For a few unbelievably long months, it seemed Kanye West was officially done with Twitter. Save for the occasional album announcement, it was all quiet on the 'Ye front, a tragedy for those of us who grew to love his frantic tweets about throwing "some kazoo on this bitch" or his all-caps rants about his artistry. Finally, after six weeks, West has broken his social media silence, and the wait was worth it. On his Twitter account, the rapper shared a behind the scenes look at the Watch the Throne tour. The video includes some classic Yeezy-isms, including his particularly delusional hope that world leaders will attend his funeral.
The clip accurately captures the grandiosity that is the Watch the Throne tour — lasers are flashing every other second, the audience is a pit of shadows holding up phones and fists, a video of a dog barking plays on the JumboTron. But Kanye's voice-over is the true chef d'oeuvre; while on the screen a silent 'Ye prepares for the show — he adjusts his loudly-patterned shirt, he layers on gold jewelry — the rapper's disembodied voice shares thoughts on power and legacy with grave seriousness.
What does Kanye want? "I am in pursuit of awesomeness. Excellence is the bare minimum." What does Kanye do? "I'm not trying to say that what I do is the most important thing that's happening on the planet but what I'm doing is necessary." And what does Kanye think about the end of Kanye?
"I was just thinking about my funeral a couple of days ago and thinking who would be at the funeral. People who I want to be in the funeral? I wanna have world leaders that were, like affected, that said, you know, 'Kanye gave me my shot here.' Or 'he pushed me,' or 'he told me to believe in myself,' or 'when I saw this, it made me feel like that.' I wanna affect people like that when I, like, pass away."
Well, while you may have affected President Bush, Kanye, I'm not sure that he would attend your funeral (or that we really want to consider him a "world leader"). Maybe you should have followed Jay-Z's lead and penned a moving political anthem like "My President is Black"? A song like that is bound to inspire.