Kanye West’s Voice on Kris Jenner’s Show Has Me Perplexed

[ 103 ] August 23, 2013 |

We all know that the Kanye West of now is a completely different man from the Late Registration and College Dropout Kanye. We need to get used to this version of him putting out Yeezus. He’s angrier, edgier, and wayyy less relatable. And he’s dating Kim Kardashian. And he’s a father. Things done changed!

But how much have they changed? VERY. There’s been promos about Kanye’s appearance on Kris Jenner’s show because he’s supposed to show his daughter, North West, to the public for the first time. Honestly, I think that’s the only reason folks want to watch. I ain’t gon lie. I wanna see her too, just not enough to sit through an entire interview with Kanye and his Not Yet Mom in Law.

I did, however, see a clip of the Jenner-West sit down and I was hella perplexed as I watched and listened. See the 1-minute segment below so you can see why.

Ummmm… is it me or does Kanye West sound like he’s never sounded before? What is this super prim and proper voice coming out of him? When did his voice get so high pitched? Who is this strangerbish in Mr. West’s body?

This is WEIRD as hell. Am I tripping? I mean, what he’s saying about loving Kim is cute and stuff but THIS VOICE! What is that? This ain’t the Kanye we’ve known in ANY way. He is so different and it’s odd. The voice coming from his mouth ain’t what it used to be. What happened??

Don’t believe me, just watch his speech from 2008 GRammy Awards and tell me that man on Kris Jenner’s show sounds the same.

SEE?!?! He sounds completely different! Voice, tone, inflections, pitch, dialect. EVerything. I get code-switching but this ain’t it. He’s talking like he’s in a sketch comedy skit that only he knows about. What happened to this SWAGU? Now he sounds like he’s supposed to be leaving stuff to Beaver. DAFUQUE?? Chile… BYE!

I miss old Kanye. Because everything he does now makes me hit him with the blank stare.

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Chile… womp. Anywho, what do y’all think about this NEW NEW Kanye with the WASP voice?

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  1. Joy n L.A. says:

    I thought I was the only one who thought shades of “Madonna” when he started speaking. *shrug* He spends so much time in Europe like Madonna and Tina Turner…it was bound to happen. At least he doesn’t sound like a Valley Girl. lol

    • TR says:

      I thought I was the only one too! I was thinking, “maybe I forget how he sounded.” It was like the first time I heard David Beckham speak and was like “why come your voice don’t match your face?” But we KNOW that fool’s voice. What’s with the switcharoo?

    • AquaGirl says:

      Yeah, when I first heard Kanye on the Kris Jennar show yesterday I couldn’t believe that was him. I think after his mom died he felt like he died also so, that other side of him is more calm now plus he is a father and needs to be more like that anyway. But, yeah I was perplexed also on how his voice changed so dramatically.

      • Cheryl says:

        He wasn’t doing this Bif voice right after his mom died. This has been since he’s been associated with the Kardashians.

        I heard a little clip of that interview while my back was to the TV and I literally wondered who Kris was interviewing. Then I turned around and almost passed out.

  2. Sommer says:

    Luvvie, I agree with you. I don’t know this new Kanye. He appears to be a shell of his former self. His voice and actions have changed since his mom died. I’m also not amused at the fake Kim stuff when he has been absente 5% of her pregnancy.

  3. Lashawn says:

    I wanted to say that he was code switching for his wanna be Mama in law. But chile….They got him. Officially brainwashed. The Kanye we know is gone.
    RIP

  4. Binky says:

    We played clips on my radio show this morning and I thought the SAME DAMN THING!

  5. Chris T. says:

    Great observation homie. I’m confused myself.

  6. Andrea says:

    OMG! I just looked at the clips for the First time and I PROMISE YOU! I was hella confused!!!

  7. Siobhan says:

    He made me do a double take….I was like who is this fool impersonating Kanye!

  8. Nerl D says:

    Welp…it’s kind of like when you go to the South for too long and pick up the accent? Yea…that.

  9. Ms. Brome says:

    I think that is his real voice, and the Swagguh is the put on affectation. Tee Hee.

