In light of news Kanye has as many as 20 songs finished for his upcoming new album, I got to thinking about my favorite songs from Mr. West. The man’s never released an album I didn’t like, and I even stood by him while most of the rest of the world despised him. My favorite moment in these past few years of Kanye vs. The Public was the night he got drunk at the VMAs and stumbled up onto the stage to ruin Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech – it was golden, and my appreciation for him multiplied, thanks to my utter distaste for that country pop tart. It also led to the creation of what I consider his best album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Way to send a big F you to your critics, West.
Obviously the rapper’s music has taken a bit of a redirection post-Kardashian, and while I’m not a fan of all his new music, I still appreciate the individuality it possesses. Much as I do the originality so many new artists like Chance the Rapper and A$AP Rocky exhibit, both of who are included in the playlist above. I’v also got some of my most beloved rap songs in there – PLEASE LET MISSY ELLIOTT RELEASE NEW MUSIC SOON – and you’ll see that Q-Tip and T.I. made the list more than once, mostly because they’re two of my most favorite.
It wraps up with my #1 West track, off the album that truly made his name a household one. Here’s hoping whatever he cooks up for this next release is even more savvy than what he’s given us so far.