Posts tagged Kanye
Posts tagged Kanye
Hump day, right? It’s not accident that we’re talking about Graduation on Wednesday. (It is 100% accidental, actually.) On the third day, Yeezus gave us a transitional album, a flashy new persona, shutter shades, and it was good.
I’m going to lay my cards on the table: as I implied in…
For a while Graduation was my least favorite Yeezy album. I know, crazy. I just was not feeling the arena rap thing he was going for, plus I think I was burned out on Ye around then. Anyway I was wrong. It’s a good record, not MBDTF good but solid, absolutely without filler and mercifully without skits, definitely at least middle of the Kanye pack. But Kanye’s one of those dudes like Eno who can make five great records in a row without breaking a sweat. (Which means that B. Michael and I surely disagree about 808s & Heartbreak.)
Also, “Spaceship” breaking the flow on College Dropout, whaaaaat? “Spaceship” is one of the best songs on there!
HIGH ANGLE - FULL SHOT - ASTORIA, QUEENS
NARRATOR (Bernie Mac) What in the fuck was that? I told you to get someone who knows something about Kanye West to write about Kanye West! You don’t know anything about rap music! You didn’t even listen to Reasonable Doubt until like 2006. You’re a dilettante with no sense of rap history. I don’t mean that in no nice way.
Hi. I sit in a my office/kitchen in Queens in a folding chair from the discount store up the street and listen to music on big headphones. I’ve provided some photographic evidence. See? There’s a broom to my right, and a window behind me. This is my sole qualification for writing (what I hope will be) quite a bit about one of the world’s foremost entertainer cum artists.
I think right now I’ll probably talk about the first time I listened to Kanye West, and then talk a bit more about subsequent listening experiences, and then offer a theory of criticism.
Over the summer of 2004 I was in between junior and senior years of college. I was staying on a friend’s couch during this interstitial chapter of my life, and one afternoon we were just shooting the shit talking when I remember he played “All Falls Down” for me and said, sort of sheepishly, “This song’s actually good.”
I’m so glad Hendrik decided to give one of Tumblr’s biggest artist crushes full reign.
I can’t wait for B Michael to get to MBDTF (it’s his favorite album,* and sometimes mine too), but I’m hoping we’ll get some coverage of the pre-College Dropout days too.
Wonder how this will overlap with Brandon Soderberg’s MBDTF Week.
*Milk-Eyed Mender and Have One on Me but no Ys? What gives, B?