How has Kanye West negatively and positively influenced our culture? Kanye West has had one of the best musical discography of all time. His innovation in the music industry has pushed all types of genres of music forward whether it be with new lyrics, instruments, auto-tune, or performing. He has placed his views on religion, people, and culture as a whole front and center. Never afraid to say how he feels. His opinions can be viewed one of two ways, abrasive, or genius. There is no doubt he has affected our generation, but in what way is the question. He has been known for single handedly innovating the music industry to new heights whether it be from new sound, fashion or stage ideas. He is the first modern day rap rock star. But has his vision and ideas made us become thinkers and doers, and strive for innovation, or has he taught us that rules do not apply us? Is this Cultural Phenom really good for us? I want to find out peoples true perception of Kanye. He is a bigger than life person with an even bigger mouth, so I want to see if they view Kanye as the abrasive person who can not control himself, or if they really pay attention to him and listen/view his art. It is really a case of if you judge a book by it’s cover or if you look in depth at the person and his discography.