YEEZY season

Kanye West Best Albums

Yeezus day has finally come and to celebrate ive put together my order of his best albums. Ye is a legend and this list really means nothing more than the mood I’m in

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1. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy//2010

this is the Bentley of music. Ye brought together a whole host of sounds, ideas, concepts, and personnel to create possibly the greatest albums of the decade. the use of strings and extended song instrumentals make this seem less like a stand alone album and more like a soundtrack. Ye  managed to make his best beats of his career while also writing his best lyrical album. six years after the College Dropout Ye was fully in the spotlight and much had changed in his life and style. Ye speaks through his beats and lyrics where he was through great expression and introspection. throughout his whole career Ye has managed to be very conscious of his role in music history. at this point he realizes that he has created a league of his own and is not going to back down from the expectations he has put on himself.

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2. The College Dropout//2004

it was long believed that Ye was stuck to a career as a producer. this released showed not only that he could legitimately rap but also was a force to reckoned with. Ye  produced every single beat on the album proving that he could consistently produce greatness. it was pretty ballsy for Ye to release 17 song album especially as a freshman (plus an additional 5 skits making the album 22 tracks total). Ye had produced some legendary songs already by this point and everyone was wondering if Ye had enough solid beats left for himself. College Dropout was filled with some of the best soul samples of any rap record. to get a full scope of where Ye was musically listen to the nearly 9 minute interview he does at the end of Last Call. The College Dropout was the first album I ever purchased and prolly speaks largely to my obsession to Ye’s music. Ye has managed to stay relevant longer than nearly all musicians for a good reason. this album was a legendary moment for hip hop music.

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3. Late Registration//2005

how do you follow up a 22 song classic album. with a legendary 21 track album of course. I tend to look at College Dropout and Late Registration as two part of the same piece of work. Most artist tend to struggle with a second album. fans tend to be disappointed when artists don’t copy and past their first album to create a follow up. in classic Ye fashion Late Registration is an exception to the rule. Ye comes back with the same level of creativity that he had on his previous album showing that the pressure only inspired him. only one year into his solo hip hop career, Ye proved that he was a force in the industry that couldn’t be stopped. Late Registration went platinum in 6 different countries and triple platinum in the US. Ye showed that he could stay true to himself and the fans would follow.

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4. 808s and Heartbreak//2008

theres too much to say about this one. Ye blew people’s minds by making an album singing first off. autotune was a very touchy subject in 2008 with fans picking sides on the matter. Ye proved that not only is autotune ok but you could make a hit album using it. Ye also proved that emotion was to be embraced in creativity. he was suffering from heartbreak via the breakup of his long relationship with his fiancé and the loss of his mother. the struggle in his life was very real and you can hear it throughout this album. Ye’s always had a dark side but never was it more embraced than on 808s. o ya. and he recorded this shit in 3 weeks! this album changed the path of Ye’s career and thus the path of music for good. first non hip hop record from Ye and now Ye hasn’t been back to making hip hop solo records.

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5. Graduation//2007

right in the middle of the hype, Ye decided to ditch the soul samples for something more futuristic. Ye had perfected the traditional hip hop beat equation and it was time for him to vary up his music. almost like the College Dropout and Late Registration was him proving himself to the hip hop community and now hes Graduated and showed that he wasnt going anywhere in mainstream music. he would now be a major creative mind behind music and culture. to me what’s more impressive than the album is the tour that followed. he proved that he could take hip hop music and turn it into a live theatrical musical performance. this being my least favorite Ye record really means nothing. Graduation was an amazing record that only a talent like Ye could create.

YEEZY season

Top 10 Favorite Kanye West Songs

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1. Spaceship//The College Dropout//Kanye West featuring GLC and Consequence

2004//produced by Kanye West

this song has been my crucial to the foundation of my musical taste. the feeling of the first time hearing this song has been engraved in my forever

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2. Power//My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy//Kanye West

2010//produced by Kanye West, S1, Jeff Bhasker, Mike Dean, and Andrew Dawson

one of the best instrumentals made in my lifetime. the lyrics are also legendary in their awareness.

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3. To the World//Cruel Summer//Kanye West featuring R. Kelly

2012//produced by Kanye West, Andrew Wansel, Oakwud, Hudson Mohawke, Ken Lewis, Mano, Travi$ Scott, and Anthony Kilhoffer

“R. Kelly and the God of rap, shittin on you, holy crap”

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4. Champion//Graduation//Kanye West

2007//produced by Kanye West and Brian Miller

prolly my favorite sample Ye’s used.

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5. Dark Fantasy//My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy//Kanye West featuring Nicki Minaj, Teyana Taylor, and Justin Vernon

2010//produced by Kanye West, The RZA, No I.D., Mike Dean, and Jeff Bhasker 

opening track off his most music shattering album. what a fucking great start.

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6. Paranoid//808s & Heartbreaks//Kanye West featuring Mr. Hudson

2008//produced by Kanye West, Jeff Bhasker, and Plain Pat

Ye getting all 80’s pop music worked on this track for me.

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7. Touch the Sky//Late Registration//Kanye West featuring Lupe Fiasco

2005//produced by Just Blaze

my favorite uplifting Ye song. you can’t be in a dark mood always.

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8. Hey Mama//Late Registration//Kanye West 

2005//produced by Kanye West and Jon Brion

sucha real song. showing Ye’s creativity and emotion all on one track. everything that makes him great.

