Kanye‘s influences are pretty well noted by this point: Jay-Z, Nas, A Tribe Called Quest, as well as some non-music luminaries such as Steve Jobs, Picasso, Walt Disney and his own interior designer. But is Yeezy also a secret fan of every emo’s favourite 2000s film? Aka, Donnie Darko.
We know what you’re thinking: how likely is it that Kanye has even seen a cult film that only half made sense and featured a pre-fame Jake Gyllenhaal and a post-fame John Carter from ER? Probably quite unlikely, but please do hear us out.
Fans have noticed how Kanye’s recent return to Twitter and flurry of tweets about everything from creativity to footwear actually featured a possible, notable head-nod to a certain scene from Donnie Darko.
everything you do in life stems from either fear or love
— ye (@kanyewest) April 17, 2018
My reaction to Kanye's Donnie Darko tweet. pic.twitter.com/YNJmMP6HUz
— Keith Kunis (@pdxkeith) April 17, 2018
It wasn’t long before fans rummaged through their VHS collection to confirm that, yes, Kanye did seem to be quoting the Donnie Darko script pretty much verbatim.
“Fear and love are the deepest of human emotions… Fear is in the negative energy spectrum and love is in the positive energy spectrum,” the simpering, child abuse apologist Mrs Farmer says during the scene in question, which features a classroom exercise where some pretty bored students have to divide real-life scenarios into the two categories.
“Life isn’t that simple,” Gyllenhaal’s angsty protagonist Donnie barks back. “There are other things that need to be taken into account. Like the whole spectrum of human emotion. You can’t just lump everything into these two categories and then just deny everything else.”
Sure, life being split between fear and love is a pretty vague concept. But if you need more proof, take a look at the creepy-ass bunny outfit Kanye donned for Easter a couple of years back. Looks pretty Frank-esque to us.
This could also be a coincidence, but wouldn’t you rather live in a world where your favourite rapper watches the same movies that you did when you were 15? We sure would.