OPINION WORLD: ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Kanye West
Since I wasn’t around to do the whole “it’s-the-end-of-the-year-review,” I’m waiting until the actual year is OVER to reflect on 2010. With that said, the artist of 2010 is easily Mr. Kanye West.
Let’s start with the basics. Who else could come out better than before after the myriad of controversy surrounding his whole speech interruption fiasco a year before. Not only does Kanye emerge from virtual oblivion, but he excites fans (and non-fans) with his participation in the wonderful world of Twitter. He rants about materialistic things like only Kanye could. His tweets became such a big deal, many websites created “Top Kanye Tweets of the Week” posts. And in an unprecedented move by an artist of his caliber, Mr. West vowed to release a new song every Friday until Christmas titling them G.O.O.D. Fridays. Aside from a few Saturday or *ahem* Sunday releases, Kanye kept his word up until the release of his epic album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. The album was proceeded by a short movie of the same name (and sound), a number of performances, and interesting outfit choices. Kanye West would not be who he is without a rant about something or someone. Matt Lauer was his most recent victim after an appearance on the The Today Show.
As much as I admire Jay-Z, Kanye West takes the Artist of the Year honors, hands down. A fellow blogger, 360 Ice Cold Entertainment, had a recent poll reviewing 2010. In his artist of the year category, I left this comment:
Kanye West hands down. What other artist could release a short movie, a new track (almost) every Friday, AND a hot album. He created excitement for MUSIC this year like no other artist could. He single-handely had a majority of the nation waiting by their computers on Friday nights for his latest track. And then he dropped an artistically forward album. He has no competition this year. Period!!
And I still feel the same way. If any one artist truly transcends one genre of music, it is Kanye West. Expectations are equally met & unfulfilled, yet you are rarely disappointed.
*Editor’s note: I am fully aware of the overuse of the word “epic.” But if My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy doesn’t constitute the use of epic, I don’t know what does.