News: Kanye West Questions The Disappearance Of Rock Stars, "The Fame Killed Them!"
Wednesday, Sep 23, 2009 6:25PM
Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West has broken his silence as of late by questioning, what he feels is, the disappearance of the typical "rock star" and blamed fame as its tipping point.
While keeping his words brief, Yeezy wrote in his signature all caps and expressed his feelings towards "fame."
"WHAT HAPPENED TO ALL THE ROCK STARS?," he wrote Wednesday (September 23). "THE FAME KILLED THEM!" (Kanye West's Blog)
Yeezy previously spoke with radio personality Big Boy last October about his fame and popularity as an artist having an effect on his late mother's passing.
The most crushing part of the interview was when Big Boy read a statement from Kanye in the newspaper that said: "I talk so much about labels, calling myself the Louie Vuitton Don...the irony of it all is for me to lose the most important person to me to Hollywood," and Kanye West elaborates: "I feel like if me and my mom never moved to Hollywood she would still be here." (Jen The Pen)
Fame is also the subject of Ye's upcoming tour with Lady Gaga.
West has announced another tour: the full slate of dates for his Fame Kills Starring Kanye West and Lady Gaga trek have been confirmed. Their joint trek launches November 10th in Phoenix, Arizona and stretches into 2010. Presale for the Fame Kills tour, which doesn’t leave a major media market unvisited begins September 16th, while the general onsale kicks off September 19th. (Rolling Stone)
Jay-Z recently defended Kanye against the negative feedback from his Video Music Awards outburst and said it was his passion, not the fame, which provoked his televised rant.
"[Kanye is] like my little brother, I pretty much introduced him on the first Blueprint... He's just a super passionate person, and of course it was rude because it was her moment but that's how he really felt... I think it was rude, but I don't think, the way they're treating, it's on the front of every paper, he didn't kill anybody, like, no one got harmed... At the end of the day, we're gonna celebrate him for his passion... As he grows and matures, he's got to know how to balance that. He'll learn that in the years to come...That passion wasn't fake, it wasn't staged... I don't think he should lay low, I think he should go on tour and have a brilliant career...The thing you have to realize about it, he's been that passionate from his first record, he used to jump on tables, I'm trying to make the first Blueprint and he's jumping on tables. [laughs] If he had changed because of his success, then it would be something else, then it would be a different thing but he's always been that passionate." (BBC Radio)
The rapper has received heat from fellow rappers including Raekwon, Snoop Dogg and 50 Cent.
"That was interesting," Fif said in an interview last week. "When you nominated for the first time, what you saw from me in 2004 was The Grammy's. When I went up, Evanescence won Best New Artist and it was like, I sold 12 million records. That's the largest debuting hip-hop album today and I was overlooked and I still don't have a Grammy. It's been 13 nominations. It's because I wrote the harsh realities, I've been overlooked, completely. So when you got an artist there for the first time and you go and you wanna tell them, well, you know, Beyonce is great. There's nobody that's confused in that actual area. But Taylor Swift is great and is new at that point and you can't replace it. Even an apology can't replace what it feels like for the very first time receiving that award. Now in her head, 'My first award was Kanye West.' And it's damaging, I wish he would come take one of my awards so I can black his eye and in front of everybody..." (Much Music)
Check out Mos Def defending Kanye West's VMA's move below: