Kanye West Readies Graphic Memoir ‘Through The Wire’

By James Dinh

While Kanye West may be taking a break from music for a bit, you’ll soon be able to find him in your local bookstores. Not only is he dropping “Glow in the Dark” tomorrow, the rapper will release “Through the Wire (The Words and Lyrics of Kanye West)” on November 10. While “Glow in the Dark” is a photo book that offers a behind-the-scenes look at West’s groundbreaking tour of the same name, “Through the Wire” is a graphic memoir which follows the stories of twelve of his most autobiographical tunes.

According to the description at Amazon, the book features illustrations by Bill Plympton and details the ups and down of the rapper’s career including “his decision to drop out of college to pursue his dreams in music, through his days spent folding chinos at the Gap while struggling at night to make a name as a producer, through the pivotal car accident.” Additionally, lyrics will accompany each song illustration.

The cover art and two images from the book have surfaced onto the Internet detailing the stories of two of West’s hits: “Through the Wire” and “All Falls Down.” Plympton — known for his absurdist take on the mundane — delivers colorful, playful illustrations of the rapper’s songs.

For a guy who is supposedly taking time off, he’s been strangely prolific. Between the two books and the Spike Jonze-directed short film “We Were Once a Fairytale,” West has managed to continue to establish himself as one of the more interesting, complicated minds of his generation.