“Gaga’s Madonna”

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009, 3:16 pm by Ben Salmon

I find Kanye West’s blog endlessly entertaining, whether he’s posting on things that catch his eye (music, fashion, architecture, women), or ranting so hard he might break his MacBook Air!!!!!!!! Today, he threw up a gem of a post complimenting the paparazzi on what he deems a “fresh” photo of Rihanna.

It is a pretty cool photo, though maybe not as cool as Kanye thinks. But as is his wont, Kanye can’t stop at just props for the paparazzi. Instead, he delves into the relationship between photogs and the “legends” they’re covering, complete with a comparison of modern-day pop stars to those of yesteryear:

“I LOOK AT OUR CURRENT SUPERSTARS LIKE LEGENDS IN THE MAKING… LIKE JUSTIN IS THE NEW MIKE , BEYONCE’S THE NEW TINA TURNER, GAGA’S MADONNA, JAY IS SINATRA… WAYNE IS HENDRIX, THOM YORKE IS ROGER WATERS, THESE ARE THE CHAMPIONS AND SHOULD BE DOCUMENTED AS SUCH.”

That’s good stuff. Justin Timberlake the new Mike (Jackson, presumably)? Reasonable. Beyonce = Tina. OK. Thom Yorke is Roger Waters? Look at Kanye flashing the proggy-Brit-rocker knowledge! And does he mean Jay-Z is the new Sinatra? And Lil Wayne is a modern Jimi Hendrix? Each is a stretch in my mind, but I can see it, I guess: Jay-Z is the dapper, classy godfather of modern rap, and Wayne’s a talented, wild personality with a flair for the dramatic (not to mention a rock jones).

But wait … Lady Gaga is the new Madonna? *Urp* Swing and a miss on that one, Kanye.

More on Lady Gaga in an upcoming post on the Frequency blog, but for now, let’s turn the question to you, dear reader: If Justin is the new Mike, and so on and so on, what classic star’s image/career/trajectory does Kanye West recall? Leave your ideas in the comments…

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4 Responses to ““Gaga’s Madonna””

  1. Goo says:

    If Chan Marshall and Jenny Lewis had a kid and named her Lady Gaga it would look like this:

    http://drawonthewalls.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/portraits-14a-lady-gaga.jpg

    It would not be the modern day Madonna.

    However, this is a modern day rip off of Madonna liner notes:

    http://www.post2share.com/lyrics/ladygaga/1.jpg

  2. A.C. says:

    Kanye is such a drama queen. He’s the new Axl Rose.

  3. Ben Salmon says:

    If Kanye is the new Axl Rose, then who is that dude from Nickelback?

  4. A.C. says:

    That dude from Nickelback is some long-haired guy who puts out crappy music!!!!!

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