The Atlantic

Kanye West Strains His Voice on Jesus Is King

The rapper’s Christian album is not a departure from his values but an intensification of them: boldness over coherence.
Source: Amy Harris / AP

Why does Kanye West matter? One reason is that he’s made the world rethink the human voice. In the early 2000s, his take on the “chipmunk soul” style of rap production used classic vocals for the retro-future fun that pop culture now devours. He later presided over the evolution of auto-tune and other vocal-manipulation tools from being seen as pitch-correcting crutches to being seen as instruments with as much versatility as a guitar. He used his own voice in ways that seemed incongruous to pop, to musicality, and to celebrity: rapping through a wired jaw; screaming and panting and “Huh!”ing in hits; making ill-timed blurts about presidents and prizes.

In this way, West stayed on trend with broader advancements in or made , the ancient logic of songcraft and the steadying power of the rap beat were employed exactingly. Wilding out within boundaries is West’s appeal, and not coincidentally, all of pop music’s too.

Anda sedang membaca pratinjau, daftarlah untuk membaca selengkapnya.

Minat Terkait

Lainnya dari The Atlantic

The Atlantic9 mnt membacaAmerican Government
An Incompetent Authoritarian Is Still a Catastrophe
So what if he was bad at it? The five years of the Trump era—which began with his descent down the gilded escalator in Trump Tower in 2015 and are ending with a massive military presence in the nation’s capital to protect the transfer of power to his
The Atlantic8 mnt membacaPolitics
Coexistence Is the Only Option
Millions of Americans sympathize with the Capitol insurrection. Everyone else must figure out how to live alongside them.
The Atlantic9 mnt membacaAmerican Government
America Desperately Needs a New Age of Moral Leadership
Following Trump’s intensely polarizing presidency, Biden’s message of decency, truth, constitutional integrity, and care for one another is more imperative than ever.