  10. What the hell??? This is what happens when you get up in some used Armenian snatch….. all your “hood” goes away. *sigh* Perhaps he is trying to relate to his “audience”. HE is just doing some code-switching on us….

  11. Deja says:

    Its like when you have that saliva bubble in the back of your throat that catches you off guard mid conversation and suddenly you sound like a cartoon character. Somebody give Kanye a Ricola.

  12. KC says:

    This is ridiculous. I’m a bit disappointed with most of the above comments also because y’all are going easy on him and I didn’t expect that. A person has to try very hard to change the way they sound and speak THAT much. This is no accent he is doing that chit on purpose. I was baffled, befuddled just confuzzled after I saw that video last nigh so I’m thankful to wake up to see Luvvie on top of this mystery.

  13. trina b says:

    huh did i detect an english accent tho? im hella confused rat now!

  14. What's Haute says:

    I’m giving his new voice the “Kanye Shrug”.

  15. Jocy says:

    Harpo who dis man?! I am puzzled. One of those Kanyes is a caricature.

  16. The Kid says:

    Kanye’s voice really took me aback. For a minute I just could not pinpoint what it was about him that wasn’t right and then I realized it was the voice. I was like, “maybe I’ve just really never listened to him speak,” but that man sounds HELLA different now that I’ve seen the comparison clips you posted Luvvie.

  17. Kym says:

    He has not been right since his mom died. I still think he needs therapy. When he met that woman whose name i refuse to type his defenses were down. Bless his heart.

  18. RavenJ says:

    Oh…y’all didn’t know? That’s what happens to a man’s voice when his chick has his balls in her Birkin bag…

  19. yadi says:

    The FOOL…that’s what I think. Poor child/man. When my mom passed last year, it felt like I was a thousand light-years away from civilization. It’s probably the loneliest feeling in the world so I get it. However, surely Kanye could have picked a better family to adopt him…smh!

  20. yadi says:

    Voice/speech aside, what about his body language? It’s so awkward and uncomfortable. I am not getting ‘happy happy joy joy’ from it. I dunno…yea, he’s rich and whatnot but I kinda feel bad for him.

  21. Akua says:

    I just think that Kanye is an expert code switcher. Ms. Donda was an English professor. I’m wondering if she encouraged Kanye to speak the Queen’s English. Because he is in the industry and is expected to have some kind of street credibility, he learned how to sound “hood.” Even though I think Mr. West is super-ridiculous and extra all of the time, I don’t think the is being extra here. I think he has just learned to look at his audience and govern himself accordingly.

    • Yonnie says:

      What you are describing is code switching and any Black person that wants to get ahead in life should learn how to do it. However, code switching does not explain the five octave change in his voice.

      • Pash says:

        I have a friend who is the king of code switching. You can tell who he’s speaking to on the phone by his voice.

        If it’s white colleagues, out comes the loud cockney. If it’s his Jamaican friends or his brothers and sisters then it’s hard core yard. If it’s his kids, he speaks more softly.

        If it’s a person in authority it’s a cross between his children’s voice with full on Queen’s English (bit like Kanye in the first video).

        It’s weird to watch him switch. But like you say, if you want to get ahead you got to learn.

  22. Betsy Ice says:

    I was so perplexed by his voice that I thought maybe I forgot what he sounded like. Shortly after the clip with Kris Jenner, I saw a clip of him snatching the mic and interrupting Taylor’s speech. Totally different voice, infection, and even persona. Too bad for him. He’s lost.

  23. Veronica says:

    The fam on Tumblr are saying this is his “proud daddy voice”. I kinda agree, ’cause it’s his softer side lol. But then again he’s sitting with the most calculating woman in the world, who probably either whisked his brains to an omelette-ready pulp, or simply said “walk this way” and he put his WASP speech code on.

    But the cat’s outta the bag. Kris has shown the baby on Twitter already, lol. Which basically confirms what I felt all along–they turned down all that money so SHE could get the baby publicity in motion and keep it hot.

