Kanye West College Drop Out Analysis

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Kanye West is a fashion designer, entrepreneur, and most notably one of the most successful musicians as of today.Despite his inspirational achievements, Mr. West was once a college dropout with a dead-end job and a dream of pursuing music; however, many record labels denied his requests to publish his solo work. Not only being denied at first as a solo musician, West also dropped out of college at the age of 20 to pursue his dream to be a musician. His debut album, “The College Dropout” meticulously described his struggle to get his foot in the door as well as telling his listeners a story of carving their own path. In the album, Kanye takes his listeners on his journey to rock bottom as a dropout in his early 20’s all the way to him starting …show more content…
In the single “Family Business” he talks about each member of his family at a reunion and every aspect of them, regardless of how positive or negative they might be. However, they are priceless as a collective and inspire him to find a “creative way to rhyme without using knives and guns”. Ye’s sound and messages differed from stereotypical hip-hop at the time, but like his family, different does not necessarily make it bad. In a more general light, the artist is describing how any approach to a situation is valuable. His family, his music, and his choices could be taken as positive or negative, but they are appreciated nonetheless. Additionally, in the song “Never let Me Down”, he tells a story of how his mother, Donda West, was arrested at the age of six for participating in a sit in and with that in his blood he was destined to be different. Kanye not only speaks very highly of his roots, but also alludes to his spirituality as …show more content…
“The College Dropout” is a title that implies nothing positive; however, Kanye never lost sight of his goals. “All Falls Down” is a song that describes a girl that’s clueless about what she wants to do, but stays in college because otherwise “her parents will look at her funny”. College as a concept is painted to be secure, and Kanye says he especially had that idea drummed into his head by his mother. On the other hand, he claims that everyone is self conscious of what they plan to do with their life, but he is one of the only ones to admit it. The huge influx of opportunity that arises after high school is possibly one of the most relatable and also terrifying events of anyone’s life. Ironically, people that do not attend college or dropout to pursue another opportunity are judged. This song and album as a whole celebrates people that have the guts to take the opportunities that they see fit. Kanye has successfully shown in his lyrics and music that he was and continues to be able to show that college was not imperative to his

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