Kanye West: More Than A Rapper

Let’s take a minute and marinate in the moment of our present hip hop and rap music industry. I’m pretty sure we’re already aware of the array of current popular artists and their trademark music that has progressed over these past few years. However, as fine and dandy as they all are, it seems like the famous Kanye West is receiving all the glitz and glamour, not only music wise, but fashion wise as well.

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Back in the day, before the mirage became a reality, West only had hopes and dreams that were set on pursuing a successful music career. After he dropped out of high school, he began creating tasteful rhymes and tracks for Jay Z, one of the industry’s most world renowned rappers and hip hop entrepreneurs. Without a doubt, Kanye bought more flame to the fire. Creating a spectrum of great beats and lyrics only helped him grow larger as a personal brand and with his right hand man, Jay, he was steered into the flashing lights of fame. The spotlight was directed in his way once he released his first album “The College Dropout” in 2002.

Kanye InterviewAs his career took off, innocence vanished from Kanye once he realized the kind of talent he had. As the years progressed, he grew into a magnet for fame and glory, all aspects that surely helped to develop his egotistic mentality. Back in a 2008 during a Tim Westwood interview, Kanye explained how assured he felt about, “going down as a legend, whether or not [people] like [him] or not”. Now, no one has ever made the mistake of confusing Kanye West for the humble type, and that is simply because he believes that he is a larger than life individual. I mean, who can really argue? Let’s not forget, “He is A God”.

One important factor about life is that things are always moving and for Kanye, he’s only headed in one direction and that’s to the top. Beyond Mr. West’s music that has been playing and changing over the years, we’ve also noticed his fashion evolve, drawing attention globally at any hour of the day. He tells the New York Times that, “fashion is too high a skill set. It just needs to be easy… a suit jacket is a suit jacket. A hoodie is a hoodie… it’s not about ‘fashion’, it’s about life and me [Kanye] helping it become more awesome”. Simply said, many can definitely vouch to agree that Kanye West has definitely developed a new phase of fashion.

kanye-west-RLSeeing how Kanye has transfigured himself into such a well-known figure of this new era is truly intriguing, but needless to say, his fashionable edge has definitely promoted his recognition. We look back at young Kanye a few ten or so years back. Even then, a young fashion killer flaunting his simple but chic navy blue Ralph Lauren college style sweater, West still proved to the public that he had levels to his swag; There was enough to share with everyone who laid eyes on him.

Many may sit and ask themselves, what is it about Kanye that is so to die for? Well, I mean let’s be honest, what isn’t to die for when dealing with such a creative genius? Mastering the craft of his music was one admirable trait but being able to sculpt his own high quality fashion while balancing his musical career? Now that’s something to applaud. In a BBC interview, West speaks on behalf of the importance of fashion and how it is an internal talent that he plans to never stop tending to. He speaks on behalf of both of his expertise on fashion and music and how he, “spent 80% of [his] time working on this [fashion] and 20% working on music. Why do you think the song ‘Niggas in Paris’ was called ‘Niggas in Paris’? Because niggas was in Paris”. There’s no doubt that fashion has grown to become a necessary part of Kanye West. Thankfully for him, he was able to share his love for fashion with his newly engaged fiance, Kim Kardashian, the lovely TV star, entrepreneur, and fashion designer.

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After the extravagant proposal, Kanye and Kimmy started their road to success and happiness. After impregnating the fashion heiress with the lovely baby North “Norie” West, Kanye took his first steps into parenthood, drenching his princess in of course, nothing but the finest. I mean, what would you expect from two fashionably iconic parents?

It is obvious that Kanye West has definitely stretched both the music and fashion industry into a combustive masterpiece. Standing as a genius in the studio and master in the dressing room, Kanye has conquered the game. We’ve got to give the man props – becoming the best of friends with Rap Hero Jay Z, having a number of best-selling albums and number one songs, marrying the gorgeous fashionista Kim Kardashian, father of the precious North West, and on top of it all, producing his own clothing line?! Yeah, West is definitely a miracle worker in the flesh.

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Let us take a minute and marinate in the moment of our present rap music industry. Yeah, I’m pretty sure we’re already aware of Lil Wayne, Jay Z, and Fabolous. Hell, due to popular demand and interest, we wouldn’t dare leave out our new favorite Barbie, Nicki Minaj. Though, as fine and dandy as they all are, it seems like Kanye West is receiving all the glamour, not only music wise, but fashion wise as well.

 

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Beyond Mr. West’s music that has been playing and changing over the years, we’ve also noticed his fashion evolve, drawing attention globally at any hour of the day. He tells the New York Times that, “fashion is too high a skill set. It just needs to be easy… a suit jacket is a suit jacket. A hoodie is a hoodie… it’s not about ‘fashion’, it’s about life and me [Kanye] helping it become more awesome”. Simply said, we can definitely vouch to agree that Kanye West Has definitely developed a new phase of fashion, making the tabloids a bit sweeter than it would never have been without him.

