Kanye West's Elvis Presley

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Kanye West is our Elvis Presley. Much like how Elvis altered and spread rock n’ roll, Kanye West has laid the foundation for modern hip-hop. When I say Kanye West, you think of narcissism and ego and god-complex. You think of him taking to the stage to say that George Bush “doesn’t care about black people” at a Hurricane Katrina relief broadcast. You think of the 2009 VMA’s where he famously interrupted Taylor Swift. You think of incoherent, angry, controversial Tweets. You think of a crazed and bipolar and aggressive celebrity. In short, it’s safe to say that his name carries a negative connotation with most people. However, Kanye West is responsible for numerous changes in hip-hop and music, like it or not. Much like how Elvis’ music influenced Emily Dickinson in the fictional poem Emily Dickinson and Elvis Presley in Heaven by Hans Ostrom, Kanye West has helped shape this pillar of…show more content…
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