Kanye West has produced works that many interpret as exhibiting the struggle of black identity in the post-modern era. In, Twisted Fantasy he could be interpreted as exploring what is known to the Self in juxtaposition to what is unknown, if the ideas he were presenting were to transcend the disconnected chaos of society. Kanye West is world renowned for his somewhat dark lyrics and the prolific imagery of his music videos. He has always gone for the shock value, in music and the real world.
While West presents images that are startling, he is reflecting society with a noticeable lack of original thought while at the same time not addressing root causes for the desolation he portrays. West is the guy on the street who saw the graffiti on the wall, recognized a lot of what people were talking about and summarized it as a reflection offering no solutions or understanding of the problems inherent in the black or of the feminine experience. He gives the worlds youth music to get lost into. Many conservatives believe that he is a bad role model, but they do not understand his lyrics because he is not speaking to them, he is speaking to the youth. It is this type of lyrical composition that has made Kanye West a household name. In the article, Celebrity, Victoria Price explains, “The origin of the unique phenomenon of twentieth-century
celebrity may be found in the words of one of America’s Founding Fathers, John Adams, who wrote, ‘‘The rewards . . . in this life are steem and admiration of others—the punishments are neglect and contempt. The desire of the esteem of others is as real a want of nature as hunger—and the neglect and contempt of the world as severe as a pain.” (Price, 463). The author suggests that fame is not at all what it is made out to be, that sometimes it is filled with pain. Andy Warhol made a prediction some time ago that where he said that everyone will be famous for at least fifteen minutes. He just doesn’t know how right he was. The world of celebrities is now filled with reality show icon, like Kim Kardashian, who Kanye is married to.
The title song on Kanye West’s album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, is entitled, Dark Fantasy. He has created the work with many other artists on the track itself. The message the lyrics deliver starts by speaking of getting high, which West does not define as being or not being a drug reference. The opening lines inform the listener that they have not “seen the current scene”, although he is, once again, not definitive about what this “scene” is leaving one to speculate. He does state that what most people know is watered down and made up centuries ago, but it is boring and he delivers a clear message that, “reality is mean”.
He seems to refer to his own fame, and states, “The plan was to drink until the pain over, But what's worse, the pain or the hangover? He ends the lyrics by talking about popping some pills and waking up in Paris with an heiress. There is much analysis in the...