This could have been a glowing review of Kanye’s new album

By Managing Editor

I was quick to forgive Kanye West after he hijacked Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech at the 2009 Video Music Awards. I tolerated him when he married into the Kardashian family. I even defended the rapper amid his infamous temper tantrum rants that defined the Yeezus era—”He sounds crazy, but if you actually listen to what he’s saying, he’s kinda right,” I would say.

As a long-time fan of Kanye West, I’ve stayed patient through the many ups and downs of his career, remaining faithful to his promise of consistently releasing quality music.

However, after recent events, I cannot bring myself to listen to—or even care about—his new album.

In tandem with the Fashion Week presentation of his latest clothing line, Yeezy Season 3, Kanye staged an elaborate unveiling of his latest album Feb. 11 in New York City’s Madison Square Garden.

Fans, models and fellow musicians and fashion designers, as well as friends and family of ‘Ye, packed into the arena, where Kanye debuted his new album, four-times-renamed to The Life of Pablo.

Among the famous models in attendance was Gigi Hadid, a close friend of Taylor Swift who was less than pleased when she caught a lyric of Kanye’s saying, “I feel like me and Taylor [Swift] might still have sex / Why? I made that bitch famous.”

Kanye has proven to be immature, misogynistic and overall problematic in too many instances. As of late, it’s getting too difficult to look the other way and just listen to his music.

Amid heavy criticism, Kanye defended his line in a series of tweets, claiming it was acceptable because he had his wife Kim Kardashian’s blessing, he asked Taylor Swift for her permission before using the line and that the word “bitch” is an endearing term in hip-hop.

Representatives of Swift refuted this reasoning, however, in a message supplied to Billboard and published in a Feb. 12 article. According to her representatives, Kanye did not call for Taylor’s approval, but instead asked to debut the song on her Twitter account without sharing the actual lyric. Swift allegedly declined the offer and advised him against releasing a song with such a strong misogynistic message.

Whether or not Taylor knew about the line and gave Kanye her blessing to use it, the lyric is offensive and difficult to ignore.

From slut-shaming Amber Rose after her ex-husband Wiz Khalifa criticized the third incarnation of Kanye’s album title, Waves, to defending Bill Cosby—whom more than 40 women have come forward with claims that he sexually assaulted them—in a Feb. 9 tweet, Kanye West is only becoming more intolerable. 

The rapper’s antics are overshadowing his music to the point that it’s getting difficult enjoy his music while conitnuing to call myself a feminist.

By nature, humans are flawed, so it is unrealistic to expect a public figure or celebrity to display perfect behavior. 

Kanye, however, has had plenty of chances to correct his errors and shown little or no interest in doing so. After all, it’s been seven years since the drama between ‘Ye and Taylor began and he still won’t let it go.

The Life of Pablo might actually deliver on the rapper’s promise of being one of the greatest albums of all time. But for the time being, I have no interest in listening.