News: Kanye West Set To Give Brain In '14

Sunday, Dec 29, 2013 9:21AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West may not be the only person believing he is a genius as reports claim Yeezy will have an unofficial textbook dropping next year entitled The Cultural Impact of Kanye West.

According to reports, the 300-page read will offer an in-depth look at Ye's social influence.

The evolution of hip-hop academia has given us everything from rappers teaching university classes to symposiums on the theories of Hov-ian sociology. The only thing lacking was an unofficial textbook -- that is, until now. Enter the bible of all things Ye. Due out March 6th, Julius Bailey's The Cultural Impact of Kanye West is a 300-plus-page examination of the zeitgeist known as Yeezy. As the book's description touts, it's an in-depth analysis at the "moral and social implications of West's words, images and music in the broader context of Western civilization's preconceived ideas." Having edited a collection of essays on Jay-Z, Bailey is somewhat of an ambassador for scholarly hip-hop, and has even written a book on philosophical hip-hop musings. We're writhing in anticipation for the inevitable Kanye critique. (Consequence of Sound)

Recently, hip-hop artist Lupe Fiasco called Kanye the best rapper alive.

"I think Kanye's the biggest artist in the world," Lupe added. "I think he's bigger than Drake, I think he's bigger than Wayne, I think he's bigger than Jay. I think his footprint, if he chose to do it, he'd be bigger than everybody if he really wanted to. That's just Lupe's personal opinion. I'll see you on Twitter later." ("Whoolywood Shuffle")

Recently, Def Jam Records co-founder Russell Simmons wrote a blog post about Ye's genius characteristics.

"We will no longer be lost in the world and we will survive in this America. I believe these truths to be self-evident. That is what Kanye West told me on a cold morning in New York City just seven days ago. It is his genius, his tenacity, his creativity, his relentlessness and his madness, that will allow us all to one day have the ability to touch the sky." (Global Grind)

Last month, Kanye detailed how much of a genius he believed he was.

"I would write creative genius when I go through the airport ... I would put that on customs [forms], where you put what your title is, except for two reasons: it takes too long to write and sometimes I spell the word genius wrong," he continued. (Hot 107.9)

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