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Kanye West - Reanimator Paperback – August 18, 2015
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A hilarious and at times graphic tribute to both The Greatest Artist of All Time and H.P. Lovecraft, Kanye West: Reanimator is clever and poignant satire with a darkly comedic tone throughout that will leave you laughing and shaking our head at Yeezus' misfortunes with reanimating the dead with the power of his music. A comedy that isn't afraid to pull its punches and knows damn well what it's talking about, Chaplinsky has crafted a lovely ridiculous tale that wouldn't really surprise me if this turned out to be true.
All I can hope is that Biggie will come back another time in peace and not covered with sewage.
This slim book centers on Kanye West’s come up in the music industry and juxtaposes the story of the Reanimator with West’s widely successful music career. We follow West as he struggles to be recognized for both his production skills as well as his rapping. Somewhere along the way, he becomes obsessed with reanimating the dead via his potent music.
The story is told by a Lovecraftian narrator who poses as West’s friend throughout the book and co-conspirator in West’s efforts to re-animate the dead. The prose may be off-putting to those unfamiliar with Lovecraft’s work, but the rhythm should be easy to get used to.
Kanye stans with an open mind should enjoy the hell out of this book. I can see a few people getting a little mad because a few jabs are taken at Kanye. However, it’s done in good taste and it’s obvious the author knows Kanye’s musical path pretty well.
Kanye West Reanimator is quirky yet entertaining biography of Kanye filtered through a Lovecraftian lens. It’s a testament to Chaplinsky’s skills as a writer that he could take two different worlds (hip-hop and Lovecraft) and seamlessly stitch them together into a helluva entertaining book.
Kanye is depicted hilariously – self obsessed and bathed in his own radiance. He is a diva ready to throw a fit at the drop of a hat who thinks the world revolves around him. Kanye’s original goal was to reanimate hip-hop music which he saw as having been destroyed by the likes of Hey Ya! from OutKast. Kanye’s music and talent proved so powerful that he discovered he could use it to reanimate the dead. As it turns out, the only way to check a track’s “freshness” is to see its effect when plugged directly into a corpse. The author consistently pokes fun at Kanye, from his toilet habits to his use of auto-tune vocals. It will definitely make you laugh. There is also the ambiguous relationship between Kanye and our narrator which is constantly hinted at and had me cracking up.
There are lots of jokes about the music industry and popular hip-hop artists both living and dead. One of the major accomplishments of Kanye’s insane musical experiments is bringing Biggie Smalls back to life. We experience many of Kanye’s life events from this skewed perspective: album recordings, the train-wreck marriage to Kim Kardashian that became the abomination known as Kimye, the birth of North West, and confrontations with rival musicians.
The language is a mixture of Lovecraft’s antiquated prose and modern hip-hop language, which provides a great contrast.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was nicely surprised by this book's character and wit. What seems like a gimmick is more of a social experiment. It's a re-imagining of a classic tale in a modern setting. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Jason Paul Preston
You know what? Didn't think I'd like it but it was worth reading. The author definitely knows his Lovecraft...and I now know far more about Kanye West than I ever wanted to know.Published 28 days ago by random consumer
Awesome. Dr West brings life as the re-animator. Bringing the 9mm to Biggie smaller really takes the cake...or makes it.Published 4 months ago by John Morton
You know how sometimes something sounds so crazy that it might be brilliant—and then it doesn't come together? This isn't that. Read morePublished 5 months ago by RWHart
We live in times when remix culture has been outed and overtly acknowledged as exemplified in this "ludicrously" juxtaposed recombinant piece of story telling.Published 6 months ago by RavenB&W
In the same style as Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Kanye West: Reanimator blends history and literature into a hilarious combination. Read morePublished 6 months ago by William W.
The book isn't as good as its cover. To be fair though, it's a big cover to live up to.Published 7 months ago by Lucas W. Spann