Kanye West + King Crimson = Kanye
Every time I hear a few seconds of pop music, I really begin to wonder what the hell people are listening to. Generally, it’s really bad, but still.
So anyways, I’m big on the band King Crimson, as I may have let on occasionally, or perhaps not. And apparently this famous Kanye West guy (nothing more than a gay fish) decides to sample one or two seconds of the one KC song possibly qualified to be a “hit” – 21st Century Schizoid Man. Admittedly, it’s not the big intro riff, nor is it the chaotic breakdown in the middle, just Greg Lake’s heavily distorted refrain that is the title, so it’s pretty insignificant. But people are astounded about this.
Technically, they’re not astounded, they’re just covering this rapper fellow in considerable detail because that’s what they do. And he’s been around for several albums and some production, so he’s not exactly confined to complete obedience of every pop stereotype (although he might, since it’s profitable). But still, KC seems relatively obscure to most people, does it not?
And besides, is this going to do much for King Crimson? A lot of rock and metal musicians have taken influence from them, but the average pop listener? Kinda doubt it. They’ll probably take one look at the sampled song, see a 7 minute runtime, think “omg its 2 hard” and scurry off to bury themselves in medical waste. If they get to any of the other songs, they’re not exactly in the pop demographic.
Incidentally, KC’s first rumblings were in 1968/1969. Here’s something relatively from 2003. Same band, drastically different lineup, different sound. Robert Fripp remains the core of the band. If you want to look up King Crimson, I suggest such albums as “Lark’s Tongues in Aspic” (1973), “Red” (1974), “Discipline” (1981) and “The Power to Believe” (2003). And you might as well get their debut too, but much of their discography is criminally underknown.