I must admit that this blog post has me very excited, for the past 10 years I have been creating a body of research based on the architecture of LeCorbusier and its unintended social implications and subsequent environmental backdrop in Hip Hop. Click here for Previous Post. Hearing that Kanye West's Yezus was inspired by LeCorubiser now validates my research and efforts which include the linkage of Corbu to Hip Hop and ultimately aims to create a Hip Hop Inspired Architecture. Since the culture itself has been heavily influenced by architecture, its only right that the culture now shall heavily influence architecture.
In an interview with The New York Times, Kanye West admitted that the new sound on "Yeezus" came from somewhere none of us were expecting. "Architecture — you know, this one Corbusier lamp was like, my greatest inspiration," he claimed.
Le Corbusier is one of the founders of modern architecture. Working in the 1930s, the French architect rejected the architectural styles before him. In fact, he rejected style entirely in favor of minimal and essential structures. He believed in function above all, and his perfectly-proportioned creations were ideal structures for the modern citizen. "Like I say, I’m a minimalist in a rapper’s body," Kanye told the NY Times, which explains his attraction to Le Corbusier's radical designs.
Last week, MoMA opened their show on the influential architect, "Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes." It seems that Le Corbusier is having a moment in the cultural spotlight. We've put together a list of why Le Corbusier is just as awesome as Kanye says he is. Meet the inspiration behind "Yeezus."
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