It took a thousand years (give or take) for Western civilization to ascend from this:
And it took about another hundred years for it descend to this:
Sorry, you'll have to follow the link, on that one. Can't embed it. The Universal Music Group forbids it.
Kanye West is, after all, a valuable commercial property - unlike Gregorian Chant, or even Gustav Mahler.
It's all so sad.