In the entertainment world, there is often a suspension of reality. When I watch Selena, I see Selena Quintanilla-Perez, not Jenny from the Block. In the music world, that suspension of reality exists, I believe, for some musicians. For example, when a performer hits the stage, she is no longer just “that person,” but rather, an alter ego. When Beyonce steps onto a stage, she becomes Sasha Fierce, Yonce, or whatever other name she is going by now. As she such, she has artistic license to say and do whatever she pleases. This, my friends, is a problem.
Kanye West and Beyonce Knowles are two of the biggest acts in music today. Beyonce is currently in headlines for releasing a surprise album, and not informing the public with any type of promotion, and having that album rise to #1 on Billboard. Kanye West is known for his engagement to socialite Kim Kardashian, for siring a child whose name sounds more like a direction or an airline, and for his immature, sometimes funny, rants. Both superstars are further connected, aside from their business and personal connections to Jay-Z, for their over-the-top personalities. Beyonce has those names which I’ve mentioned about, and Kanye is the heavenly, celestial Yeezus. They’re not “artistic.” They’re annoying and sometimes disrespectful.
Let us take Kanye, because we have so much information on him. Some of his most well-known songs are “Gold Digger,” which is somewhat ironic considering Kanye’s romantic relationship with Kim Kardashian (yes, Kim Kardashian can make money, or “gold,” on her own, but she’s getting a lot more attention from Kanye. Now, her influence is not just in the world visual [television] entertainment, but in the musical sphere as well], as well as “Jesus Walks,” which is itself ironic, considering how the song decries the rejection of Jesus and the influence of Satan, but Kanye is becoming blasphemous and hubristic, which are, in all Christian respects, sins. “Yeezus” is a fusion of Kanye’s nickname “Yeezy” with the first name of Christianity’s heralded savior. If you don’t believe in God, and, therefore, Jesus, then fusing your name with Christ’s does not scream of hypocritical blasphemy. Maybe Kanye is no longer Christian, so the charge of hypocritical blasphemy does not apply to him. However, with him always thanking God, I doubt that that is the case. Then, there’s another topic: hypocrisy and business. In Kanye’s song “New Slaves,” one of the trademark songs of his Yeezus album, he calls out the black people who are buying (pun intended) into the promises of corporations. “What you want? A Bentley? Fur coat? A Diamond chain? All you black want all the same things. Used to only be niggas, now everybody playin’, spending everything on Alexander Wang, new slaves.” Talk about hypocrisy at its finest. Kanye not only sells music, but he produces clothing (at least shirts and sneakers). A pair of his sneakers recently sold at around $16,000,000. Unless those shoes have some type of cure for cancers or other potentially fatal diseases, they are not worth $16,000,000. Hell, they’re not even worth $500, in my humble opinion. Is Kanye working from an insider’s perspective? Is he saying that he has had a first-hand look at corporations, and therefore he is fit to decry them and those who support them with money? Well, he is still involved with these corporations, so I do not think so.
Next, we have Beyonce, also known as Sasha Fierce, B, Queen B, Yonce, and, lastly, Her Royal Ass-ness. If entertainers all were to be represented by a certain quality or body part, Beyonce’s butt would do the talking for her. With her latest album, which is self-titled, she did no promotions, did not inform the public at large of her upcoming release. A simple link from her Tumblr page directed one to iTunes, through which her album was being sold. With someone as famous as Beyonce, the lack of promotion really did not hurt. One of her songs, “Drunk In Love,” has become an anthem for romance, in which the participants are so overwhelmed with their love and happiness that they are “drunk.” In another song, however, lies controversy. In the song “XO,” she plays footage from the 1986 call of distress from the Challenger spacecraft. The song “XO” really has nothing to do with extraterrestrial travel. It is about saying goodbye to a romantic relationship. Fittingly, many called out Her Royal Ass-ness for her appropriation of the distress call. She claims that she was honoring the fallen, but that is clearly not true. Is she writing a song about losing a loved one to a Challenger-like explosion? No. Beyonce clearly has become shock-value, no substance here.
Now, some might call me a hater of both Beyonce and Kanye West. Let me save you he trouble: both people have been in the headlines lately. As such, I obviously came across them. Also, I feel that it is clearly disrespectful what both individuals have done. Right now, Beyonce and Kanye West are not showing themselves to be performers or artists; they’re acting like narcissists.