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9. Devil in a New Dress//My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy//Kanye West featuring Rick Ross

2010//produced by Mike Dean and Bink!

my favorite love song in Ye’s catalogue

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10. Get Em High//The College Dropout//Kanye West featuring Talib Kweli and Common

2004//produced by Kanye West

one of the most underrated songs from Ye. I personally feel that this song puts The College Dropout on another level.

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Top 25 Kanye West Instrumentals

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1. Jesus Walks//Kanye West

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2. All of the Lights//Kanye West

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3. Encore//Jay Z

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4. Dark Fantasy//Kanye West

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5. Otis//Kanye West and Jay Z

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6. Stronger//Kanye West

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7. Heat of the City(Ain’t No Love)//Jay Z

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8. Robocop//Kanye West

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9. Izzo (H.O.V.A.)//Jay Z

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10. Let the Beat Build//Lil Wayne

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11. Stand Up//Ludacris

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12. Takeover//Jay Z

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13. Runaway//Kanye West

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14. The People//Common

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15. Slow Jamz//Kanye West

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16. Lucifer//Jay Z

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17. You Don’t Know My Name//Alicia Keys

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18. Overnight Celebrity//Twista

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19. Flashing Lights//Kanye West

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20. Would Get Far//The Game

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21. Thank You//Jay Z

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22. Crack Music//Kanye West

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23. The Corner//Common

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24. The Truth//Beanie Sigel

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25. Gone//Kanye West

 

YEEZY season

Top 10 Kanye West Music Videos

Ye’s an audio and visual extraordinaire. heres my pick from his 42 video catalogue.

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1. Runaway//My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy 

your a damn fool if you havnt watched this video.

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2. Through the Wire//The College Dropout

sucha innovative thing to do for his video for his very first single. Ye hasnt turned down the creativity since.

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3. Monster//My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy 

so dark. so so beautiful.

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4. All Falls Down//The College Dropout

im still fascinated with this video concept. life through the eyes of Ye.

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5. Otis//Watch the Throne

the perfect fit for the song. stunning clips of two of musics greatest straight flexing.

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6. Hear Em Say (version 1)//Late Registration 

homeless Ye shows off his dance moves.

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7. Champion//Graduation 

Ye inspiring the youth through a puppet.

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8. Homecoming//Graduation

the beautiful Chicago landscape never hurt a video

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9. Stronger//Graduation

a perfect union of video and audio.

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10. Touch the Sky//Late Registration

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Top 10 Kanye West Verses

for all those who claim Ye’s just a producer

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1. Gorgeous//All Verses

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2. All Falls Down//Verse 2

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3. Gone//Verse 5

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4. Hey Mama//Verse 1

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5. Power//Verse 2

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6. Big Brother//Verse 3

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7. Get Em High//Verse 1

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8. Blame Game//Verse 2

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9. Jesus Walks//Verse 1

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10. Devil In A New Dress// Verse 1

 

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Top 10 Kanye West Featured Songs

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1.Rhymefest//Brand New 

one of my favorite beats. Ye and Rhymefest go back and forth with some fitting flows.

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2.Dilated Peoples//This Way 

a very conscious song I glad to see Ye on. this beat is something else though.

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3. Jay-Z//Run This Town 

three of the biggest names in music team up to make a classic

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4. Grav//Line For Line 

1996 Ye making a crazy beat and showing off his very early rap skills. let me repeat that for ya. Ye was 18!

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5.Rick Ross//Live Fast, Die Young

something about this hook and the background piano part.

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6. Twista//Alright 

Ye kills his verse

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7. Kid Cudi//Make Her Say

“I got seniority with the sorority, so that explain why I love college”

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8. Nas//Still Dreaming

this beat works so well with Nas’s style and Ye’s just an added bonus

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9. Lloyd Banks//Start It Up

Ye kinda going out of his comfort zone. still has the best verse on the song in my humble opinion

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10. Talib Kweli//Get By (remix) 

so many great verses on this song. classic Ye instrumental.

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Top 10 Kanye West Performances

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1. SNL Performance of Power//2011

art. no one has or will ever come close to this level.

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2. The Glow in the Dark Tour//2008 

checkout as much footage as you can. sucha amazing stage.

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3.Grammy performance of Hey Mama//2008

so much emotion. sucha powerful performance for him to give at the time.

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4.Grammy performance of Jesus Walks//2005

Ye brings us to church. mos def watch the whole video. Ye gets pretty funky.

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5.Grammy performance of Stronger//2008

the robots and ye took over the Grammy’s and history was made.

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6.Late Orchestration//2005

Kanye spares no expense putting together a crazy band and bringing in necessary rap friends

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7.Storytellers//2009

his hair style at its peak

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8.Coachella//2011

almost like watching a musical. My envy for Californians only grew.

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9.VMA performance of Love Lockdown//2008

in context minds were blown at Ye coming out singing. still a crazy performance 5 years past.

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10.Grammy performance of Swagga Like Us//2009

epic collaboration brought to the stage. “mr. West is in the building, swag on a hundred thousand trillion”

YEEZY season

“If this is your first time hearing time this, you are about to experience something so cold”

-Kanye West 2004, The College Dropout

Kanye West’s The College Dropout was the first album I ever purchased and my first rap album I ever heard in full. He had me hooked right from the start and I’ve been a die hard Kanye fan ever since. His beats, his passion, his lyrics, his consciousness  No matter what he does I’ll be the first to support him. He has become so relevant to not just music but culture.

YEEZUS is set to drop next Tuesday so I feel it is appropriate that I can fan out for a week or so (prolly another month or two after the album drops). Over the next week I’ll be releasing some favorite lists all related to Kanye. Look out for the first drop later tonight.