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Is Kanye West a musical genius?

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Kevin Stringer
October 25, 2019 5:41PM

The use of the word "genius" is often debated; some feel that the potency of the word's intended meaning has been diluted by over-usage. The history of Western music has included many talents who pushed the boundaries of what audiences thought possible at the time, such as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, John Cage, and many more. These artists might be considered geniuses today for their effect on music's direction as a whole, so to judge a current artist's level of "genius" might be difficult before their discography is complete and the total effect they have on artists to come can be fully appreciated.

In Kanye West's specific case, he's called himself "a God" (even releasing a song in reference to this claim), and has also self-identified as a genius on multiple occasions. His arrogant attitude has definitely led people to question him, but putting that aside, what has Kanye accomplished musically? The gold standard of awards in the music industry is the GRAMMYs, of which he's received the seventh-most in history. As of 2019, Kanye has won 21 GRAMMYs from 69 total nominations.

On a side note, this Community Manager definitely thinks Kanye has the gifts to be considered genius. His understanding of production and the ways that he's explored the possibilities within music production is truly new and innovative. I look forward to new releases of his always, because he continues to push his own boundaries and release music like I've never heard before.

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crtdesuiexh
October 27, 2019 8:01PM
no he trash
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Skye M
October 27, 2019 5:53AM
This is a matter of opinion
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Mary Nelson
October 28, 2019 6:32PM
no
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cliffordbphilli
October 30, 2019 9:57AM
No
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Tariq Abdur-Rahman
October 25, 2019 6:13PM
Yes he is
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Matt V
October 30, 2019 12:19AM
It depends all on preference do you like retardation or not is the question you should be asking.
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eric dumptee
November 20, 2019 11:01PM
naw, he is a relig nutcase
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Evelyn Easter
November 21, 2019 4:50PM
duh.
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SHADOW STUFFLEBEAM
October 30, 2019 3:11PM
yes he could be considered that
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Jada Williams
October 30, 2019 4:09PM
Yes he is because all of his songs are a top HIT!!!
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TK421
November 07, 2019 7:29PM
No, he's a gay fish.
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Fluttershy
November 19, 2019 5:34PM
Yes, he is not trash crtdesuiexh
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Evelyn Easter
November 19, 2019 7:48PM
yes
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lambertbob
November 20, 2019 3:19PM
He is very talented but too call him a genius is pushing it.
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Bre Rose
October 30, 2019 1:04AM
Without being bias ones musical abililtes has to accessed from a musical theory standpoint aka No he's not. He dosen't fit into the category of being alongside the greats.
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Ethan Thompson
October 29, 2019 10:42PM
no lol
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WILKINYAEL MENDEZ
October 29, 2019 4:59PM
Yes
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katelynn1
October 26, 2019 9:57PM
yep
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Mackenzie Johnson
October 30, 2019 4:55PM
i say no because what if she is just really good at music
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