Awesome Music: Kanye West

I'm all happy for you, and I'mma let you finish, but I just wanted to say that Kanye West has some of the best music of all time!
  • "Stronger", sampling from Daft Punk and interpolating scenes from the Anime smash movie AKIRA in the video. (It helps that he's a huge Anime and Japan fan, of course - with his swords and listening party to Graduation including HENTAI.)
    • Not just Akira; the scenes in the "Stronger" music video are uncannily similar to the song's segment in Interstella 5555, which "tells" its story entirely through the music of Daft Punk.
    • The live version at the 2009 Grammy award, where Daft Punk actually being present was a surprise three minutes into a four-minute number, may be his greatest Moment of Awesome on stage.
  • The entirety of Graduation. But probably not by that much as many of his fans feel it's his best album followed very closely by Late Registration.
    • "Flashing Lights" from the Graduation album is also pretty good. It's also on the Grand Theft Auto IV soundtrack.
  • Most critics however give the honor to The College Dropout, which was named the best album of the decade by a few publications (including Entertainment Weekly) and made countless other "best albums" lists.
  • If you haven't had the chance to listen to Late Orchestration, do some Googling and educate yourself. Kanye + the strings from the London Philharmonic Orchestra = some Crazy Awesome live versions of songs from his first two albums. Kanye actually still uses this album's version of "Through the Wire" as his backing track when he performs it on tour.
  • The whole point of the Glow In The Dark Tour was to create one of these every night, by all accounts he (with the help of Lupe Fiasco, N.E.R.D. and Rihanna) succeeded.
  • As far as lyrics go, most of Kanye's songs (especially the singles from his first three albums) have one particular line that features such a random metaphor or corny play on words that it sticks in your head and makes you think, "Only Kanye..." Listed here until we get a Music of Funny page:
    • From "Good Life": "Have you ever popped champagne on a plane, while gettin' some brain / Whipped it out, she said 'I never seen "Snakes on a Plane."'"
    • From "Monster": "Have you ever had sex with a pharaoh? / I put the pussy in a sarcophagus!" See, it's funny because the Egyptians preserved their cats after death...
    • And of course, from "Slow Jamz": "She got a light-skinned friend, look like Michael Jackson / Got a dark-skinned friend look like Michael Jackson..."
    • From "Flashing Lights": "I'm just saying, Hey Mona Lisa, come home you know you can't Rome without Caesar."
    • These lines from "The Glory": "So yeah, at the Grammy's I went Ultra-Travolta/Yeah, that tuxedo might'a been a little guido/But with my ego, I could stand there in a speedo/And be looked at like a fuckin' hero."
    • From the "Get By" remix with a whole collection of Brooklyn's finest MC's, he starts his verse with "It's something about that Nina Simone piano flow, it's like a Michaelangelo painted a portrait of Maya Angelou."
    • From "Last Call": "They say he bourgie, he big headed - Won't you please stop talking about how my dick head is."
    • "I don't really give a fuck about it at all, cause the same people that tried to blackball me forgot about 2 things: my black balls."
    • From "Blood on the Leaves" on Yeezus - "she Instagram herself like 'BAD BITCH ALERT'/He Instagram his watch like 'MAD RICH ALERT'." Everyone seems to agree that the track has one of the most right-the-fuck-out-of-nowhere in-your-face awesome drops of all time.
    • From "I'm In It" - "Your titties, let 'em out, free at last / thank God almighty, they free at last"
  • "Child Rebel Soldier". "Don't Stop!" The beat already kills... and then the horns come in. AND IT'S FREE.
    • Another free song "Christian Dior Denim Flow" is equally awesome, and ends with a killer Kid Cudi verse and a minute-long guitar solo.
      • Those two tracks mentioned above are also part of Kanye's "G.O.O.D. Fridays" initiative, which is him releasing a brand spanking new song every friday, and all of which have been completely awesome.
    • Us Placers gives us Kanye, Pharrell, and Lupe over a Thom Yorke sample. It doesn't get any better than that.
  • Basically, the entirety of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.
    • "Dark Fantasy" kicks off the album perfectly, with a kick-ass Gospel chorus, a great beat, and appropriately snarky lyrics. The fairy-tale opening by Nicki Minaj doesn't hurt, either.
    • "Power" certainly qualifies. Wall-to-wall production with guitars, sirens, a women's choir, earth-shaking bass, and some of Kanye's best rhymes yet. Dwele sings a verse, and it samples "21st Century Schizoid Man"? Not to mention the cover art.
    • A snippet of "All of the Lights" featuring Drake was leaked, which sounds like a marching band's dream. EPIC. Then, in the premiere of his film Runaway, the song appeared without Drake, but included the chorus sung by Rihanna. STILL EPIC. And the final version? Five minutes long, but featuring vocals from not one, not two, but 11 guest artists, including ELTON FUCKIN' JOHN - who also provides piano throughout the song and the equally incredible orchestral interlude which precedes it. Amazing.
      • And now there's the remix, with Lil Wayne, Kanye's protege Big Sean, and Drake, who gets his vengance after being cut from the original version.
    • Also off of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is "Runaway", his 9 minute melancholy epic devoted almost entirely to making toasts to the "douchebags" and "jerk-offs". It shouldn't work, but it does.
    • "Devil In A New Dress," which was one of Kanye's 'G.O.O.D. Fridays' projects, extends the awesome that it already has with epic guitar wailing, sweet piano melodies, and an even sweeter verse by Rick Ross.
    • This has to be the best Watch The Throne track, and up there as one of the catchiest things Kanye's ever done. The Will Ferrell sample near the end kills it!
    • "No Church in the Wild", also from Watch The Throne.
    • "Blame Game".
    • The beautiful "Lost In The World". It begins with a quiet and emotional sample of "Woods" by Bon Iver that builds into a glorious and thundering crescendo of African drums, chanting and church choir. Overall it is an emotional love song, a hate song, a Heartwarming Moment, a Tear Jerker, and it is GLORIOUS.
  • Heard 'em Say, from his album Late Registration. It touches on issues that many Americans face, such as poverty and discrimination, but maintains that despite all of the hardships, there is still hope. Accompanied by both Adam Levine and a melody via piano and soft bells twinkling in the background, this song is extremely well-put together and well-done.
  • The remix of "New God Flow", already a song in which Pusha T and Kanye deliver some great verses over a Ghostface Killah sample, goes absolutely insane when Ghostface himself shows up on the track and delivers an epic verse for the last minute and a half of the song.