Kanye West Releasing Emo Synth Remix of Amy Winehouse's "Back To Black"
For a while there, Kanye West was the least popular man on Earth.
But his career didn't start off that way. In fact, if you told Crossfade that the fresh-faced and manic MC who released that crazy-ass "Jesus Walks" single would one day be the bonafide sultan of swag, we would have made our skeptical face, which consists of crossed-eyes and our tongue hanging limp from the left side of our mouth.
His debut album, The College Dropout, had critics raving about hip-hop's own face, finally refreshed with sensitivity and emotion. Everything Kanye has done since, though, has confirmed that rap's mug looks less like a baby's and more like a Roman Emperor sick with power.
The outlandishly cocky statements, the repeat award show crashings ... Kanye West is a bonafide, self-obsessed anti-hero and his latest grab for attention -- a tribute to the recently deceased Amy Winehouse -- promises to be especially annoying.
Winehouse's "Back to Black" was one of two big singles -- alongside breakout hit "Rehab" -- that catapulted the ill-fated R&B-slash-soul vocalist to the top. The song and its accompanying video capture her aesthetic mission with utmost accuracy: black and white with cigarette smoke lingering and everyone dressed to the nines. To be frank, it's the flyest funeral procession maybe ever.
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West has been telling the world that on his redux of Winehouse's now-classic track he'll be "singing from the heart -- with synthesizers." Hey, let's read that again: singing from the heart -- with synthesizers. Oh, great, Ye! Something new and different! And this time you might get a few extra Twitter hash tags for piggybacking on Amy Winehouse's death.
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