Firstly, I’m pretty sure I read something about Kanye West being back in the studio on his official blog, but sometimes it’s hard to tell exactly what the hell he’s trying to say when he types on that thing. According to the NY Times, he was talking about going back into the studio. Complain all you want about Kanye’s ego, but he was, undeniably, the most important solo artist of the past decade. Not only did he remind us what a rock star is supposed to be like (what with the stage crashes, political comments, and all that shit), but he also reinvented his genre, both musically and lyrically. Kanye West successfully killed gangsta rap, paving the way for the increased success of Mos Def, Common, Drake, Kid CuDi, and one of my favorite up-and-comers, J. Cole. There’s simply no way to argue against this dynamo of an artist; the entirety of the music world should be anxiously awaiting his return. Plus, have you heard his guest verses lately? The dude is on fire, so don’t expect another sappy record about Robocops and Pinocchio.

In other Kanye news, West’s new live CD/DVD from his VH1 Storytellers special can now be purchased here, among other places.

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