell it a mile away. But the worst part of the video isn’t its laughable amount of corniness — rather, it has given people more excuses to look at Kanye West as the “jackass” that President Obama has labeled him. It’s made it easier to dismiss the rapper when he claims to be the “Michael Jordan of music,” because somehow, the idea has perpetuated that West’s aggressive ego has stemmed from a supposedly underserved arrogance. In reality, West is completely deserving of what he calls himself, and his arrogance is something to be praised. Rakim, considered to be a true emcee in the hip-hop culture, agrees: “… you’ve got to really appreciate an artist that’s really outspoken and feels like his music can change the world. Don’t even go to the studio if you don’t think your music’s going to do something.” He even justifies West’s controversial presence at award shows: “It’s because he’s passionate. If a lot of us don’t take it that serious, then it’s not going to be serious no more … We need that. We need the media to know that some of us are really passionate about music.” And Kanye West, the bombastic figure he is, is very passionate about music.