Yeezy, is personally one of my favorite rappers and I respect both him and his music. He has what a lot of artists lack which is self-expression. We all know that West sure has his own way with words and don’t blame him, we need more outspoken people in this world, at the moment a lot of us lack a voice and are not able to stand up for our own opinions and I see Kanye West as a good representative of what more of us should do. I understand that many celebrities don’t speak up because they are protecting themselves, in a industry where everyone is waiting for you to slip up and then put your personal life on blast and it can make them seem powerless as the media may twist the information and make it inaccurate, and this is where interviews come in.
But back to the star of the show, Kanye knows how to make some very powerful music. Many people can relate to his songs which is key if you want to be successful. I first got into Kanye when he released his Graduation album and this album was based on observational commentary and social welfare. Stronger is one of his most popular songs and is the most liked from that album, followed by Homecoming, and Can’t Tell Me Nothing. These songs became popular because they had meaning, told stories, and expressed real social issues that people could easily relate to. However, I believe that I became a true Kanye West fan when he came out with his album 808′s & Heartbreak. This album was very different compared to his usual idiosyncrasy because it consisted of no rapping but auto-tune along with being very lyrical. The impression of the whole album was more electropop R&B, and even though there are some who do not find the auto-tune as enticing as others, I think it was used appropriately and worked well with the beat and the message. I also like how in this Album Kanye West was able to bring together so many different types of music and put it all in one song. Such as Amazing featuring Young Jeezy, if you listen carefully to the instrumentals it defiantly has a symphonic appeal to it – tied in with echos along with the bass and drums, it sounds well amazing. The top singles from this album would be Love Lockdown and Heartless.
West took a break for a couple of years, he came back strong with a Grammy winning album of the year called My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. The theme of this album is decadence, glory, escapism, wealth, romance, self-aggrandizement (self-admiration/absorbed), and self-doubt. His most popular songs from this album was Power, Monster, and Runaway. All of the songs on the album make you think differently in altered point of view and I has someone or anyone become more aware about what is really going on around us. Because his songs are so blunt and straight forward it’s really a awake up call to a lot of people, some songs make you want to respect others a little more. Later, West made a short film called Runaway which covered several songs from My Beautiful Dark Fantasy in place of music videos. The thirty-five minute film was directed and produced by Kanye West as well as being one of the stars with Selita Ebanks, along with Hype Williams who wrote out the film. The moral of the story was “the world doesn’t accept, or they try to change, what is different, instead of trying to understand it.”. I like this moral, I think it has people stand back and actually process what’s going on. Because it always seems that in the end, people claim that they know what they want but in reality they could just be going with the flow of what society thinks is right, nobody wants to be shot down. Anybody can sit down and get inspired but in a matter of moments some may end up back at square one and only allowing that inspiration to come back every once in a while rather than holding on to it.
West’s next album was a collaboration with Jay-z known as Watch the Thrown, this album became a huge success in the United States as well as in other international countries. The top songs from this album would be Otis, Paris, No Church In The Wild, H.A.M., Gotta Have It, Why I Love You, and Lift Off. The theme of this would be materialism, fame, power, and the burden of success. Some of the songs consists of new modern-day beats with a twist of some old-fashioned material, such as in the song Otis, where Otis Redding’s vocals were both the introduction and played a part in the background. My review of the album is that I like it very much, it had a little something for everybody and I enjoyed Lift Off because was interesting with the horns, the beat, the instrumental breaks and how adding Beyoncé made the song a lot better. The only downside I’ve noticed would be the song “Paris“. Now this is not the full title for the song but I refuse to write it out, I could see the song being a lot more popular if different words were used, and I
think know that there would be a lot less controversies about the song if done so.
Cruel Summer is Kanye West’s latest album with hits such as Mercy, Cold, New God Flow, and Clique. This album represents his “GOOD Music” which includes several popular artists such as R Kelly, Teyana Taylor, Big Sean, Jay-Z, Pusha T, 2 Chainz, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, Common, Cyhi The Prynce, Kid Cudi, D’banj, DJ Khaled, Ma$e, Cocaine 80′s, The-Dream, Travi$ Scott, Malik Yusef, Marsha Ambrosius, John Legend, Chief Keef, and Jadakiss. My favorite song on here is without a thought would be Creepers because for those who do not know, I have a weak spot for Kid Cudi. (:
Amazing (Remember to listen to listen to the instrumental if you have a chance!)
Runaway (Short Film)
Creepers (Kid Cudi) (:
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