Chad Ochocinco Johnson is a great provocateur himself, but he knows the master when he sees him. Ochocinco loves to tweet up some Kanye West praise, Kanye being “this generation’s closest thing to Einstein” according to Ochocinco. And Ochocinco says Kanye’s current silence means big things are brewing in the West. Ochocinco has shown in the past he’s got the inside track. As his site claims, he’s got “so much access to breaking and interesting news before mainstream does.” Is Ochocinco’s Kanye tweet straight from the source?
Kanye has been quiet, something great is brewing…
— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) February 23, 2017
It’s in the responses to Ochocinco’s suspicion about a new burst of Kanye creativity that the story — and Kanye’s cultural power — are really evident. Some think he’s locked up in rehab, some think he’s been silenced by the industry he bashed, some think his Trump love and alleged nervous breakdown have put Kanye at a crossroads and he doesn’t know which way to turn. Others think the Kardashians just ate him up. Those are different opinions than Ochocinco’s — he sees a Kanye vacuum as a prelude to greatness. And there’s enough in the historical record to back him up. As one Kanye believer writes: “He needs to take a small break then drop the album of the century.” The only problem there is that many think he already did that with Saint Pablo. What’s next for Kanye? Only he knows. But his silence — to his fans — sounds as articulate as John Cage’s 4’33”.