On Tuesday Kanye West announced that he was going to do a tribute album of all David Bowie music and it’s said to include straight covers of Bowie’s music with West singing actual lyrics and others just rapping to the music. Now there hasn’t been the best response to that announcement, actually its been quite bad. There is even a petition going around with thousands of signatures, 22,901 at the time of this writing, with intentions of stopping the album from happening claiming it would be ‘Sacrilege’.
Last known photo of David Bowie
The Petition was created by Peter Pirahna and the description reads: ‘David Bowie was one of the single most important musicians of the 20th and 21st century, it would be a sacrilege to let it be ruined by Kanye West.’
West has attempted to cover iconic muscicians in the past. He briefly attempted Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen at the Glastonbury Festival in England last June but he forgot the words, or didnt ever know the words, and had to be bailed out by the huge crowd. Although it was hard to make out the lyrics from the crowd with all the booing going on. So when I say he ‘attempted’ I really mean he brutalized so if that is any indication of what he has in mind for this David Bowie Tribute I can definitely see why some people are so hellbent on preventing West from making the album.
Previous reports have stated that Kanye views himself as a spiritual successor to Bowie for musical innovation and reinvention and ‘He is determined to carry on Davids work as a musical innnovator. He says that the torch has been passed to him’ claimed a source to The Daily Star. With the constant shenanigans that Kanye West seems to get into i’m sure this is not the last we will hear about this.