Tag Archive: Kanye West


 

Back during my first tenure at FYE at the Morgantown Mall, we used to be forced to play DVDs over all of the store’s televisions. Then, these DVDs would have their audio hooked up to the store’s main speakers. These DVDs had music videos on them as well as trailers for films that were coming out on DVD or Blu-Ray soon. 90% of the songs that wound up on those DVDs were absolutely terrible and bordered on torturous. I don’t know how many times I had to listen to Justin Bieber or Miley Cyrus 5 times a day because they were on the DVD. And that’s before we get into some of the truly horrendous country music. However, there was a silver lining to all of this. Most of the DVDs had at least one and maybe two bearable songs and occasionally a really great one. “Erase Me” by Kid Cudi feat. Kanye West was one of the good songs to show up on those DVDs. I’m not really into the whole hip-hop via pop music thing, but this is one of those songs that just does it undeniably well. I’ve never really gotten into Kid Cudi all that much (cause I’m not big into stoner rap), but this is a great tune.

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Before he was the biggest name in hip-hop (and the best thing to happen to the genre since Outkast), Kanye was just a kid from Chi-Town whose production skills were legendary (one need only look at his contributions to The Blueprint to see that) but whose mic prowess was unknown. But Yeezy had a thing or two to teach the world, and I’m not sure if there’s ever been a better breakthrough album in hip-hop than The College Dropout. It’s not perfect. The front half is, but the second half is spotty at best. But, with that album, Kanye West would begin his journey that would ultimately change hip-hop forever. You may not like the man but his genre-blurring ambitions and refusal to just be another rapper has radically changed the hip-hop landscape this decade. “Spaceship” isn’t my favorite Kanye West song. That’s probably “Lost in the World” or “Runaway,” but this is the best song off his first record (possibly his first four records although I do love “Love Lockdown” and “Can’t Tell Me Nothing”). As someone who wiles away his day in retail hell, I can relate to a lot of this track (although obviously not the parts about being black). Enjoy.