This week, Tre’vell and Jarrett are talking about rapper, clothing designer and all-around Stunt Queen Kanye West.
West came onto the scene in the aughts as a producer wunderkind and created classic tracks for artists like Jay Z, Talib Kweli and Alicia Keys. He soon pivoted into a career as a rapper and gained fame in 2003 with the hit song “Through the Wire.” Even then, as Kanye rapped through a jaw wired shut after a car accident, audiences could see the drive and determination in Kanye the artist.
Kanye changed the course of hip hop. Without Yeezy you have no Drake. No Tyler. No Cudi.
But Kanye’s ride to the top has been a bumpy one.
There was the untimely death of his mother early in his career which many have speculated as a reason for his various mental breaks. There have been numerous antics in front of and behind the cameras. Not to mention the marriage to Kim Kardashian which left many fans stunned!
It hasn’t been easy to be a Kanye fan. Jarrett and Tre’vell dissect the good, the bad and the what the heck of Kanye the artist, Kanye the advocate for Black lives and Kanye the (alleged) presidential candidate.
Pass the Popcorn
This week, we’re not throwing away our shot to talk about Hamilton in movie form. It just premiered this past weekend on Disney Plus but some people have a bone to pick with the production’s artistic choices, specifically its decision to leave the topic of savery largely on the cutting room floor. If you missed Jaclyn Firedman’s twitter thread on it you can catch it here.
A dishonorable mention for closed-captioning and its inability to code switch and transcribe Black and Brown voices accurately. Let’s hire more Black and Brown transcribers.
Also, a dishonorable mention to the NFL and all the other institutions making surface-level changes to appease Black people without actually listening to the action items Black people have demanded.
Tre’vell has an honorable mention for Patrik Ian Polk for bringing Noah’s Ark back for a special reunion show! Now, can we get a reboot?
A mention goes out to Ms. Halle Berry for first considering, then turning down a role as a Trans person. You shouldn’t have done it to begin with but at least you learned something today, Catwoman.
Lastly, an honorable mention is in order for Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham. Their new book, “Black Future,” is available for pre-order here.
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Sometimes the people, places, and things we love don’t love us back. We’re fans, but we also have some ANTI- feelings toward them. Every week on FANTI, journalists Tre’vell Anderson and jarrett hill bring their pop culture and political expertise to things we must stan and stand up against. FANTI is a place where nuance reigns supreme with energetic, complicated, and sometimes difficult conversations that bring deep knowledge and thoughtful perspective to the things we love and rage about, from the White House to the Real House(wives).
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