Kim Kardashian says rap music reminds her of reality television. Seriously.
In an interview with V Magazine, Kanye West's girlfriend and closet makeover client compared a culture conceived in the ghetto of the South Bronx by talented youth that ultimately became a cultural movement and a worldwide phenomenon, to reality TV. Kimmy K made reference to her bold theory about the parallels between rap and reality (TV) when asked what exactly she is popular for.
“It's always funny to me when people say that I'm famous for being famous,” Kim says, frankly. “I think it's fascinating, because it's still entertainment, you know? It's fun to see the progression of that idea. I don't take offense to it at all. I'm not naïve to the fact that I'm not a singer or an actress or anything like that. I've never claimed to be anything that I'm not. I think [reality] is still a new form of entertainment that was kind of an unexpected thing.” Perhaps this sensibility, too, reflects the influence of Kanye. She offers a curious analogy: “It reminds me of rap music.”
And this is where things get Hip-Hop Struggle 101.
“When rap music first came out, people were like, We don't understand this, what is this, it's just a fad. But rap music is definitely here to stay, and I think reality shows have proven they are as well. But when something is newer, people don't really understand it.” As more television genres go the way of the analog tube, why shouldn't there be room to explore the potential of a new family dynamic? “You can see that soap operas aren't on the air as much anymore. I think reality shows are taking over that genre, but I think the draw to our show is that we are relatable. I get it all the time, people saying, ‘I don't have any sisters, but you make me feel like I'm part of the family,' or, ‘I have four sisters and it reminds me of you guys!' I think it's just a new world with social media. The interaction I have with my fans and the access is so much fun to me. I love that connection.”
To Kim's credit, much popular rap music is as phony and scripted as any episode of your favorite reality television show. Check Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta's rating if you don't think so. However, good rap music (no pun) requires skill, talent, savvy and even some innovation. Not exactly the adjectives that readily come to mind when describing reality TV that primarily relies on ratchetness and tomfoolery for ratings.
What do you think of Kim Kardashian's theory? Out of respect for Yeezy perfect bi...ahem, keep the slander to a minimum folks. Check out photos from the V Magazine shoot in the gallery.
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