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Kanye West

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Bring back the old Kanye.

  • Dec 14, 2008
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I first noticed him on some of Jay-Z's albums, and first saw him at a Jay-Z concert in Chicago, where Kanye was announced the newest member of Rocafella. First concert I saw him perform in, however, was about a year later - yet well before he "blew up". I saw him at a fairly small venue, and I remember being able to visibly see the passion this man had for his music, his performance- he was damn near crying on stage as he performed. As cheesy as it sounds, the level of passion Kanye put in almost drove me to tears. A short time later when his first album, College Dropout, was finally released, I was in love. Unlike most rappers, his songs had meaning.

Kanye, Kanye, Kanye. Fast forward five years or so. His music is still good, yet getting more and more superficial with each album... as is he. What happened to that guy who was so excited, so passionate that he was about to cry on stage?

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August 05, 2009
Nice review!  I really appreciate artists that get better with age.  Though kanye might now be one of the, I feel as if Green Day does.
April 30, 2009
I like your article but, I totally disagree with your stance on Kanye's new music. 808's is simply ahead of its time yet it still has the ability to connect with the people. His grind and determination is still there ou just need to realize that its expanded beyond simply rapping or singing. It's about making music that speaks to the generations new and old.
April 30, 2009
I couldn't agree more! His College Dropout album was one of the reasons that I quit acting to pursue music. His new stuff with the vocal harmonizers just doesn't illicit the same response in me- I'm not feeling the love. Great review!
February 25, 2009
I don't listen to hip-hop, nor do I listen to Kanye West, but from what I have heard on the radio, he can not sing ... even with auto tune. He has great flow, he should really stick to rapping.
December 17, 2008
While I do love this man in more ways than one, I think his new album is a complete buzzkill. The more and more I listen to this new stuff, it brings me down! (Of course, then again, his mom did just die.) Some of the tracks are sweet, but this vocoder singing/rap thing needs to just stay on T-Pain's albums. It's very uninspired and, like you said, superficial.
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Quick Tip by . November 22, 2011
posted in Music Matters
There's absolutely nothing I like about Kanye West, whether it be his music or his personality. Kanye is nothing more than a pompous ass with an ego bigger than the Goodyear blimp, and his music is some of the most bland hip-pop (NOT real hip-hop, just pop music disguised as hip-hop) I've ever heard.     Do your part and ignore this attention-seeking prick, then go listen to the prime works of Grandmaster Flash, Public Enemy, Ice Cube, Erik B & Rakim, and Tribe Called Quest just …
Quick Tip by . July 08, 2011
While I'm not a huge fan of rap or hip-hop, I must say that West has put out quite a few songs that I really like. However, is ego is bigger than Texas, and he comes off as an all around jerk.
Quick Tip by . November 04, 2010
Perhaps someone could tell me why I should care that on-line pictures of a penis are really his! What a low life.
review by . November 03, 2009
I cant review someone i dont like.
   I dont like kanye west. I do have to give it to him cause he does make good music but his music is over shadowed by his bad manners. You could be the smartest or prettiest person in the world but if you act like a jerk it doesnt matter. no one has the right to make you feel less then what you are. Someone needs to humble Kanye West boy one day that cloud is gonna slip from under you. Great music<acting like a jerk so no one really care about the great music. hmm
Quick Tip by . July 21, 2010
i liked him when he frist came out but now his music is to much with todays music
Quick Tip by . July 01, 2010
posted in Music Matters
It's worth your time to hear his music, despite what a social screw-up and embarrassment he is to his genre of musicians and to himself. Regardless, his poetry and flow are pretty epic and ground breaking... not to mention really fun to dance to ; )
review by . December 01, 2009
No Fear, No Filter, No Middle Ground
The best thing about Kanye West is also the worst thing about him: he has no filter. What Kanye thinks comes out of his mouth, or on the stage of an awards show or benefit concert, or best of all, into his music. This is what makes his lyrics so fascinating: what other hip-hop star would write so earnestly about his relationship with another rapper as Kanye did with Jay-Z on "Big Brother"? Or discuss so openly how sick about awards he was, like on "Diamonds"?      …
Quick Tip by . June 17, 2010
he is a very good singer
Quick Tip by . June 08, 2010
Like his music, hate his personal life.
review by . May 28, 2009
I loved Kanye back in the day.  Ok, he hasn't been around that long... but I dug the preppy look, and his debut album.      But I just can't stand him now.  "I'm the new Slick Rick"  "The voice of this generation".  He compares himself to Justin Timberlake and other artists from back then.  Really ballsy, but completely unwarranted.      He's cocky, and almost always high on coke.  His lyrics no longer make …
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Kanye West (pronounced /ˈkɑːnjeɪ/; born June 8, 1977) is an American rapper, record producer and singer, from Chicago, Illinois. He released his debut album The College Dropout in 2004, his second album Late Registration in 2005, his third album Graduation in 2007, and his fourth album 808s & Heartbreak in 2008. His first three albums have received numerous awards, and critical acclaim.  All have been highly commercially successful, with 808s & Heartbreak making his third consecutive #1 album in the U.S.. West also runs his own record label GOOD Music. Kanye West's mascot and trademark is "Dropout Bear," a teddy bear which has appeared on the covers of three of his four albums as well as various single covers and music videos.
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TV Appearances: Saturday Night Live
Nationality: American
Instruments: Vocals, MPC
Birth Date: June 8, 1977, Jun 8, 1977 12:00 AM
Height: 69 inches
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