Kanye West is not one to mince his words. As we saw on Sunday night during the 57th Grammy Awards - and, of course, during the 2009 Grammys - Mr. West is not afraid to speak his mind. A self-proclaimed defender of artistry, Kanye has been discussing (read: ranting about) the music industry’s hindrance of creativity and its pandering towards corporate sponsors at the expense of real music for years.
Debate his tactics and methods for expressing himself if you’d like, but at least he has the guts to make his voice heard.
We could all take a lesson from Kanye. We complain about matters that bother us on a daily - high costs of college tuition and student loan debt, potholes on our streets, those sneaky red-light cameras - but what do we do to let our opinion be known? For the most part, we all know where to find the community organizations to participate in; we know that we ought to vote; we know where to find our City Councilperson’s email and phone number. But what we really need is to know that our voices are being heard.
The bright side is that there is power in numbers. If more people openly expressed similar opinions as Kanye, perhaps the music industry really could change. If you and your friends and your family and your colleagues and your neighbors and your barista all came together to share your thoughts about the world, our communities really could change. Good thing there’s already a platform where all of that could happen right on your mobile phone!
Be a Kanye. Be Heard.