By Hillary Crosley, with reporting by Steven Roberts
Few people can anger what seems to be the entire world and then win them over with tweets about fur pillows being difficult to sleep on. Enter Kanye West.
The Chicago MC reigned as 2010′s comeback kid proving, like many fallen and reborn artists, that music really can heal most dust-ups. We here at MTV News checked in with a few media taste makers about Mr. West and here are the highlights. Do you agree?
“I think the thing with Kanye, he really just stuck to the same script, which is basically, Iove me or hate me but the music is gonna be so great you have to deal with me,” Complex editor-in-chief Noah Callahan-Bever told MTV News. “And that’s been the story of his career since the beginning. I think this year, he happened to be loved or hated in such extremes at the end of 2009, going on a self-imposed exile in Hawaii, he really created a currency in the intrigue with what he was doing.”
“I think what Kanye learned this year is that there are plenty of ways to make noise outside of the traditional format,” New York Times music critic Jon Caramanica said. “He did select press but he made a lot of noise online, he was very active on Twitter. I think he understood quickly how to make the best use of that medium. Kanye is someone who’s given to say pretty absurd things and to have a little box where you can say an absurd thing and then one million people see that absurd thing is suited perfectly for him.”
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