Kanye West has become synonymous with innovation and controversy within the music industry. His work spans multiple genres and always pushes the boundaries of what music can be. His recent single, Man Across the Sea, is no exception - full of symbolism and complex arrangements, it captured our zeitgeist like no other track could. Many fans of his have taken to social media platforms such as Twitter to discuss what its lyrics may mean or what message they may be trying to send about him as an artist.
This song appears to be a reflection of feelings of disconnection with ones heritage or roots. By mixing African drum patterns with haunting choral vocals reminiscent of Gregorian chants and haunting African drum beats with haunting Gregorian-chant-inspired choral vocals from haunting choir vocals from Africa, Gregorian-chant vocals create an ancient yet modern musical tapestry which calls out for younger generations to connect more fully with their heritage and explore culture more. Its powerful message particularly given today's political climate where many differing viewpoints exist regarding how best America should progress and develop in terms of how best this should happen in regards to what its future looks like.
Kanye West's production on this track stands out from his catalog in more ways than one; he breaks from traditional hip-hop with its use of Roland TR-808 drum machines and heavy Auto-Tune usage throughout. This unconventional approach to production has won audiences and critics alike acclaim, quickly becoming an instant classic.
Kanye West continues his legacy of creating works of art with this track, cementing his status as a thinker in society while at the same time finding inner peace through music.
Man Across the Sea is an incredible testament to this. This song has inspired conversations across the nation about identity, family and heritage; many universities and discussion groups have used this track as an entryway into debating these sensitive subjects and how they affect everyday Americans' lives.
Kanye West is no stranger to stirring up controversy with his outspoken opinions and fashion sense. He has often drawn fire for wearing white YEEZY shirt during Paris Fashion Week or his now deleted tweet of "death con 3," referencing Jews. But this year has seen Kanye enjoying a calmer lifestyle after marrying longtime partner Bianca Censori and has led fans of his to speculate about releasing new album in 2023 based on an unconfirmed list of songs for this alleged project that have appeared online.