Do you guys miss Kanye's old blog as much as I do? It was way better than most celebrity blogs, though that's not saying much, for a multitude of reasons, chief amongst them being that he actually shared things he was into rather than simply putting on brands that were paying him to do so (shouts to his baby moms for eating off that though). He took the time to dispel celebrity gossip and get weirdly (Read: brilliantly) personal at unexpected times, keeping daily readers like myself borderline thirsty for more. For many modern-day Internet hustlers, KanyeUniverseCity.com/blog was some type of education on the best of the best in fashion, streetwear, shoes, music, film and crazy ass woodland architecture. Its departure was somewhat painful—our digital alma mater has officially closed its doors forever.
Yet the blog wasn't just an educational tool for aspiring culture writers. Its value as an online representation of Kanye's perpetual knack for trend forecasting becomes extremely evident by looking deep into his archives. He championed styles, artists and behaviors that, while commonplace today, were seldom heard of an Internet lifetime ago. Of course, that's not to say Kanye was ALWAYS some sort of modern day Blogstradmus. He put on tons of things that never really made it into the pop culture landscape or even off of his own website. But at the end of the day, whether or not his blog was always correct in forecasting trends does not detract from its significance as a portal into the mind of one of today's most polarizing and complicated celebrities.
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Jake Woolf is a writer living in New York City. You can read his blog here and follow him on Twitter here.