I’m disappointed in Kanye. I know that he could care less and most of you too, but I’m disappointed. I’m saddened that he named his album ‘Yeezus’. I’m sad he reverts to controversy over his art. I miss the Kanye that was the soundtrack to my high school. You do too. Here’s why –
He made it through the wire
Remember Kanye’s first single? The song he recorded while his mouth was wired shut from his car accident. Kanye has never lost his passion, but it was never as raw as it was in ‘Through The Wire’. While the song wasn’t a commercial smash, it showed us all what he was – hungry for success.
I miss the man who knew he would make it, but also knew how hard he needed to try.
“Unbreakable, would you thought they called me Mr. Glass”
His Fixation With God
Kanye was a man struggling with faith. He was trying to find God and was rapping through that struggle. While ‘Jesus Walks’ may have not been as trailblazing for Christ as he may think, Kanye wore his search for faith on his sleeve. He not only questions the radio for their discontent with God, but our nation. The result was a song full of passion, questions, confusion, and a banging beat.
Not many rappers can honestly rap about their struggle with God. Kanye did and not only did it get people talking about faith and the music industry, but it made people think about God and why songs about him aren’t played on the radio.
He made people question society, and thats a good thing.
He Loved The Fake Ray Charles
Jaime Foxx + Ray Charles Voice + Baby Mama Drama + Tyco and Geico Rhyme = Being Left for a White Girl
I was on the highway in Seattle when I first heard ‘Gold Digger’, where were YOU?
He Rapped About Blood Diamonds
We’re you also prepared for the movie because of Kanye’s track???????
Kanye vs. 50. What an epic throw down. Two titans and the two most anticipated albums of 2007 dropping the same day. It was the first time in Hip-Hop that a rivalry was healthy. Sales vs. Sales. #TeamKanye was in our heart before twitter existed.
Remember the nerves? Driving to FYE in your mom friends car because you need to get Kanye’s album and not 50’s because ‘Ayo Technology’ was a flop (even though you loved it). Am I alone on this?
Or listening to ‘Can’t Tell Me Nothing’ over and over again even though you knew all the words to the first verse of ‘I Get Money’ but would never admit it.
Also, Kanye won with 957k sold compared to 50’s 691k sold.
WHO DIDN”T HAVE A PAIR?????
And Most Of All…
The soundtrack to my senior year. From beginning to end, ‘Graduation’ was a constant theme at the end of my high school career. Not because of what it represented, but because it shaped the sound of what I expected a quality album to sound like.
I know that I’ll never get this Kanye back, and that’s ok because as I’ve grown, he’s grown.
I may be in the minority, but I’d rather remember the old Kanye and stay away from a man who says that he’s a God and names his album after my savior.
Mr. West, you are missed.