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    Kanye West's Coldest Story

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    influence and relevance became the most tangible after West’s fourth studio album, 808’s & Heartbreak, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and sold 450,145 copies in its first week. In the years since its release, 808s & Heartbreak has been cited as a prominent influence on subsequent hip hop, pop, and R&B music, as a new wave of rappers, singers, and producers came to adopt aspects of its style and thematic content. In 2014, Rolling Stone named it one of the 40 most groundbreaking albums of all time. Kanye West’s redefinition of popular music with the release of 808’s & Heartbreak reflected the musical and creative movements of the youth. This album cemented his place as an icon, and West continues to accurately communicate the values of youth…

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    Both of these losses were taken personally with West publically citing his everything from his wealth and success to his narrow-minded pursuits and selfish endeavors as his fatal flaws. Regarded as the black sheep of West’s discography, reception was anything but positive with the album receiving a 7.6, an all time low, from industry leading reviewer Pitchfork. The album was like nothing ever seen before, featuring prominent use of the Roland TR-808 drum machine with stacked synthesizer samples…

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    Kanye West's Yeezus

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    makes sense, but the line and execution itself ins’t stellar. Some whole verses even seem senseless in regards to the whole album. “Send it Up” may be the only track that has it’s presence on the album questioned. However, it becomes difficult to nit pick the lyrical choices on this album, which is why it’s lyrics are at times forgiven. Trying to pick apart whether this album’s lyrical prowess is a detriment to the album would be negating the album’s whole intention, to confidently proclaim…

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    Life Of Pablo Analysis

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    The Life of Pablo, which was originally supposed to be called So Help Me God and Swish and many other trial and errors that did not make the cut. The Life of Pablo is Kanye West’s 7th studio album, which was first released only through streaming. Although the album is Kanye Wests’, he had plenty of help with engineering and creating lyrics for the album with others and even Grammy nominee musicians. Some of the musicians who were featured on the gospel-rap album were Kid Cudi; Chance the Rapper,…

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    Heartless Poem Analysis

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    background, after the first few seconds a fast paced piano comes in. The rapping starts to pick up its pace and the lyrics get sadder. Kanye Wests Heartless has been considered a masterpiece, and in my opinion it has been. Various artists had rarely used the auto-tuned sound, and Kanye brings it back with recent album “The College Dropout” and more in “808’s and Heartbreak”. Kanye wanted the fans to feel and take his words into their soul, and have it lodged into their spirit and energy. The…

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    Heart Break Analysis

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    Kanye West’s Album 808 and Heartbreak was the first time I had any exposure to the feeling of heartbreak. At the age of only 8, I listen to the lyrics and his cries throughout the album made it clear the man was hurt. For many years I’ve always thought that heartbreak was just an abstract concept, but actually experiencing it in my teenage years and reflecting back to my younger self, I’ve learned that there is nothing fake about it. It actually does play a role in your everyday life. The…

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    Before 2009 Drake was a no name actor-artist that nobody cared about, and that all changed after Kanye’s release of 808s & Heartbreak. “The sensitivity found in 808s opened the lane for Drake’s So Far So Gone.” (Fairfax). Kanye allowed for it to be socially acceptable for a rapper to have a sensitive side and Drake capitalized on this, by drawing on Kanye’s musical genius. “Tracks such as “Brand New” possess similarities to the musical elements on 808s & Heartbreaks, which have become Drake’s…

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    Kanye West Role Model

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    Kanye West is definitely a role model for me. Sure West might seem like an egotistical prick to the general population, but he is much more than that. Kanye West is a creative genius, and has a work ethic unparalleled in the genre he makes music for. He has won 21 grammys and that should somewhat display the work ethic and talent that he has. His lyrics are not the reason he has reached the top level of Hip-Hop. He started off as a producer for Def Jam entertainment, and production would…

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    For example, Kanye West’s career is comparable to Picasso’s, especially present in West’s album art. Kanye West’s album, “808s & Heartbreaks” could be viewed as the equivalent to Picasso’s Blue Period as the album art depicts a single red, ailing heart drowning in a sea of blue gray. In some versions of the album cover, a pair of white hands is tugging the shriveled heart apart. One could infer that the heart symbolizes Kanye West’s heart as he was undergoing difficult times. Similarly, using…

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    Being A Gadfly Analysis

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    That alone is the first step to being a gadfly. One must be comfortable with being disliked, shunned, and hated. Kanye West changed Hip Hop in a major way. It’s almost like he gave hardcore dudes the permission to be emotional. For example, with the release of 808s and Heartbreak he sang about heartbreak, death, alienation, etc. Kanye wore his heart on his sleeve and that was very uncommon in the Hip Hop industry. It is interesting how Kanye bridged the gap between conscious rap and popular…

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