Kanye West and His Impact on Urban Culture

Dimitri Gobin

“I’m Really Happy For You And I’ma Let You Finish, But Kanye West Had The Biggest Urban Culture Impact…OF ALL TIME!”

Throughout time there have been few people who have made major contributions to urban culture. Few celebrities have had a bigger cultural impact than Kanye West. The adversity West has overcome is a feat almost impossible to top. He is a talent that is rarely come across. His brash decisions to speak out on his unusual opinions have landed West in massive scandals numerous times. Kanye West’s talent is not to be questioned, as it has gained universal acclaim and an abundant number of accolades. West also possesses a certain style that has set a standard as to how the average person in an urban environment dresses. Without Kanye West, the current state of urban culture wouldn’t be moulded the way it is.

It is known that Kanye West is eager to speak his mind on what he believes is right. In 2005, he and Mike Myers shared a segment on “A Concert for Hurricane Relief” which was a benefit show for Hurricane Katrina. During the segment, West spoke about the treatment of African Americans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the little help he believed they were receiving from the government. The climax of the controversy was when he decided to say “George Bush doesn't care about black people.” This caused outrage nationwide as people criticized him for his bluntness. Others praised him for stating what people have been trying to say for a while. In a recent interview, George W. Bush said that his incident with West was the most disgusting moment in his presidency. Last year, Kanye West was involved in an incident with Taylor Swift at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. Swift had beat Beyoncé’s for Best Female Video,   Kanye West stormed onto the stage saying “Yo Taylor, I'm really happy for you. I'll let you finish, but Beyoncé has one of the best videos of all time. One of the best videos of all time!" This caused a media uproar as...