I wasn’t home on Saturday night, and I hadn’t set the DVR to record, so I only this morning learned of the Kanye West “lip syncing” event. After seeing various video clips, I think something needs to be established: That wasn’t lip syncing, he just can’t sing. Kanye West is a number of things. He’s extremely arrogant, he’s a tremendous producer, and he’s a good performer. He is not a good singer, and above all he is not a great rapper.

Yeah, I said it.

But I-66, he sells millions of records. Surely that’s an indication of his rapping prowess.

No, that’s an indication that he knows what sells. He’s good at putting together a song with a beat you can dance to and a catchy hook. If you want a lyricist, look elsewhere. Kanye has said in the past that the Wu-Tang Clan has influenced him greatly, but when you hear something like this:

They be asking us questions, harass and arrest us
Saying “we eat pieces of shit like you for breakfast”
Huh? Y’all eat pieces of shit? What’s the basis?
We ain’t going nowhere but got suits and cases

…you might think Adam Sandler had something to do with it.

I’m not saying you shouldn’t buy his album, and this is not to say anything about his crown of thorns, or his poor timing when it comes to political stances. I’m not saying that songs like Love Lockdown, despite the excessive repitition of “I’m not lovin’ you the way I wanted to”, and Gold Digger aren’t enjoyable songs. What I’m saying is that without an autotuner and a background singer, Kanye can’t sing. Add to that the fact that he’s a sub-par rapper, and you begin to wonder why he thinks so much of himself.


5 Responses

  1. I have to admit, his “Mama” song got me…

    but that’s about it.

    Considering the circumstances, that is not inexcusable.

  2. Is that the guy who wears those funny sunglasses?

    Yes, and preppy and/or ugly sweaters. Many.

  3. This was from SNL? I don’t even remember at this point, the weekend was such a blur.

    But I did see him perform, possibly this past saturday night, and that caterwauling mess was a nightmare. He should have a laryngectomy. *shudder*

    Yeah it was SNL. From what I saw, he just couldn’t hit certain notes so he didn’t sing them, but you could hear his background singing.

  4. Adam Sandler’s lawyers will be in touch.

  5. I know a lot of people who worked today, 66′er. Have a Merry Christmas. Now I need to get MY You Tube Christmas up.

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