Sunday, April 03, 2011

Let It Be Known That From This Day Forth, I Am A Fan Of Kanye West

I've never been a huge Kanye West fan. Nothing against the guy, it's just not my preferred brand of hip-hop. I tend to like things a bit, I don't know...grimier. But I'm a fan now because last South by Southwest, he did this:



That band behind him is from Austin's very own Reagan High School, the Soul Raider Marching Band. Reagan, by many standards, is considered to be one of the worst high schools in the city, and hilariously enough, it's where our kids are zoned to go based on where we currently live (hint: not exactly the best area of town). My wife and I are all over the map as to the question of whether we're willing to send the boys there when the time comes. The school's got plenty of problems, the stats don't lie. But that's the thing about statistics: as honest as they may be, as much of a story as they may tell, they don't quite manage to tell the whole story. It's so cool to see these kids get an opportunity like this.

9 comments:

Rene/ Not The Rockefellers said...

How badass is that ?!
If I were there I would have been crying my eyes out...just at the spectacle of it all. And those kids up there just killin' it with Kanye!

sybil law said...

I don't mean to interrupt, but ...

Ha!
Anyway, Kanye makes me nuts, however cool that may be.
You know I understand your school situation. The school Gilda would've gone to is fairly violent, too - because know kids that have gone there. That's why she's in private school.

dbs said...

Always great to see anyone supporting youth and education.

Tim said...

It should be said that while Reagan is known for being violent. It does not actually have the matching crime statistics.

Homemaker Man said...

We're looking at the same conundrum in our neck of the urban post-industrial economic downturn woods.

The difference being that while the stats are bad, we know for certain that the superintendent is a moron and a thief as well. So we've got that going for us.

The school my wife teaches at gets a worse rap for violence than it deserves, too. White fright.

I enjoy kanye as long as I'm not looking at him.

Whit said...

It's nice to see Kanye be something other than a punchline.

flutter said...

that was cool of him, but he is still a total douche hole

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some thing different and cool of him.

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i copy you... cool.