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Reader: Kanye is a child, not the center of the cultural universe

"To which I ask, What has been Kanye’s biggest area of influence? I can guarantee it’s not music."

"To which I ask, What has been Kanye’s biggest area of influence? I can guarantee it’s not music."

Jason Bakken responds to Kanye's right: He is more influential than any other human being:

"Let me summarize this article. (Feel free to read it yourself, but trust me: I’m doing you a favor.)

"Kanye was recently caught spewing garbage bravado about being 50 percent more influential than, among others, Picasso and the Apostle Paul. The author of this basically says Kanye is right in saying so and to back up this claim he states “who else?”

"His point being that Picasso couldn’t sell out Madison Square Garden this Thursday and Kanye could. I’m not sure how that is an argument, but I do know the definition of influence (yes, words mean things) is: ‘the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone or something, or the effect itself.’

"To which I ask, What has been Kanye’s biggest area of influence? I can guarantee it’s not music. The author assumes it’s an accepted reality that hip-hop is the most vital form of musical expression in pop music.

"I contend there are no vital performers or artists in pop music currently. The biggest names will never be remembered for their music. They won’t even be remembered for a song, meaning that today’s biggest stars in pop are unable to achieve something Vanilla Ice did.

"Kanye is a child. His music is forgettable. And his influence is largely of a negative variety."