Monday, December 06, 2010

"[H]is work ethic has always been impressive, and the aspirational side of him is specific, and fierce, even within hip-hop, a genre that isn’t shy about equating success with money. 'Kon the Louis Vuitton Don,' one of West’s early mix tapes, was part of a transformation from the man who provided Jay-Z and Mos Def with beats to the one who wanted to out-rap his clients. The shift has been partly successful."

(qv. discussions of the "service economy of art" with Neaera)

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