 

kanye-west-RLSeeing how Kanye has transfigured himself into such a well-known figure of this new era is truly intriguing, but needless to say, his fashionable edge has definitely pushed him further up top. We look back at young Kanye a few ten or so years back. Even then, a young fashion killer flaunting his simple but chich navy blue Ralph Lauren college style sweater, West still proved to the public that he had enough swag to share with everyone who laid eyes on him.

With hopes and dreams set on pursuing a successful music career, west dropped out of high school and began creating tasteful rhymes and tracks for Jay Z. Without a doubt, he brought more flame to the fire. Creating a spectrum of great beats and lyrics only helped him grow larger as a personal brand. the spotlight was directed in his way once he released his first album “The College Dropout” in 2002.

As one would expect, Kanye took the art of rap music as his backbone and fashion as his wife, literally. He extravagantly proposed to fashion gem Kim Kardashian and together the power couple effortlessly surprised the paparazzi and fans with something else to melt over.

EXCLUSIVE: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West shopping in New York City

 

 

 

 

Jenniah’s interpretation of Johnny Depp: Unlikely Superstar

This profile essay about famous acting star, Johnny Depp, written by Sean Smith definitely captures a lot about the unlikely stardom that was to follow. Unlike most celebrity interviews that choose to highlight and capture the bigger picture moments, Smith chose to focus even on the slightest influences that have played a role in constructing the kind of person that Johnny Depp is today. For instance, Depp informs Smith on how important and influential the birth of his daughter had become in his life, simply because, “it was like a veil being lifted”(Smith). This coming from a, “bizarre, hilarious, unsettling – even annoying”(Smith) Depp really proves to show fans and other perceivers that Depp is more than what the tabloids construct him to be.

Personality is such a key aspect that is valued in life and in Smith’s profile essay on Johnny Depp, he definitely gives his credentials toward Depp’s personality. He explains how personality has gotten Depp so far in his career and how it has molded Depp into an icon that even he didn’t anticipate to become. Comparing his talents to those of Will Smith or Julia Roberts, Smith explains that, “the force of their personalities swamps everything else. They’re more than just actors. They’re brands”(Smith). Being complemented and compared to such a degree really helps to expand the kind of talent that Depp can truthfully offer in his prospering acting career. The interview that Smith had with Johnny Depp really helped to shine a light of uniqueness toward how Depp participated in his day to day to life, giving readers a sense of who the real Johnny Depp was.

Drawn to a A Larger Scale — interpretation by Jenniah

In this article, “Drawn to a Larger Scale”, the story of a popular tattoo artist, Scott Campbell, is shared with the world. The author Alex Williams expresses the authenticity of the story, speaking on behalf of Campbell growing up as a rebellious child. As negatively as tattoos were perceived through his own family’s eyes while he was growing up, he still decided to go against the indirect threat of his mother stating, “you could murder, and I’d still be proud to call you my son. But if you get a tattoo, I’ll shoot you myself”(cite). In this quote, we see how strongly his family felt about tattoos, almost as if it is a symbol of disrespect or rebellion. Williams uses a great amount of background detail to help explain how authentic his story really is, and by doing do, he helps to create a profile that allows readers to understand what really pushed him to becoming the great artist he is today. It is these same events that helped to become so successful.

The author describes Campbell as a laid back, well respected and well connected man whose outstanding personality and obvious smarts helped pave his way into his successful group of friends. His tattooing skills qualify as art, in many perspectives because he strives to create friendships because, “tattooing is a very intimate exchange”(cite). He uses his skill of tattooing to form bonds with his clients. Williams amount of background information on Campbell helps to create the picture that not every celebrity is born into success.

What’s the Matter with Kid’s Today? – Jenniah Randall

In, “What’s the Matter with Kids Today?” an essay written by Amy Goldwasser, the study that today’s technology is only proving to consume the nation’s children into being both ignorant and anti-social, is challenged. Goldwasser feels as though, “the internet has turned teenagers into honest documentarians of their own lives” (667). In other words, regardless of how consuming technology is proving to be, it is shaping the minds of the youth in the best of ways, encouraging them to share their own personal perspectives and insight upon different matters.
Despite the fact that the internet is a continuously growing source of knowledge, Goldwasser stills highlights how disappointing it is to, “hear that one in four teens could not identify Adolf Hitler’s role in the world history” (668). She references several statistics that help reflect upon both sides of the role technology is proving to play. For instance, she calls attention to, “the average teen chooses to spend an average of 16.7 hours a week reading and writing online” (Goldwasser 669). One would assume that this is an overwhelming amount of time, but Goldwasser arguably believes that it can still prove to be affective since the teenagers today read and write for fun as a part of their daily social lives (669). She strongly supports the use of the internet, and opposes the mentality of the internet disguised as the “villain”, believing that, with given time, “teenagers [will] have the potential to become the next great voices of America” (Goldwasser 669).

