Thursday, May 30, 2024

Kanye West, off Twitter for Almost A Year, Returns Spewing “Philosophy” Like “Controversy is my gym”: Is he having another breakdown?


“oh by the way this is my book that I’m writing in real time. No publisher or publicist will tell me what to put where or how many pages to write. This is not a financial opportunity this is an innate need to be expressive.”

I told you the other day that Kanye West was back on Twitter after nearly a year away. Twitter founder Jack Dorsey even welcomed him back. But things have gone south since then with Kanye spewing “philosophy” and posting at the manic rate right before his 2017 departure. Is he brilliant? (Yes, in a way.) But is he having a manic episode? So far he’s running at 10 Tweets a day, mostly aphoristic one liners.

You do learn a little of how his mind works. Take sampling, a rapper’s main shtick. Kanye writes: too much emphasis is put on originality. Feel free to take ideas and update them at your will all great artist take and update…

find myself getting stuck in the idea of originality and letting my ego push me to say things like “this person stole this from me” and the funny thing is it’ll be a reference I took from somewhere…Cars have four wheels. Hoodies have hoods. It’s amusing to me when some one says this is an original hoodie. Bro… it’s a hoodie

A lot of it is euphoric, which I can’t say I don’t admire.

Be here now. Be in the moment. The now is the greatest moment of our lives and it just keeps getting better. The bad parts the boring parts the parts with high anxiety. Embrace every moment for its greatness. This is life. This is the greatest movie we will ever see.

And there are several references about being lied to, and the value of truth. truth is my goal. Controversy is my gym. I’ll do a hundred reps of controversy for a 6 pack of truth

When Kanye left Twitter last year, it was just as he’d finished several barrages of narrative, attacks, and observations. Since then we haven’t heard much from him. At one point earlier this year he was rumored to have gone to a retreat in the mountains to work on a new album.

It’s not like there’s no reaction at home. Kim Kardashian, his wife and mother of his children, had this exchange with John Legend’s wife, Chrissie Teigen, also on Twitter:

to be continued…

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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