    But his voice had me all messed up. I was waiting for him to sip some overpriced tea and talk about the plight of the Plover bird. XD

    • Ocean says:

      Good lord.
      I just watched the interview with Kris (well I skipped though every other minute, as it was mind numbingly boring) but he sounded like a Californian debutant. Then I watched his interview with Ellen, Chicago accent. Kanye West sounds like a Kardashian, of the female sort.

  24. kenzy says:

    people hate when people say this (or so ive seen) but for real Kanye aint been the same since his mama died. Losing that woman made him lose something that is never coming back. I feel sad for him in that regard. Old Kanye is never coming back. everyone takes death differently and kanye just…well clearly that was super hard pill he just couldnt swallow

  25. RayRay says:

    yikes! It reminds me of Tom Cruise on Oprah when he said he loved Katie… just strange all around (sans couch-jumping). Is Kanye finally listening to his PR people? “Play the good daddy so you can sell more records…?”

    I think we all code-switch as necessary but that’s not normal!

  26. missgirl says:

    Something’s wrong. I hold my head. Old Kanye gone. Our homie dead!

    • but i'm sleep tho... says:

      lol, a+

      but for real, i couldn’t get over his voice when i first heard these clips yst, i thought the audio was pitched up! it’s like he’s a completely diff person…damn shame smh.

    • WhiskeyOnTheRox says:

      I see what you did here. Well done.

  27. Ronald Simmons says:

    Why are you hating the brother, and why are you into his voice? I trippin on you. If all you can do is throw rock, then you need to check yourself.

  28. Shea says:

    Kanye has his best “job interview” voice going on

  29. Rachael says:

    The man is possessed by a demon. I’ve been saying it for months. Get YE some holy water.

  30. nichole says:

    Maybe it’s the influence from all the time he has spent in Paris?

    I actually think the other Kanye voice was made up; trying to compete with the other rappers in the game. He wanted to be hard when he grew up middle-class. Not “hard” at all.

  31. Angelica says:

    Lawd I thought I was alone!!

    He sounds weird.

  32. ed says:

    Well, all I can hear between to two clips is he ain’t half drunk talking about Kim and the baby like he was half-drunk at the Grammy. And why you got to hate on the brother anyway, saying he high-pitched, like he lost something a man ought to have. I don’t know a brother alive who don’t get a little soft, when he talking about loving his girl, that is, if he do really love her. Anyhow, sounds like he ain’t letting no haters get into his space. So, carry on, my nizzle!

  33. Michele says:

    This is some mess straight out of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Kanye’s one of the pod people now.

  34. Eva says:

    He sounds very odd… Maybe he got tired of Bruce saying, “what did you say?” “Excuse me can you repeat that?” “Wait….. can you enunciate?” “Now is ‘mutha’ in some way different than a ‘mothER’?” “When you say ‘Kim is trippin’, Kanye, do you mean she has ACTUALLY fallen down? Do I need to call someone?” I don’t understand it – it isn’t like he needed subtitles or anything, he just sounded normal. Now… I just don’t know.

  35. Sub-rosa says:

    Maybe the switch was for the show’s demographic? Maybe…possibly… (shrug). I can’t tell you the last time I listened to Kanye talk besides the TMZ barks at paparazzi.

  36. Courtney says:

    Kim’s valley girl has rubbed off on Yeezy. And ionlike it one bit. What kind of juju has the Kardashian family put on him? Lawd.

  37. Sammy says:

    White America likes this subdued Kanye better. Bring him down, shut him down, keep him quiet and only let him speak about his family.

  38. tashieka says:

    i still dont think that was the real Kanye on the show.

  39. T says:

    No offense, but this n*gga been in Paris too long!

  40. indiasworld says:

    I think they might’ve tried to clean up for tv…..or…they coached him to death…..I don’t know. but, I appreciate the old kanye better. I can’t fathom what would make him want to come off like this…..yuck!

  41. Tanisha says:

    I thought the same thing when I heard the interview yesterday, I kept playing the taylor swift MTV awards in my head like did he sound like that on there cuz had he I know I would have remembered right?? Lord thank you Luvvie, Kanye’s new voice sounds Michael Jackson-esc, I dont like it, maybe his voice only gets deep when he is yelling about something, but imma need him to yell hell with allll of dat soft spoken she is my joy stuff, chilleee go get a hug and your balls back Lord help me!!!

