I was recently reading an article on Kanye West and of course, he’s never in the papers for doing anything sane. A couple of days ago, he was performing in Toronto, Canada, but during his performance, there were technical difficulties. 13 minutes into the concert he threw his mic and bopped off the stage! Anyone who knows anything about Kanye West wouldn’t be surprised at this behaviour, the Telegraph even described him as having a ‘not-so rare off day.’
Kanye has punched cameramen, declared himself to be God, and has stormed out of Award shows for not winning awards he believed that he deserved. He even told Taylor Swift during her acceptance speech that she doesn’t deserve her MTV Award because ‘Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time.’ He shrugged his shoulders and walked away like he always does when he says something outrageous. In fact, he almost did it again to an artist called Beck in February this year.
If you don’t know much about Kanye, I’ve left a few of his best quotes below so you can get an idea of what he’s like:
• “I am God’s vessel. But my greatest pain in life is that I will never be able to see myself perform live.”
• “It’s like this, by not giving my album a classic rating; you diminish your magazine’s credibility.”
• “I’m doing pretty good as far as geniuses go… I’m like a machine. I’m a robot. You cannot offend a robot… I’m going down as a legend, whether or not you like me or not. I am the new Jim Morrison. I am the new Kurt Cobain… The Bible had 20, 30, 40, 50 characters in it. You don’t think that I would be one of the characters of today’s modern Bible?”
• “When someone comes up and says something like, ‘I am a god,’ everybody says ‘Who does he think he is?’ I just told you who I thought I was. A god. I just told you.”
• “Don’t nobody care about what Obama wearing. You care about the sweatshirt I got on because I know you like, ‘That sweatshirt rocks!’”
• [On his line “Everything I’m not made me everything I am”]: “In my humble opinion, that’s a prophetic statement. Gandhi would have said something like that.”
It’s clear he has an ego problem, so much so that he even sang a song about how big his ego is. But the truth is, you can’t knock what he has achieved! Kanye West has only been releasing albums for about 10 years, and in this time, he has already won 21 Grammy’s! Apart from his first album, which made it to number 2, every single one of his albums has been number 1 on the US billboard charts! He has received 90 awards out of over 357 nominations and he now has his own fashion line.
On top of that, he is also an AMAZING performer, I’ve been to see him live and words can’t describe how incredible that concert was! I would easily pay a lot of money to see him again, the experience was unforgettable! He sings, preaches, prophesy’s and criticises the world system in almost every concert yet it’s all part of the “Kanye experience” lol!
He gets away with a lot because of how talented he is, how much he has achieved and because arguably, he is the best hip hop artist of our generation! But…
God doesn’t work like that and your bad habits have consequences. I was looking at the life of Moses, and like Kanye and many of us, Moses had a bad habit: his anger.
God warned him again and again that there was no excuse for it, and Moses said something that really stuck with me – “If you will treat me like this, kill me at once, if I find favor in your sight, that I may not see my wretchedness.” (Numbers 11:15)
At the time, the Israelites found everything to complain about, from their hardships to the food they had to eat and every complaint was directed at Moses. Like many of us would, he was always getting frustrated, always losing his temper. The spoilt brats in this story were clearly the Israelites, yet God was still saying, I know this is hard but you cannot get angry! Many of us would scream, ‘But it’s not fair God!!! It’s not my fault!!! How can you expect me not to get angry when all they do is complain at me!’
One thing I’ve learnt from this story is that when in situations like this, the best perspective to look at it from is that God is allowing this to happen so I can see the flesh in me and fix it accordingly. Situations that bring out the worst in you are opportunities to look inward, regardless of whether you are in the right or in the wrong.
Moses said what many of us would have said – “Let me not see my wretchedness”, I am in the right in this situation and I have every right to be angry, I refuse to look at the faults this situation has shown in me and work on it because I am in the right! The only people that need to learn something from this situation are the Israelites!
I don’t know what your bad habit is but God may have tried to bring it to light again and again, don’t ignore it like Moses, he didn’t make it into the Promise Land because of it. In fact, all that Moses had achieved up to this point couldn’t even speak for him in the end!