OK. So I just watched the Kanye interview. Not only did he talk about his internalized homophobia (though I would have liked to see him interrogate masculinity a little more) and the root causes of it, but he turned to the camera, and put a call out for rappers to “stop it.”
I think that’s kinda big. Merv called me immediately, giggling like a fool. I am now interested in what the fallout will be in hip-hop.
On a sceond note, what was also interesting was that Sway’s interviewing skills were like, so superb. After Kanye’s arrogant rant in the beginning, Sway turned the conversation to Kanye’s break with Damon Dash, who discovered Kanye and convinced Jay-Z and Roc-a-fella to sign him. He asked Kanye, “Do you feel like that was a betrayal?” or something like that. Kanye’s whole demeanor changed. And he sat still for about 10-15 seconds – eons on TV, double eons on MTV. And he answered the question super-honestly.
Now, I SOOOOOO don’t want the white orgs to get to him first. I am making some calls first thing tomorrow.
OK. I am still reeling a little bit. What are your thoughts?