Ye, Otto Weininger, The Thin White Duke, Yukio Mishima, and Pink Floyd’s The Wall. Stream-of-consciousness notes by Quinton Mitchell

Everything is falling apart.

Not sure where to begin so this will be a series of bullet points in a stream-of-consciousness format…

  1. I already talked about how Kanye “Ye” is essentially acting like the main character of Pink Floyd’s The Wall (played by Bob Geldof). It’s too similar it’s scary. A rock-n-roll star driven to madness who has delusions of being a fascist leader, where this imaginary character built from his psychosis, is meant to purge all his inner fears and trauma ranging from the. loss of his parent, difficulties with women, and the stess of being a celebrity.
  2. This next comparison I’ll write is how other musical artists play with fascism. Whereas David Bowie with his Thin White Duke character, Marylin Manson, maybe even Nico of The Velvet Underground, Darby Crash of The Germs (who adored Bowie and later died by suicide), etc., played with fascism as an aesthetic or for shock value (Nico, maybe not so much….because she was actually racist).
  3. Artists play with fascism often by being ironic to bring into light how celebrity worship is similar to the cult-of-personality of an authoritarian (a character study), but Kanye isn’t playing or maybe he is but he’s so far gone that its not funny. It’s disturbing.
  4. But, Ye might be in part attempting to out do Bowie etc by being real and not just symbolic.
  5. Ye has internalized fascism but I wouldn’t be suprised if Ye is also lazily impersonating Pink Floyd’s The Wall, and trying to out do Bowie on top of him having mental health issues. I’ve experienced loss, sadness, etc, and like Kanye, a forner hero of mine, I had a vast wealth of knowledge bubbling in my brain. But I didn’t go crazy. Thats what’s sad. Ye for claiming to be so strong but isn’t. If I could pull myself up as a regular guy then Ye can too but he’s lost in the sauce of his out of control brain. Part of me feels that Kanye is not profound but rather he vibes off other people’s stuff and mashes it together in a sort of postmodern pop culture mash up like how Tarantino smashes Italian spagethhi western with French New wave with Japanese Harakiri inspired revenge Cinema. Kanye is profound simply for the fact he inserted a sense of deeper thinking into mainstream hip hop which by the late 90s was still gangster rap but that genre – come the new millennium – was over done, particularly with the two scions of Biggie and Tupac being killed.
  6. Mainstream Hip hop culture was mostly limited in its expression (unlike underground or alternative artists) but many fans of Kanye never picked up the sources, pop culture references, etc.
  7. For example, I talked about how Ye is very similar to Otto Weininger, a Jewish philosopher from the Vienna Scene that gave us the likes of Carl Jung, Sigmund Frued, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Stefan Zweig but also Hitler, Tito and Stalin. Otto renounced his faith because he felt Judaism was effeminate whereas Western Christianity was the masculine ideal. Otto took his own life and later the Nazis used his work to justify their ideology. This appropriation of Otto by the Nazis seems similar to what Nick Fuentes of America First is doing.
  8. Ye, black man to black man, is that he’s battling between a sort of “either/or”(Soren Kierkegaard), “to be or not to be” (Hamlet) dilemma. A black man in Western Civilization where you’re torn between the old notion of the “house” and “the field”, but what if there’s no distinction? Maybe such simplistic “dialectcal” distinctions are simply social engineering to ensure black folk don’t “learn too much” about the society that landed on us?
  9. To ask such questions and go up against the status quo be it against black people, the white racist, or white liberal, is an act of punk rock.
  10. Before Ye’s Antisemitic fall from grace, he was a a black man telling everyone he wasn’t going to be a slave. He was going to “will himself to power” (i.e., Triumph of The Will or Fredrich Neiztche, etc.) and transcend what I call the “racial dialectic” and express himself the way he wanted. If anything another profound thing of Ye is he’s sort of like Icarus. He tried to fly to the sun but his wings melted and he lost his mind.
  11. Ye is like Yukio Mishima before his suppuku.
  12. Ye is done. Good. Instead of the light he chose the dark. But I don’t feel anyone is talking about him like I’m talking about him. Everyone else is focusing on the speech which is valid and needs to be addressed yet no one is going talking about Ye being a black man who simply wanted to forge his own path, make his own style.
  13. Ye was an inevitability