William Shakespeare once dubbed public opinion the “mistress of success.” For Kanye West, that mistress has routinely reminded him of who he ought to be from the time he was a record producer to the time he publicly devoted his life and career to Jesus Christ.

To his credit, West doesn’t operate within draconian rubrics and never has. He’s not interested in currying favor with anyone, especially not now.

And while one would think that deviating from expectations would be a quality worth celebrating in industries such as fashion, art, music, media, and entertainment – the very hubs that are theoretically supposed to prop up what makes artists original and exceptional – that’s never a safe bet.

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