When it comes to Kanye West, we can't forget the initial impact he made on the music scene with everything from killer productions to awe-inspiring lyrics. We also can't forget how his conscious yet provocative statements raised eyebrows on everyone from presidents to college students.
To put it simply we were blown away by his bravado and hoped that he would continue to make G.O.O.D music, but somewhere along the way, things changed.
Today, Kanye's music is a pale comparison to the awesomeness that drew us in as fans to start with, so we figured we'd send a reminder. Kanye, this
Through The Wire- The College DropOut
"Through The Wire" was the first track that caught most of our attention as it brought something new to the game. It introduced you as a top level producer that could not only cook behind the boards, but showed that you had the verbal linguistics to make us say "Ohh". This song also marked a new era of music and raised the bar on quality, totally stepping away from the popular bang-bang tough guy rap that saturated the airwaves. And then when we heard that you recorded this through a wired jaw, we were floored and awe'd by your passion for music. This is the song that started your fan base.
Gold Digger-Late Registration
By the time you hit this one, you were well on your way to iconic status. This amazingly creative track between you and Jaime Foxx had next level all over it! You were hitting us with truths people were thinking, but just didn't have the nerve say. You made it cool for an artist to speak the raw of certain relationships without grouping all women into a negative box. There were also other great hits on Late Registration such as "Diamonds From Sierra Leone" and "Gone" that provided thoughtful insight with again, more stellar production. Late Registration marks a time when the whole world knew your name and had at least one or two of your songs stuck in their IPOD. Still with us?
When "Stronger" hit, it was Game Over! You had the world on fire! We couldn't go anywhere or do anything without hearing your music blasting out of someone's car or playing in some movie. This moment in time was you standing on top of the mountain challenging anyone to come try and knock you off. Graduation Day was full of swagger and confidence that had been bubbling under the surface since day one and finally it blew! At this point, you could have named your own planet, in any solar system and it would have been updated in text books throughout the world. But...
You opted for a softer road, which is cool, but it took some getting used to. A lot of fans were puzzled as to why you would drop an emo album, after coming off some straight killah, but it's your album right? So for those of us that were still riding high off of Graduation Day, we were open to giving 808s & Heartbreaks a try. Tracks like "Say You Will" and "See You In My Nightmare" gave us a new sound, but 808s as a whole, definitely marked a shift in your original direction. Which was good, as long as you were going to come back in your next album and hit us with more heat.
Yes, "Power" brought the goods, it made us believe that My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy was going to be an epic album just like the others. But... This album also showed more distance and stray from the original Kanye that we had all come to know and appreciate. For example, rather than having a solid cohesiveness as your previous efforts, this one seemed more like a mix-tape than a well planned vision. Okay, so everybody gets one, no one's perfect, we'll just chalk it up right?
And chalk it up we did and we even supported you doing an album with Jigga, which was nice work by the way, especially "Slow-Motion". But now, here it is approx 9 or so years later and we get Yeezus. West, Where are you at? This is nothing like the Kanye we know. This album almost seems like your brain was hijacked by aliens and put in a submarine headed straight for the sea floor. Now we put this together because we care about you as an artist and want you to remain with us for a while, but... It's a little hard to do when your on the album sounding like you have a God-complex. So with that said Yeezy, Kanye, Mr. West, come back to us, bring us that Dropout we remember...
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