News: Kanye West Checks Ego, "I Am Finally Growing Into My Manhood At 31"
Sunday, May 31, 2009 2:00PM
Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West recently addressed his growth as a "man" and promised to be more appreciative of his fans.
Yeezy claims he now places more emphasis onto appreciation.
"I'm not more humble but more gracious," Ye said in an interview. "If you look up the definitions of the word humble, it's all negative connotations, like one should bow down. I can only be fully me, and be fully appreciative of others, especially my fans. So I show my appreciation. If someone wants to take a picture with me or stop and talk to me because they appreciate my work, then I should absolutely show them that in return. Instead of having someone take a picture of me at 5 A.M. when I'm irritated and tired. I'm glad to say I am finally growing into my manhood at 31. At the end of the day, I hope people will say, 'That guy really cares about quality and wants to be an example and have a better life and inspire others to as well.'" (Essence)
He previously addressed his exaggerated depiction on "South Park" last month.
"'South Park' murdered me last night and it's pretty funny," Ye wrote via his blog unmodified. "It hurts my feelings but what can you expect from 'South Park!' I actually have been working on my ego though. Having the crazy ego is played out at this point in my life and career. I use to use it to build up my esteem when nobody believed in me. Now that people do believe and support my music and products the best response is thank-you instead of 'I told you so!!!' It's cool to talk sh*t when you're rapping but not in real life. When you meet Lil Wayne in person he's the nicest guy for example...I'm sure the writers at 'South Park' are really nice people in real life." (Kanye West's Blog)
Ye recently announced plans to kick-off a Stay In School Benefit Concert in Illinois next month.
West broke the news (through his Facebook page) about a a performance at the Chicago Theatre on June 11. But this is no ordinary event; it's the second Stay In School Benefit Concert. The event is sponsored by the Kanye West Foundation, which was founded by the rapper's late mother, Dr. Donda West, with the goal of stemming academic dropout rates. The performance will be taped by the Fuse network, and will air sometime during the summer. (Chicago Defender)
While certain tickets will be free, the event will also feature a priced VIP section.
Tickets go on sale this week and range from $50 to $500 for the VIP reception. There's more than just a concert going on a lot more. Approximately 3,000 inner-city and Chicago-area students will get to hear Kanye's sound check at noon and meet the rapper. (Time Out Chicago)