MITMondays: I Miss The Old Kanye
On February 10, 2004, Kanye West blessed us with The College Dropout. The album provided a few first for Mr. West. It was Kanye's first album and first Grammy as an artist. This was actually the first album my parents allowed me to buy. I was only 7, so of course, it was the censored version. I still vividly remember the trip to Best Buy to cop the album on the Friday after it dropped. I spent all of my allowance and that was the best purchase of my young life. Fast forward to now, last Friday The College Dropout celebrated 13 years. I took the time to revisit the album while I was catching up on some work this weekend. To be honest, I lowkey forgot how great this album was and still is. From the lyrics and song structure to the production and features, The College Dropout deserves to be up there on your Kanye Hierarchy.
At a young age a lot of the album flew over my head. Now that I'm older I can appreciate this album so much more. This album had all the hits from Jesus Walks to Through The Wire to Slow Jamz and All Falls Down. He even threw in a fun song in Workout Plan, but it was songs like Spaceship and Never Let Me Down that set this album apart. Spaceship tells the plight of minimum wage employee balancing working and chasing his dream. Side note: This song helped me respect Kanye's grind, cause really, who does 5 beats a day for three summers . Well that hard work has paid off. Never Let Me Down was a gem as well. Not only did Ye kill it but the spoken word by J-Ivy was perfectly placed. We can't forget how Hov dropped the mic with the line " Hov's a living Legend and I tell you why.... Everybody want to be Hov and Hov is still alive." Another aspect of the album that was amazing was the production. It's only right that Kanye produced the whole thing. Using soulful samples from Chaka Khan on Through The Wire and Marvin Gaye's Distant Lover on Spaceship. This album was a refreshing sound for hip hop culture which was becoming over saturated with gangster rap.
Looking back at it, The College Dropout was ahead of its time. In an era of gangster rap Kanye brought us a refreshing sound. Ye was on a mission to prove all those that turned him away wrong with his very first album. Everything from the lyrics to the production is A1. Revisiting this album over the weekend made me sit back and realize how much "I miss the old Kanye". As always....