I know I'm four days late, but I couldn't let the week end without talking about this masterpiece. I posted briefly about it on Instagram, but anyone who knows me personally knows how much of a fan I am of this man. It seems like just yesterday it was summer '04 and I was on the road to visit my granny in Jersey as I played Yeezy nonstop on my Walkman. I've always been a fan of music, but I can honestly say I didn't really start paying attention to Hip-Hop until Kanye came along. It was different. It was refreshing. He was confident and he wasn't ashamed or afraid to talk about things others wouldn't dare say. Songs like All Falls Down
, Jesus Walks
and Last Call
are amongst my list of favorites based off the lyrics alone. He started out as a talented producer and he wanted to try his hand at being an artist.
People didn't take him seriously, but he set out to prove them wrong and he did. Now people can argue and debate with me about how much they don't like Kanye based off personal opinions regarding his private life, but none of that matters to me. I've always been a fan of the man and the product. He's talented (and he knows it), he's given people hope with his lyrics these past 10 years, myself included. He proved that all rappers don't talk about toting guns and wearing baggy clothes. He talked about how the public school system is failing little Black kids and how dope he thinks fashion is.
He's one of the most influential artists today and as far as I'm concerned, he's definitely left his mark. The transparency and honesty of The College Dropout
is what made this body of work so special to me. He's always been honest and unapologetic on and off stage, in and out of the studio and that is why I'm a fan to this day. Now excuse me while I go listen to Spaceship.
Thank you, Yeezy.
"Now I can let these dream killers kill my self-esteem or use my arrogance as esteem to power my dreams."
- Kanye West