It’s not difficult to fall in love with yourself when you are at number 1 on the Billboard hot 100, or when your latest album is being called “an innovation in the hip-hop genre” by Rolling Stone magazine. Hell, it’s incredibly hard to not pat yourself on the back when you land a woman as attractive and famous as Kim Kardashian. With all these reasons, it’s quite understandable that Kanye has developed an attitude that can be perceived as egotistic and narcissistic.
But this attitude and mind-set is no longer surprising for anyone aware of Kanye West. What is surprising is how he conducts himself as beyond the opinions of other humans. An example of this is how the usual “F*ck the Haters” has become “Their opinions do not affect me in the slightest.” Any criticism or negative opinion on his personality or work is not paid any attention to by Kanye at all, signifying some elitism on his part. Kanye seems to no longer care for the sales of his albums, or the critical reception of his music, only for the never-ending praise he receives from his loyal followers.
While his personality may annoy us, we cannot truly blame him for his increased arrogance and god-complex. The life at the top of the world can be very difficult, not just from the pressure of producing music that the critics and fans will love, but also from constantly being ridiculed and criticized by the populace. Couple this with the fact that he goes on international tours every year, and he is exposed to so much drugs and other harmful vices, and the life of an internationally acclaimed rap star isn’t as fun as it appears to us.
- Chino Miranda
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