Beautifully, kindly, and succinctly expressed petition by my brother Andrew Forde here. If I may add a bit about Kanye's musical exploits though cuz seriously. Kanye has sold 21 million albums and 100 million digital downloads. That's really good. He has also won 21 Grammy Awards. That's more Grammys than any artist of his generation and the 8th most of anyone ever. Also really good. Kanye West has released 6 full-length albums. His 1st was immediately hailed as a classic that smashed the artificial boundary between "underground" and "commercial" hip hop. His 2nd release, less than 2 years later, was arguably better, according to critics. His 3rd album spawned many of his biggest hits ("Stronger", "The Good Life", "Can't Tell Me Nothin"), while his 4th album was recently called one of the most influential albums of all-time by Rolling Stone magazine. That album, again, boldly altered the course of hip hop and affected all of popular music. Despite these achievements, it's actually his 5th album that most critics and fans consider his best to date. How is that possible, you ask? Exactly. And finally his 6th album was merely yet another bold sonic shift that topped most critics polls for Album of the Year for 2013. So that's 6 for 6. All universally acclaimed, wildly popular albums released over the course of 10 years. I can't think of another artist in the history of popular music that has achieved and sustained that level of excellence - critical acclaim and commercial success - over that many albums, over that many years. During that same stretch, Kanye also made 2 collaborative albums, was a featured artist on countless other tracks, and produced for other artists across a range of genres. On top of all that basically unparalleled success as a recording artist and producer, Kanye is also renowned as a performer, and has also consistently been one of the boldest, most politically provocative artists in the mainstream. I don't have time to talk about his citizenship or his wife or why those conversations are hugely problematic to me to begin with. This is just to say that in terms of artistry and track record as a performer, Kanye West is pretty much unassailable. Cuz music is subjective but stats people. Anyways, sign below if you feel so inclined! Happy birthday to me and Nelson Mandela. Love to you all, sk. Link
Well, my time at q has come to a close. It's been an honour and a JOY to serve in this role! Countless fascinating guests and don't even get me started on my colleagues: Smart, funny, and dedicated is just the beginning. The show will continue and in great hands with Tom Power - an excellent host and a great guy. My relationship with the CBC remains strong. We're discussing the possibility of developing a new show together. In the meantime and either way, I'm looking forward to having more time to put into music and I'm grateful for an amazing experience. Thanks for your love and support on this adventure!