I like Kanye man. Actually...I love him. I really do. His last album "Yeezus" is incredible. I mean to me, it's my cup of gasoline. I can listen to it over and over. Just brilliant. What he can do with music, audio...the harmonies in his mind...being able to realize and translate those ideas onto a record using the techniques he uses....he's a rare, rare talent. That's incredibly difficult to achieve. He was told he couldn't be a rapper while he was producing. Then the car accident that nearly killed him. He recorded an album, rapped on the album, with his jaw wired shut and created one his first hits as a solo artist, "Through The Wire". It must have taken everything he had to muster up the strength to step up like that. And he succeeded.
That being said. He is also, at times, a big mouthed idiot.
Selling records, achieving astronomical wealth and being surrounded by people who are too afraid to tell you the truth can amplify this in people apparently.
Someone needs to step up and tell him:
Shut the F$ck up.
You're taking it too far.
You sound like an idiot and you're going to insult the wrong people one day."
He gave an interview recently and claimed he was risking his life on stage...
Then compared himself to men and women in the armed forces and police officers.
Apparently on his "Yeezus" tour, he stands on a moving mountain...and if he slipped, "you never know." (His words)
The exact quote is as follows:
"I’m just giving of my body on the stage and putting my life at risk, literally.….and I think about it. I think about my family and I’m like, wow, this is like being a police officer or something, in war or something.”
p>Come on man.
Enter Ohio Police Officer David Oliver.
He drafted a response to Kanye and posted it here on the Brimfield Police Department's Facebook page
I felt it was importantly to share, I encourage going to the page and liking it if you like it. Some have complained, as it's gotten a ton of press, that it's racist.
Personally, I'd be the first one to call that out if I felt it were so...and what I do see here isn't racism, but someone getting insulted and standing up for his brothers and sisters.
Brimfield Police Department
Dear Kanye West,
I am honored to be writing such an important star. I am a mere Internet sensation. I’m not sure I am worthy to address you, although the Huffington Post did say I was “Humorous and Insanely Popular.” I don't pay much attention to those things. Anyway, please excuse my interference in your life for a quick second.
I read your interview and also watched it on video. You said:
“I’m just giving of my body on the stage and putting my life at risk, literally.….and I think about it. I think about my family and I’m like, wow, this is like being a police officer or something, in war or something.”
I want to thank you for putting your life on the line for all of us every day. I know that being a rapper is tough work. I have tried to rap, and it is very difficult to keep up with the pulse of the rhyme flow…although when Ice Ice Baby comes on the radio, I can usually keep up with ol’ Vanilla. Anywho, your job is just some very dangerous work. Most people don't consider... if you rap really fast, without a chance to inhale, you could pass out and hit your head.
That last paragraph was covered in sarcasm. I’m letting you know, just so you do not think I agree with your very ignorant assessment of your career (or any other performer)as it relates to a person in the military or a police officer’s service. You sir, are as misguided as they come. I do have a suggestion for you. Since you are accustomed to danger, from your life as an international rapper, I am strongly encouraging you immediately abandon you career as a super star and join the military. After joining, I would like you to volunteer to be deployed in Afghanistan or one of the numerous other forward locations where our men an women are currently serving. When the Taliban starts shooting at you, perhaps you could stand up and let the words flow. It could be something like “I’m Kanye West, wearing a flak vest.” I’m sure they would just drop weapons and surrender. You could quite possibly end all wars, just from the enemy being star-struck.
Your line of thinking is part of the problem in the world today….which include entertainers thinking they are something more than just entertainers. I know it is supply and demand and the demand for your services is high. I get economics. What I do not get is you EVER comparing what you do for a living to our heroic military members, who are always in harm’s way… and my brother and sister police officers who have to go to work carrying weapons and wearing a bullet-proof vest to protect themselves.
Check yourself, before you wreck yourself….Chief Oliver.