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Kanye West’s latest video has caused some uproar and rightly so. The (what is he, ‘hip hop’, ‘electronica dub’?) artist’s new track, ‘Monster’ is accompanied by a grim set of visuals that feature lots of dead bodies hanging from the ceiling, draped over chaise longue or sat up in bed, while West attempts to set a new record for erroneous use of the ‘F’ word.
Of course the majority of corpses in the video are women and as the video progresses we get to laugh at the multi Grammy and MOBO award winner as he raps with a ferocity and bravado that only a bullying victim could muster. He reminds me of a dog in a car barking at passers by, most of which ignore the pointless vociferation and get on with their shopping.
Further on we’re treated to guest vocals by Jay-Z and Nicki Minaj, the latter trying to look incredibly hard, more desperately than West, with her aggressively wobbly vocal delivery; similar to a jelly on steroids with a vendetta against good taste and talent.
Throughout the set, West and his buddies are seen consuming guts and getting all necrophilic with the scattered cadavers, and while it’s undoubtedly very appealing to George A. Romero fans, it leaves me scratching my head as to what’s gone wrong with the world.
These days the bar for decency has all but disappeared. Kanye West has a huge teenage following and the message this latest effort sends out is not a good one. Young people watching it will become desensitised to the horrors of the world, and worse still will begin to see women as meat, or an underling to be treated with contempt at every opportunity.
The real world shouldn’t be like that, and the line between reality and fantasy is blurred by needless ‘music’ like this.
And this is my point. West is living in a fantasy world and the only thing monstrous about him is his clear lack of talent. How anyone can praise him is beyond me, the guy is a misogynist and gynephobe who clearly never got over the day his mother withdrew her exhausted teat from his craving lips.
Since the day he was signed it’s been possible to see his ego from space.
Now before you start saying, “It’s just a song, it’s not doing any harm Mary Whitehouse,” just watch it again and think about everything you’ve read in this piece. The video is sick for the sake of being sick and only highlights West’s desire to strike out at women for whatever reason he fears or despises them.
The standards in this world have sunk to a shocking low, and if the evolution of music takes us from Mozart to ‘fiddy’ cent and his gangsta ‘I’m-gonna-shoot-you-in-the-face’ style rap to Kanye West and his ‘I’m-the-sweariest-motherf***er-in-the-world-and-have-b**w-jobs-from-dead-people’ style, then we really are in trouble as a species.
See the video here:
KanYe West – Monster (Official Video)
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