In the latest twist along Kanye West’s long road to redemption, the rapper/producer/art-imitates-life auteur TOOK TO HIS BLOG to humbly thank Entertainment Weekly for naming his The College Dropout as the best album of the decade, a perhaps unexpectedly graceful turn that suggests just how far he’ll go to let bygones be bygones.
Because re-producing Kanye’s post with strictly correct grammar, punctuation or ANY lowercase letters would just dilute his message, here’s a screengrab of his thank-you to EW, including a stream of shout-outs to others who put all their passion and energy into creating his acclaimed 2004 debut (and in another conciliatory gesture, a little love for sometimes-rival 50 Cent):
Is that whiplash we’re feeling? This sure feels like a 180—it’s quite a far cry from Kanye’s feelings about Entertainment Weekly back in 2008: after EW gave Graduation a B- rating, reviewer Chris Willman gave ‘Ye’s Glow In The Dark tour a B+ review and Kanye went, uh, full-on s#@!house crazy:
“What’s a B+ mean? I’m an extremist. It’s either pass or fail! A+ or F-! You know what, fuck you and the whole fucking staff!!! I know I shouldn’t dignify this with a comment, but the reviewer threw a jab at all the artists. I just wanna know when was the last time you enjoyed yourself. If you can’t have fun and lose yourself at this tour it’s a good chance you’re a very miserable person. I actually feel sorry for you guys. Your job forces you to not have fun anymore… You don’t know shit about passion and art. You’ll never gain credibility at this rate. You’re fucking trash! I make art. You can’t rate this. I’m a real person. I’m not a pop star. I don’t care about anything but making great art. Never come 2 one of my shows ever again, you’re not invited and if you see me…BOW!!”
See, all Kanye needed was a little encouragement—and the acknowledgment that he’s at the very top of the 00s heap. We bet West would even give free tickets to EW‘s staff to his upcoming tour, if, sigh, only there was one.
Still, even without a tour and despite (or because of) all the drama surrounding him this year, Kanye was still named Billboard’s Top Male Artist of 2009 (ironically alongside Taylor Swift, of all people). We’re looking forward to his thank-you notes for that honor, and even moreso for his latest #1 ranking.