Dear Parent in the struggle,
I wish I had all the facts to answer your question better but I will try my best. I do have a few questions.
Which Kanye was he listening to? There are different versions of Kanye.
What is your problem with Kanye? Does his personal life and perceived lack of decorum with media bother you?
Do you monitor everything your son consumes with objectivity? What other politicians, I mean artists, are on your ‘ban’ list?
There are two different Kanye’s, and you must distinguish between them.
If he was listening to the ‘College Dropout’ Kanye West then owe your son an apology. The College Dropout Kanye will ensure your son follows his dreams and loves his momma unconditionally. College Dropout Kanye didn’t tolerate racism or prejudice. This version of Kanye is responsible for your son’s bravery and drive. Your son goes to school inspired after listening to Kanye and does things like stand up for that one kid that keeps getting bullied or gets morning announcement duties and proclaims over the loudspeaker that the principal doesn’t care about black people. Does your son unapologetically tell the truth? If so, thank College Dropout Kanye. You should never punish your son for listening to this Kanye. Don’t ban the old Kanye, straight from the Go Kanye.
If he was listening to Yeezy, Yeezus, or ‘burning bridges Yeezy Yeezy’ then you have a better case. I love rap music and Kanye is one of my favorites but I don’t listen to a whole album from these alter egos and I’m an adult. I’m almost sure My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy opens a portal to Hell when you listen to it so I don’t play that album often; only at an enemies house. Yeezus makes me feel like I’m cheating on my church. ‘Burning bridges Yeezy Yeezy’ makes me turn on my closest allies without a reason and had me one absentee ballot away from voting for Trump.
Don’t ban the old Kanye, straight from the Go Kanye.
I also wonder if there’s a bigger issue; It’s almost as if you despise Kanye the person. His music isn’t more vulgar than his peers. Most mainstream rappers have bad lyrics. Heck, sometimes KidzBop remakes a rap song, substitutes the cuss words and you still have a thirteen-year-old singing about sexual assault and recreational drug use.
Does his personal his personal life that bothers you? Does being patient and marrying the girl of your dreams, dressing her in oversized ripped sweaters on a 120-degree day and having beautiful kids with her bother you that much? This isn’t a crime.
Do the rants bother you? I’ll admit I cringed when he interrupted Taylor Swift. Now when he’s at an awards show, I’m on the edge of my seat like a Kermit Meme. I cried a little when he attacked Jay-Z and Beyonce on stage followed by his endorsement of Donald Trump. This was a tough time for Kanye fans everywhere. Still, the punishment doesn’t fit the crime.
We all make parenting mistakes we’re not proud of. When I hand down a harsh punishment and stick to it because of pride and wanting my child to respect me leaves me remorseful. If you punish your son for listening to the greatest rapper of all time that is prideful and you will regret it.
I would also have to know the other rules in your home. For instance, is your son allowed watch the news or follow Donald Trump’s tweets? His twitter will teach you how to be a predator, deny the truth in favor of a lie and call people names then threaten them with big shiny buttons. I’d argue, it’s more dangerous to let your son sit in front of the TV or use social media than it is to listen to Kanye.
I don’t think you should punish him but make sure you check for Pagan symbols under rugs or curtains you never move in your home. Otherwise, this is a non-issue.