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Of late it's been Kanye vs. Kanye, and no one seems to be the winner

Of late it's been Kanye vs. Kanye, and no one seems to be the winner

"The Old Kanye," as even Kanye West refers to himself, was like the Robert Moses of hip-hop, tearing apart neighborhoods, installing roads and requiring the general population to follow his rules.

Who made Auto-Tune a legitimate tool for MCs? (T-Pain had to bear the brunt of West snatching that innovation from him.) Who recast the very nature of the sample? Who made radical vulnerability a thing?

The current Kanye — we'd say "new," but he'll be different by the end of the day — is more like a nervous Airbnb owner in charge of an impressive property he's constantly fussing with. On Thursday, instead of releasing his new album, "The Life of...

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