Kanye may be f***ed up but his art is unassailable

by Bob Schwartz

When Rhianna ran through her greatest hits at Super Bowl halftime, one of them was not actually hers. All of the Lights is a track from Kanye West’s album My Dark Twisted Fantasy (2011) on which she is featured. So Kanye made it to the Super Bowl through the side or back door.

That album is a masterpiece. Not just my favorite hip-hop album, but one of my favorite pop albums ever. A work of art in performance and production.

Whenever we hear the latest Kanye news, we are pushed to consider the tension between the artist as person, the artist as artist, and the art. So whatever you think about Kanye, listen without prejudice to this amazing work. I just did once again and I am, as always, blown away.