THE ISSUE: During an editorial board meeting, the issue of artistic expression arose. Is it all right to enjoy an artist if his or her lyrics disagree with your morals? The board did not reach a consensus. These viewpoints hope to answer the question, using rapper Kanye West as a case study for the larger issue. You can read the counterpoint here.
Kanye West is, like any artist should be, expressing himself.
West displays something that many artists fail to achieve in a lifetime: complete honesty.
West lays it all out there on the plate for fans — his ego, his anger, his darkness and his imperfections.
He is able to perfectly mesh his personality into his music in a way that makes them nearly indistinguishable. Just listen to “I Love Kanye” from his most recent album.