I see Kanye West from a few different perspectives.
In my opinion, he does have a good fashion sense, and is one of the few artists that has left the old hip hop image behind. For a while, I had the idea that Kanye was just a self absorbed, flamboyant/obnoxious douche bag. From “George Bush hates black people” to “I’ma let you finish, but Beyonce had the best album of the year”, Kanye seemed to have a knack for pissing people off. At first I thought he did stuff like this purely because he is a dick, but then I realized that all of the stunts that he pulls are part of an ongoing plan to keep him in the spotlight. Everything is calculated and controlled. Now, storming the stage at the MTV Music Video awards, shows that in his pursuit of the spotlight, he is still a prick, but as much as people loathed him afterwards, he has only become more popular.
So, that being said, I prefer to look at him as a mad scientist/artist, best exemplified by his latest endeavor, a short film combining a medley of songs from his most recent album, “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” with a visual drama composed by him.
The movie is said to be influenced by film noir and concerns a fallen phoenix whom Kanye falls in love with. Check it:
Of course, there is Kanye’s fashion sense, which I think is worth noting:
So, there you have it. Musician, Fashionista, Director, Douche Bag.