Sunday, September 2, 2007

Kanye West Graduates September 11

That's the date people. September 11 is the day that Kanye West drops his latest masterpiece "Graduation." In a musical genre that, for me, has become incredibly stale, Kayne has continued to push the limits of creativity. Just two tracks into the new record and you are rewarded with fresh rhymes set to imaginative and fresher beats. The first track, Champion samples Steely Dan's Kid Charlemagne. Steely freakin' Dan! Then he follows with a song that has been to far reaches of the blogoshpere and back and is still a great listen, Stronger, sampling Daft Punk's Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger. Still later in the album, Kanye teams up with Coldplay's Chris Martin on the song, Homecoming. He may be arrogant, and he may be brash, but I'll be damned if he's not one of the most talented hip-hop artists, and open to the use of unorthodox beats and samples.

Plus I'll always love and respect him for this moment.

And here are a few tracks to sample

Kanye West from "Graduation

Steely Dan - Kid Charlemagne
Daft Punk - Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger


Anonymous said...

I think not, this album is boring, the beats are so unimaginative. Hows he pushing boundaries, sounds like everything else out there. If you want cutting Edge Hip-hop check out the likes of Qausimotto or Jaylib. Somehow Kanye got this reputation as a great hip hop artist, if you really listen there's nothing special at all.