Kanye needs to return to the studio and keep to the beats.
That shit is embarrassing for humanity.
Using too much auto-tune IS like using too much wah-wah. Which explains why it is inexplicably bad, a crutch for lacking actual creativity and originality. If you can't sing, just don't sing at all, or do it sparingly. If you can't play an original slick guitar lead, don't use the wah-wah, play two chords and record it on a four track.
Don't even get me started on all the gender-role flipping, misogynist bullshit he's peddling to people, who are sadly eating it up. Why did people completely stop thinking about the music they listen to?
I think you might need to examine all the things that are more embarassing for humanity than Kanye West's new album.
"If you can't sing, just don't sing at all"??? really now? Do you really want to get into the specifics of what it means to Sing or Not to Sing? If you're attemping to place any sort of standard on Good singing and Bad singing please let me know what that standard is based upon. I'm really all ears. People throw around superlatives on this board like they're uninspired band names.
And "gender-role flipping, misogynist bullshit"? What?! If you're drunk, dude, that's cool. I've said dumber things. Maybe I'm missing your point. I probably am. So I won't launch into a tirade until you explain yourself more. Maybe you should throw the misogynist label on several hundred other groups who deserve it much more than Kanye.
Look, I'm the last person who's going to police performers into the proper way of singing, whether they're "in tune" or not, proper pitch, etc. Those standards have never mattered to me. When I say somebody can't sing well, what I mean is they can't sing in an interesting manner. Did you think the way he sang on SNL was interesting? Did it make you think, or at least make you move? Really...
I was a big fan of Kanye circa his first two records. I defended his flow when I lot of people were saying he couldn't rap, shouldn't be doing it, etc. I thought what he had to say was against the grain, and that he was touching upon issue that needed pushed in modern Rap/RnB/Pop music in general. It was good shit, fun to listen to, and it made you think. You can go back to the first song on his first album for a perfect example, "We Don't Care".
The gender-role flipping comment is pretty self-explanatory. Kanye has painted himself as a victim on almost every track on this album, at least the ones I've heard. I just looked at the lyrics from the album, and really, every song is about how he has been punished by this woman. Then there's the lines about how there's no Gucci that could ever heal his wounds or whatever. This is gender-role flipping, for a man to want to go shopping to cheer him up. It's like Kanye he's started a new movement (over these last two records) that is his version of feminism, I guess you could call it masculinism.
Here's a piece from "Heartless".
In the night, I hear them talk the coldest story ever told
Somewhere far along this road, he lost his soul
To a woman so heartless [echoes 3X]
How could you be so heartless [echoes 3X]
Oh, how could you be so heartless?
How could you be so cold as the winter wind when it breeze yo
Just remember that you talking to me yo
You need to watch the way you talking to me yo
I mean after all the things that we been through
I mean after all the things we got into
Ayo, I know there are some things that you ain't told me
Ayo, I did some things but that's the old me
And now you wanna get me back and you gonna show me
So you walk around like you don't know me
You got a new friend, well I got homies
But in the end it's still so lonely
How could you be so Dr. Evil?
You bringing out a side of me that I don't know
I decided we weren't gonna speak so
Why we up 3 A.M. on the phone?
Why though she be so mad at me for?
Homie I don't know she's hot and cold
I won't stop wont mess my groove up
Cause I already know how this thing go
You run and tell your friends that you're leaving me
They say that they don't see what you see in me
You wait a couple months then you gonna see
You'll never find nobody better than me
I don't know, I could go into it more and write a nice essay about it, but I've noticed over the last few years how Kanye has set an example for young me to spend clothes on fancy things (like women have historically in the past in Pop culture), cry a river when he is wronged, and then not even give this woman a chance to fire back, which is a little unfair. So she is obviously going to be considered a wicked woman by all of his listeners. But then he'll turn around and sing about this momma and everything's okay.
My question is, and I'd like to know since I haven't heard all this album, is does Kanye find himself at fault at all for his heartbreak?
I know this is a little too serious for some on a topic that people don't want to be taken seriously, but Kanye's words are heard by a lot of people, and they take him seriously. Now I know when it comes down to it, his songs are fun to dance to, to drive around to, his beats still rule, etc., and that for much of the time we can't just ignore the lyrics. But I just wanted to call the guy out for shit that's been bugging me for a while now. Kanye has the biggest arena in Pop music and this is what he gives us?