Kanye West has been an icon in American hip-hop culture for over a decade. His music, fashion line, producing skills, and flamboyant personality has influenced many people for generations to come. Coming out of Chicago, many people in the music industry didn't even think Kanye had a chance to become a figure in hip-hop, but his hard work and persistence paid off. Kanye started off his music career as a producer. He produced music for the likes of major artists such as Common and Jay-Z. His first major breakthrough came from producing Jay-Z’s “The Blueprint”— which is certified 2x platinum. Kanye believed he could be a successful rapper as well, but music executives didn't believe he had it in him. That all changed when Roc-A-Fella records signed Kanye to their label, and gave him a chance to shine as a rapper. Kanye’s background, critical analysis, and importance all shows that he has become one of the most important characters in American hip-hop culture to this day.
In my opinion, Kendrick Lamar, an award-winning rapper and songwriter, has one of the best abilities to describe his distressed and abused lifestyle in Compton, California. He is not your original cliché artist who does not speak about anything meaningful. Kendrick, also known as K. Dot, is one of the most well known and most respected rappers in this era. Not only does he speak about his gloomy past, but he also speaks about his fortunate future. His ability to give detailed representations of his struggles and his story telling allows me to, metaphorically, enter the mind of Kendrick Lamar.
Drake is the greatest rapper of 2010-2017. He has been nominated for many awards like the Grammys. He is also famous on social media etc. Because of that and his quality of music everyone should listen and download his music.
In the past decade, Drake happens to be the most successful and influential hiphop artist to have originated from Canadian soil. Born in Toronto, Drake resonates his feelings of the city and his upbringing in his albums which reflect a very different past when compared to traditional or even modern-day rap artists. In the context of this paper, Drake’s album which was released in September 2013 called “Nothing Was The Same” will be examined. The album consists of thirteen songs with an additional two bonus songs. While critically analyzing the album, it has a very clear reflection of Drake’s past and it is his rendition of what he went through and what has eventually led to his successful stature as it stands today.
He came out with a track named “I declare war” and it was basically a track forward to his one of the people he doesn’t get along with Nas at the time. In 2008-2011 he headlined summer festivals in locations such as Denmark and places in the United Kingdom. The blueprint 3 and watch my throne came out and he kicked off his tour with that album. His very first tour was in 1999 and his recent tour was the Magna carter. Also throughout this time period he had his first child in the very beginning of 2012. The blueprint 3 was named one of the most anticipated albums of 2013 by complex magazine, MTV, and XXL magazine. And during that time Jay-z didn’t stop his grind he released the magna carter that sold over 528’000 copies in the first week it was out. Jay-z received nine nominations at the 2014 Grammy awards, more than any other artist. last year he held his first annual charity concert called Tidal X were the show raised around 1.5
The subject of God is rarely talked about in modern society compared to traditional times because like in Kanye West’s song, Jesus Walks, “ If I talk about God my record won’t get played.” The unknown in society is scary to people which connects to the denial that God exists. As well as, the continuation of the inner human struggles. It is hard to look down at the world, and believe there is a God with all the evil in the world. In contrast, Kanye West declares that people are constantly at war with their environment, and believes the root of all conflict lies internally. A rap song that talks about God but has references to terrorism and racism which are both conflicts that this modern society deals with. The four-minute music video is a collection of stories of reprehensible characters; crafted into a modern biblical visual to signify the inner and outer conflicts of mankind.
If you haven't yet, you can buy the album/mixtape off of iTunes, listen to it on Spotify, or listen to it on hotnewhiphop.com. On this album, Nyzzy provides 15 quality tracks that elucidate his personal transition from the small city life to the big city
It showed that he was willing to try new things but still keep the raw talent that made everyone love him in the beginning. It also makes his fans think of what he would've done musically if he was still alive today. What would Biggie sound like if he received production from producers like Kanye West, Just Blaze, Metro Boomin, or Zaytoven? We may never know but one thing is for certain, "Life After Death" shows why when both hip hop greats such as Jay-z & Nas are asked "Who's the best MC's both have The Notorious B.I.G. in their top
He does not limit himself to any specific style and because of this his work does not fall under any specific category. An unusual characteristic of his songs that makes his music even more eclectic is the fact that they are poetry based, which leads to a unique combination of rapping and singing (and sometimes even yelling) that allows him to express his emotions through vocals.
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy boasted an amazing maximalist approach that boarded on a hip hop opera symphony with lyrics that were memorable and verses that can rank as the best hip hop verses of all time. It was an album filled with legendary moments that music fans will remember for ages, and moments Kanye fan boys will yell at his concerts. This reaction by hip hop fans for My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy was immediate. For Yeezus, it was different. Yeezus’ minimalistic approach threw fans and critics off due to the very left field and experimental approach he took for this album, both sonically and thematically. In spite of this, Yeezus still manages to hold up it’s quality, value, and impact in comparison to his preceding albums while becoming one of the most important hip hop albums of all time.
“Yo Taylor, I’m really happy for you…I’ll let you finish. But Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time!” (West). Most people if they don’t know anything about Kanye West, they know this quote. When anybody hears his name everybody always has an opinion. Some people love him, while a lot of other people hate him, each for a variety of reasons. Though most people only see the arrogant and egotistic side of Kanye, the more important side that people don’t always see is the hardworking musician. In order to fully understand Kanye’s motives and to fully appreciate him, people have to know how he got to the point he is now today.
Kanye had an intellectually challenging upbringing and was raised in a middle-class home. He was the only child of an English literature professor mother, and his father who was an award-winning photojournalist and an active Black Panther member. Before Kanye’s superstar days, he was just an ordinary kid from Chicago, Illinois striving to become a successful artist. He was attending the Chicago State University and was taking art classes at the American Academy of Art but decided to drop out to place all of his attention on his career in music. Kanye’s journey in music began by producing songs for local rap artists. Kanye obtained his first big break in 2001, producing songs for Jay-Z’s double-platinum selling album The Blueprint. In the early