Essentially, Kanye West continues to be Kanye West.
If you thought Kanye and Taylor Swift was the oddest collaboration of the week then you were sorely mistaken, as it transpires Will Smith is planning a musical comeback with Kanye West at the helm. In other news, Kanye has made a typically inflammatory and nonsensical set of comments, the crux of which seems to be that he and Paul McCartney make such a great music pairing because Kanye has ‘angst’ like John Lennon.
It’s going to be a long day, isn’t it?
Okay, one ridiculous story at a time. First, the Grammy award winning (yeah, I forgot about that too) Will Smith is thinking about making a musical comeback, and of course the “Wild, Wild West” rapper has turned to Kanye for assistance. Speaking at a screening of new film, ‘Focus’, he revealed:
I went into the studio with Kanye. I’m thinking about it. I’m not sure what I’m going to do yet but I’m exploring. I’m in a creative ceiling. My son tells me I have to write out the things I don’t like. I can’t write and stop, I have to keep going and going and write them out.
The idea of Will Smith making a musical comeback is a little cringe-worthy. Whilst he was certainly entertaining back in the day, and there’s no denying he had flow, the industry has changed and evolved and his particular style of rap has got somewhat left behind. Smith would realistically have to either market himself as a novelty throw-back act or try to emulate a more current sound – the former being demeaning and the latter looks a little desperate.
It would seem that by enlisting Yeezy’s help, Smith’s very much staking his flag in the second camp, which is arguably the better of the two options, but the third, secret option of leaving well-enough alone and focusing on acting seems to be a far smarter idea. Nonetheless, it’ll be interesting to see what the power-pair come up with, and whilst I wouldn’t be down for a new Will Smith album, a featured role on a track from Kanye’s forthcoming album may actually be bearable.
Meanwhile, speaking to Ryan Seacrest yesterday, Kanye West had this to say about his other high profile collaboration. No, not Taylor Swift, the other, other one:
We just went in and we vibed out. As you can see, I might be a little bit more ‘angst’ than Paul [McCartney.] And remember the last time when Paul had somebody really ‘angst’ working with him, the type of music they made?
Perhaps hearing the collective intake of breath from fans of the original British invaders, Kanye added:
Hey, everyone, America, I’m not comparing myself to John Lennon! I’m just saying I’m ‘angst’ a bit like John Lennon. And the tension, the ‘salt and pepper’. I mean, maybe that’s bad because it sounds like ‘black and white’, but the tension creates a new magic. The pressure creates the diamond from the coal. And he came in with the best vibes ever. And I said, ‘Four, five seconds from wildin’,’ and he said, ‘It’s great, everyone’. And we just had that.
Make of that what you will, but it seems Kanye’s on a mission to re-establish himself as the most ludicrous person in the music industry. I’m guessing he’ll probably succeed.
What do you think? Will Smith’s comeback, yay or nay? Kanye West and John Lennon, peas in a pod? Kanye West, genius or lunatic? Sound off in Exhale.