Jenniah’s interpretation of “The Rise of iPad’s in the classroom” by Sarah Watson

In “The Rise of iPads in the Classroom”, an article written by Sarah Watson, a brief explanation as to why technology is becoming more valuable in different learning environments is discussed. Watson goes into great depth while trying to explain how and why the iPad plays an important role as a form of assistive technology to students that have learning disabilities. She highlights how, “desktop computers and laptops are also becoming a thing if the past… the iPad offers a sense of independence with many children, especially those with disabilities” (Watson 58). Serving for a more suitable and comfortable fit for students with a learning disability, such as autism, the iPad has helped to create stronger and more effective results when compared to the, “bulky, expensive older forms of assistive technology… [like] DynaVoxMaestro and DynaVoxDynaWrite 2.0” (Watson 58). Not only does Watson admire the usage of the iPad, but other educators do as well. Many feel that the iPad is a much more connective system of technology mainly because a variety of the students are, “visual learners and using the interactive touchscreen assists their visual needs” (Watson 60). In other words, the iPad can draw the child into being more attentive all while teaching them different social skills and a variety of subjects such as English or math. With Watson’s evidence, she helps to persuade her audience on how beneficial the use of iPads can prove to be. With Watson’s use of other cited research articles to using her own personal time to interview other teachers, she was able to support her thesis on how she feels iPads can prove to be an effective form of assistive technology to students with disabilities.

Jenniah’s reflection on blog posts

Being able to use words to describe or explain ourselves is a gift in itself.Using different forms of expression such as art or writing is a unique way to portray your ideas visually to others. With writing specifically, you’re capable of creating a more detailed idea of your personal perspective. Over the past few weeks of writing blogs in this class, I was able to notice a transformation in the complexity of my writing while notifying my ability to more clearly clarify my point of view. Reading a range of different pieces by different authors helped not only to enhance my vocabulary, but it also gave me ideas upon how to approach writing different forms of papers. I myself enjoy writing in my spare time, so I did in fact enjoy formulating my own input through these blog posts. It was a way for me to creatively express my own personal ideas on the specific topic. Rereading my work from last month in comparison to my work now is interesting because I am actually reflecting off of the work that at one point I thought was good enough. An individuals writing can always be better, and these blog posts really helped me to understand that. I notice that, even before I begin to write, I try my best to clearly understand a piece and all of the possible themes that could be in it. Doing so allows me the opportunity to have a clear standpoint on my blog’s main focus and helps to keep my writing on a steady track.

Holistic Approaches to Combatting Depression

In this essay, “Holistic Approaches to Combatting Depression”, written by Kelli Lovdahl’s, the argument is circulated around the idea that holistic approaches for curing depression are more effective than medication. With plenty of explicit evidence, she proves her ideal perspective. Lovdhal’s explains that many people who turn to meditational alternatives and use cognitive behavioral therapy to help control their depression and it’s symptoms often relapse. This fact is particularly important because it shows that this methods doesn’t prove to be helpful. Lovdhal then goes into depth about the holistic approach. She believes that this tactic will help, “basic needs, drawn from a heavily evolutionary standpoint, that we lack a proper regulation because of modernization” (Lovdahl 48). In other words, the holistic approach can help to combat depression using less medication. Lovdahl then goes on to discuss that they are beneficial, maybe because they don’t involve medication as much. She mentions the practice of meditation and how it, “has been proved to successfully reduce anxiety as much as medication such as Xanax Ativan when practiced properly, while simultaneously empowering the person” (Lovdahl 48). In this quote, readers are informed on how meditation can be more suitable for patients depression. Lovdahl stresses how the importance of energy and clear mindedness can control the flow of peace throughout a depressed mindset. Lovdahl mentions the practice of Reiki. She explains how it is important for helping with depression because a “Reiki master is able to “force” energy into its proper state – in this way, it is very easy for the patient if they are having difficulties connecting to their own energy” (Lovdahl 51). Overall she feels like the use of medication is unhelpful when trying to progress someone who is undergoing depression.

Anti-Intellectualism: Why We Hate the Smart Kids

When have our perspectives changed to feel the need to bash the smart guys? In anti-intellectualism: Why We Hate the Smart Kids, a piece written by Grant Penrod, the debate upon why intellectuals these days aren’t given their credentials, is argued. Penrod’s argument is focused around why society chooses to build up so much hostility against those who value grades and high scores, using a number of online website comments that highlight how others feel towards these “geeks” and “nerds”.

It is almost a relatively relatable subject matter for many, especially teenagers in high school. Penrod states that, “The idea of the ‘geek’ or ‘nerd’… is not a pleasant one”(Penrod 692). In other words, we all have a blatant idea of being this student who is outcasted for showing effort or concern in his or her studies, resulting in a drop in popularity so to speak. Now, this doesn’t mean that being smart and acknowledging it is always going to result in being outcasted, but it’s a matter of how far you take it. Giving up the opportunity to have a social life beyond the books is what earns you the hostility.

Penrod explains it is, “the image of intellectualism [that] is disliked as anti-social”(692). This quote in particular stood to be very insightful to me in more than one way. In my opinion it explains that it isn’t about being smart and embracing it, but being smart and letting it consume you as if nothing else is important.