  42. Sunshine says:

    And I ask again… What in allla da HELLL? I promise Luvvie that I will not begin all my posts this way. Seriously??? When did Kanye trade his voice with a high school sophomore from Orange County? I need answers. I appreaciate him pronouncing all his Es and Rs for national TV. But, I just cannot. I won’t. I’m not here for that.

  43. Constance says:

    Kanye, next time say it with your chest!

  44. asetdivine says:

    Kanye is on there sounding like Tom from Mo’ Money. Maybe he’s just making an effort to be a little more well spoken? Also, there just seems to be…something off about him now. We all change in certain ways as we get older and experience certain things, but he just seems to be somewhere else. Good luck to him.

  45. Zardonr says:

    I mean, people change even if you listen to him on Ellen he speaks proper. Hell I’m from the west side of Chicago and I speak proper now sometimes. That’s what traveling and an MFA will do to you. And first and foremost his mom was a college professor and his dad was a photojournalist and he was raised in the suburbs. Just saying is not that big of a deal.

  46. alex says:

    You are absolutly right. This young black man has done a 360 for the worse. We all know that our environment, and life experiences, may have an impact on us. And yeah we all change. Change is a part of growth. Hell we can all agree even our bodies and minds change as we get older.
    And yeah there is a time and a place for everything–

    But, there is something BIZZARE about the way he acts now and speaks. Something isn’t right.
    You know how your grandma says, “somethin ’bout dat boy aint right”.

  47. Robocop says:

    Everyone is shaking their head over this one. He sounds like an East Coast WASP — not a black guy from Chicago. Over the last few years, I only heard him screaming at the paps or just being a douche at one of the award shows. Always yelling — so, I guess this is his “conversational” voice! Or maybe after two months of hearing, “Sssssh, the baby’s sleeping,” he’s perfected his whisper voice.

  48. Moni says:

    This is so strange. Why do I feel like he was trying to do a Michael Jackson impression?

  49. Ashley says:

    Has anyone stopped to think that maybe his “new” voice is actually his real voice and his “other” voice is just his rap persona? Think about his background and his parents. Speaking proper English, as is depicted in this video, is nothing new to him. Maybe he truly just does not care about what people think anymore. In fact, he says it loud and clear here, he does not care what people think or say about him, his life, or his relationships. Is it a crime to put aside his rap persona and just be himself? Remember that his “profession” as an entertainer is just that, he is an “entertainer”….he entertains us with his music, his style, his lifestyle…..he can put on a front just like any other actor/actress or artist. Nikki Minaj, Drake, Lady GaGa, and a slew of other artist’s/entertainers do the exact same thing.

  50. ab385 says:

    Seems like no one realizes that this is the REAL Kanye talking. The you’re used to is a marketing gimmick.

  51. rikyrah says:

    the videos don’t remotely sound like they could be the same person.

    Kanye hasn’t been right since his Mama died. Now, he’s been sucked in by a family of fame whore leeches.

  52. Trae says:

    Luvvie…what the Holy Hell is this? Chile, we pay to hear and see him acting crazy….i aint tryna listen to this man speak eloquently and act like hes got some sense smh im hurt Kanye…HURT!! BUT i luhhh u luvvie! Stay Strong and Stay Ratchet!

  53. Sara says:

    UMMM WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT. I don’t…. it’s like……. my brain doesn’t understand what I just watched.

  54. MadScrews says:

    He got got by the kardashians, living with them has influenced him a lot even the way he speaks english now, he sounds like them.

  55. MadScrews says:

    Oh man kanye westof, you don’t need to sound like a faggot to be real.

  56. Sukez says:

    The ball dropping reversed? This confused me.

  57. Jabria says:

    Maybe it’s just me being used to Kanye’s ‘rapper’ persona, but this one here just…bothered me. Dude sounds like one of the Stepford Wives or something. *shudders*

  58. Lexi says:

    I truly believe when Donda died, Kanye left with her. He has not been the same since. Smh. I am not a fan of the new Kange(as my daddy calls him) West.

