I love Kanye

I miss the old Kanye, straight from the 'Go Kanye
 Chop up the soul Kanye, set on his goals Kanye
 I hate the new Kanye, the bad mood Kanye
 The always rude Kanye, spaz in the news Kanye
 I miss the sweet Kanye, chop up the beats Kanye
 I gotta to say, at that time I'd like to meet Kanye
 See I invented Kanye, it wasn't any Kanyes
 And now I look and look around and there's so many Kanyes
 I used to love Kanye, I used to love Kanye
 I even had the pink Polo, I thought I was Kanye
 What if Kanye made a song, about Kanye?
 Called "I Miss The Old Kanye," man that'd be so Kanye!
 That's all it was Kanye, we still love Kanye
 And I love you like Kanye loves Kanye

While Kanye West’s “I love Kanye” may seem like his usual self-centered worship, I believe it goes a bit deeper than that… while also being a large contributor to his self centered worship. This poem allows for us to see inside Kanye’s head to see his internal struggle, to do what he wants or to adapt to what his fans want. I believe for one reason or another, Kanye felt pushed to become this angry egotistic person that he is today and is torn when fans want him to go back to the old, fun-loving self. However, he feels like if he were to go back to that version of himself, he would fall out of the spot light due to all the other “Kanyes” he refers to in line 8. He then notes that people used to love the old him and even wanted to be like him. Of course he finishes it off by recognizing that despite this struggle he feels with some of his fans, he still loves his fans as much as he loves himself.

The point of view that this is written in is one of the most important parts to this poem. It works on the level of it being spoken by Kanye himself thinking that the “Kanye” figure is bigger than him alone, it’s an idea. I believe this school of thought is best expressed in the line “man that’d be so Kanye!” It shows that the figure that is Kanye West is no longer an actual person but a set of actions and thoughts that make up a celebrity. It also works as the point of view like a fan is writing this and these are some of the many criticisms that Kanye has to deal with on a regular basis. He shows that when people reminisce about the “old Kanye” he feels forgotten about as a human being in the preset tense in the simple line of “I used to love Kanye”.  And finally the resolution that “we still love Kanye” pieces the whole idea together that no matter how little he feels appreciated, Kanye still gets love and sends it out to his fans as much as he loves himself (which is a lot).

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