Singer/Songwriter for this Era
He may just seem like another rapper to you but if you actually listen to his lyrics you can see he's not like any rapper out there. His name is Kanye West and he was born in Chicago Illinois. He grew up in the "ghetto" and learned to appreciate life. He didn't learn to really, truly appreciate life until October of 2002. Driving back to his hotel late one night after a recording session, the new-coming rap/hip-hop artist was involved in a devastating, near fatal car accident. The crash left him with a broken jaw in three places and an appreciation for life. Just weeks after being released from the hospital he recorded his first major hit, "Through the Wire," with his mouth still wired shut. He records every song like its going to be his last song and that makes every song better than the last. He's not only a rap artist but also a producer. He has been responsible for being behind songs like Jay-Z's Izzo, Girls, Girls, Girls, The Takeover, and 03 Bonnie and Clyde.
"Through the Wire" was his first hit and it hit hard. With lyrics like:
I must got a angel/ Cuz look like death missed his ass/ Unbreakable/ What you thought they call me Mr. Glass/ I look back on my life like the ghost of Christmas past/ Toys R Us where I used to spend that Christmas cash/ And I still won't grow up/ I'm a grown ass kid/ So I should be like other stupid s**t that I did/ But I'm a champion/ So I turned tragedy to triumph/ Make music that's fire/ Spit my soul through the wires.
Read the lyrics and you'll see why its so universal. If you listen to the "beats" and the rhythm you'll really understand.
One of his most controversial songs came later in his career, it was titled "Jesus Walks," many people didn't want this song to be played but radios did it any way and so did MTV. There is one verse of the song that makes you appreciate his work:
To the hustlers, killers, murderers, drug dealers, even us crippers.../(Jesus walks with them!)/To the victims of welfare feel we living in hell here, hell yea.../(Jesus walks with them!)/Now hear ye hear ye wanna see thee more clearly/I know He hear me when my feet get weary/Cause we're the almost nearly extinct/We rappers is role models we rap we don't think/I ain't here to argue about his facial features/Or here to convert atheist into believers/I'm just trying to say the way school need teachers/The way Kathy Lee needed Regis that's the way I need Jesus/So here go my single dawg radio needs this/They said you can rap anything except for Jesus/That means guns, sex, lies, videotape/But if I talk bout God my record won't get played/Huh?/Well if this take away from my spins/Which will probably take away from my ends/Then I hope it take away from my sins/And bring the day that I'm dreamin 'bout /Next time I'm in the club everybody screaming out... /Jesus Walks….
Kanye West has a skill to know what people want. There are many people that already like him and if more people heard his lyrics then they'd start to appreciate his skills. Some of his lyrics do make you think for a while and you can't help but tap your foot. Kanye West would be a perfect speaker for this era because his lyrics really jump out and that makes him different than any other rap artist out there.