  59. Taj says:

    Kanye sounds like that Black guy in your office that didn’t grow up around white people, but wants to fit in so bad that he chokes his voice up a few octaves so he doesn’t seem “threatening”. It’s not the normal Anglo work voice. It’s the “see, I’m one of you” voices. They got that man by the bawls. Not balls, bawls!

  60. MrsGrapevine says:

    Maybe this what it sounds like when you become Devine. Maybe he left his old earthly voice for new heavenly one.

  61. Cheryl says:

    “Leaving stuff to Beaver”! iDied

  62. PoetrysTruth says:

    This reminds me of a friend of mine that FINALLY came out as gay. As he felt more comfortable with being out his mannerisms and way of talking changed. He became the person he felt he was on the inside. He’s not flamboyantly gay but you can definitely tell he’s different.

    I think this is what’s happening to Ms. Kanye. He’s got this young love going with that designer, he’s getting more comfortable in his gayness (yeah I said it) I really truly believe he’s wanted to *switch* for some time now.

    Give it some more time…truth is going to be told

  63. Shannon says:

    This voice of his is not unprecedented. He has a VH1 storytellers DVD, and in between songs he talks. This is exactly what he sounds like. It sounds like his “classroom voice” to me, maybe he’s a little stilted because unlike rap, he’s not going in with the lyrics down and the delivery decided on.

  64. Cassandre says:

    when i heard this video i thought for sure you had some voiceover SMH at him for changing who he is OR is the “artist” he plays that we know not the real Kanye and the Kanye that was on the show is the real Kanye. maybe the past few years was all a facade.

  65. Alex says:

    Straight up now that he’s part of the illuminati and satanic he’s not straight anymore. He’s gay! Really! You can see his fingernails all cleaned up from a pedicure or w/e. if you think about it satanics are completely do the opposite of Jesus Christ and Jesus likes women therefor since kanye is part of the occult they have made his subliminally perform such gay acts that they turned him gay. If you really pay attention to him he speaks and he says to get carried away in some conversations that he has to snap himself out of it. Possession. He says when he’s talking about his daughter that the last thing he want is a guy in a leather jacket to crash into his daughter at the grammys and killing her or something like that then laughs and pauses like something has left his body. Alter egos? Idk but I know for a fact something is speaking threw him but I wouldn’t be surprised if that were to happen to his daughter in the future. I may have not explained with such persuasion but think about it

  66. Eli says:

    I could agree he even stutters when he tries to say he’s a Christian and why he’s wearing a WWJD bracelet when in reality it’s because he’s trying to call him self Jesus(yeezus). he’s trash. The picture that he photoshopped with that stick figure around Kim and Kylie is because he’s abducting both of them into the occult with out them even knowing just watch!

  67. DevilsAdvocate says:

    Why discredit the man for being able to speak multiple languages? I don’t see anyone complaining about him speaking Chinese on the show. We should celebrate that he’s both street smart and educated; and he should be able to express both sides publicly without being criticized. Besides, I don’t think that an article written so poorly should criticize a man for being well spoken.

  68. Teri Wilson says:

    He’s falling prey to the Kardashian Family Voice Curse. I’m just waiting for him to use the phrase “Bible” so I can burn him in effigy.

  69. kandice says:

    Hey, maybe this is how he really talks and all that rap swagger was an act !!! Vanilla ice or Marky Mark kinda in reverse loool Seriously though, I’m telling you – I cant handle this version of Kanye it changes the way I perceive his music. He needs to relax and be himself. Screw the architecture etc – being himself is what got him this far.

  70. Probably not even, unless one watch that CBS normal soap ie The Bold additionally, the Beautiful.

  71. Tone says:

    I guess alot of people expect Kanye to talk like a thug or a gangsta,which is strange because Kanye was never looked at as being a gangsta,trap rapper.Kanye always spoke like that.Alot of people obviously just never paid attention.Kanye is a true Gemini,being many different people depending on when and where u catch him.People always blame every thing on his mama passing,when Kanye was crazy as hell back in 2003 when he first blew up in the music business,and he still spoke like that sometimes then.His speech,and accent don’t have a damn thing to do with Kim Kardasian.

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