The man who has upped the ante with self-boasting to a whole new level in Hip-Hop.
"My greatest pain in life is that I will never be able to see myself perform live." – Kanye West
An artist known as much for his mouth as his music, Kanye Omari West has made a name for himself as a social critic and fashion designer. It doesn't hurt that he has also made some of the best and most exciting Hip-Hop recordings of the last decade and a half, winning over critics in mainstream publications like Rolling Stone magazine. Three of his albums even feature on the magazine's 2012 update of the 500 greatest albums of all-time list.
Born in Atlanta and raised in New York City, he is one of the best-selling artists of the 21st century, with 32 million albums and 100 million song downloads under his belt. What sets West apart from others? Much of this is due to looking outside of R&B and other Hip-Hop acts for inspiration and samples. Among the non-traditional artists he has infused his recordings with are American shock-rockers Marilyn Manson, English progressive rock cornerstone King Crimson and even French electronic duo Daft Punk. His inventive use of Hip-Hop has not been lost on his peers, with a total of 21 Grammy awards to his credit as well.
Kanye West, 2014. Photo by Lucas Jackson/Reuters
Other than his highly publicized personal life, which includes a marriage to reality television star Kim Kardashian, West has been relatively quiet as of late on the recording front, with his last LP of new material, The Life of Pablo, being his last release almost two years ago. Unfortunately, his lavish ways and Hollywood lifestyle may have finally caught up with him: it is rumored that he is close to declaring a massive bankruptcy and has been seeking treatment for drug addiction. As long as West remains a cutting-edge artist, expect more surprises, and more angry online rants, from of of the new millennium's most original acts.
Warning: Some tracks NSFW.
Our tracks this week: Title, Year, Album Source
1. Stronger, 2007, Graduation
2. Clique, 2012, Kanye West Presents Good Music Cruel Summer (Kanye West, Jay-Z & Big Sean)
3. Runaway, 2010, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (Kanye West Feat. Pusha T)
4. Gold Digger, 2005, Late Registration (Kanye West Feat. Jamie Foxx)
5. RoboCop, 2008, 808s and Heartbreak
6. No More Parties in L.A., 2016, The Life of Pablo (Kanye West Feat. Kendrick Lamar)
7. Black Skinhead, 2013, Yeezus
8. Workout Plan/The New Workout Plan, 2004, The College Dropout
9. Heartless/Pinocchio Story (live), 2010, VH1 Storytellers
Love to you all.
Ben "Bear" Brown Jr., owner
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