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I mean, I know Gold Digger, but that's probably about it.
Where should I start?
then Late Registration, Graduation, 808s & Heartbreak, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy then Watch The Throne, the Cruel Summer singles and finally Yeezus.
You've no doubt heard wonderful things about MBDTF, but patience; chronology makes for a wonderful journey.
Regadless of how well you like any of it, it's a fascinating career trajectory to listen to in order.
You're sure there's not just one dead good album I listen to and then be all like 'oh yeah I known all about Kanye, xyz is his total masterpiece'. Because that's what I do with most people.
Yeah, but you'd be missing out. Go with College Dropout and see how you feel.
and completely new ideas. So good.
I'd throw my vote in for Late Registration. That album is a gem, if you ask me, and even the skits are golden. It also has "Crack Music", which is incredible.
I would also vote for MBDTF, which is one of the most impeccable, flawlessly sequenced albums I've ever heard.
Really I would just go chronologically though. He doesn't really have any bad records.
otherwise college dropout is a good start, late registration is also very good overall and ...fantasy is his masterpiece.
by no means definitive, but just some ones that i really like. I don't own 808s / watch the throne, so don't know what the good ones are on those. Just put it on shuffle and see which you like...
his first five albums from Amazon Marketplace for around £10 combined, so I did that.
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is BY FAR my favourite - not overlong, minimal skits, Nicki Minaj's guest verse on Monster, layers and layers and layers of insane production - it's easily one of my favourite albums OF ALL TIIIIIIME now.
But they're all really good.
(I've not heard Watch the Throne or the new one yet)
CD - 76 minutes
LR - 70 minutes
GRAD - 55 minutes
808s - 46 minutes
MBTF - 68 minutes
WTT - 46 minutes
YEEZ - 40 minutes
Third longest! That album is bloated af.
There isn't a single loose moment on MBDTF. It's tight as fuck.
Doesn't mean I don't like them or consider them personal classics (first couple). I love plenty of flawed albums.
I think I need to stop talking about Kanye on here it's making me question if I even like him any more. It's weird I feel like I have to defend him all the time and convince people he's actually worth checking (you should hear his early stuff!!) while simultaneously convincing the people that DO like him that they don't like him the right way :)
I had fun running the poll anyway but I bet with his increase in (critical) popularity/stature we could get way more people involved and the results would be way different now.
I struggled to get half way without skipping to Murder to Excellence before switching it off.
for my liking.
he'll never beat it.
just so incredibly beautiful, dark and touching
But you can skip 808s and still act all knowledgable about him. Nobody's going to know the difference
It was a game changer for his own career as well as the state of music of that ilk.
One of those albums I appreciate a hell of a lot more than I actually enjoy, following up a double platinum, wildly successful album which featured his biggest crossover hit single with a really dark, introspective break-up album featuring barely any rap at all and a hell of a lot of awful crooning and autotune is one hell of a bold move and I'm glad it happened because without it we wouldn't have got anything like as good an album as MBDTF to follow it imo.
I was in Fopp the other day and MBDTF was £5, so I picked it up - and I'm totally loving it. It just sounds massive, so many big tunes, funny lyrics, really passionate, feels properly big and important while still being enjoyable music. I've had Runaway in my head for days. In some ways I feel like I can't properly judge it because I just don't have the reference points, but I'm liking it in a superficial way at least.
Will definitely have to go back to his early stuff now.
I can't help thinking you've missed something by jumping straight in with it though as enjoyable an album as it obviously is given what a defining moment it is on a career and (it sounds like) a personal level as well.
It's an album reacting to the entire world thinking he's an arsehole coupled with him realising that he's a bit of an arsehole as well and maybe trying to address that a bit but in doing so creating a record that is as flawed, absurdly over the top and egotistical as he is.
So much of it seems to be about shouting down his critics, and the people emulating him, and various women, and racists, and I don't really know how much of that is the preoccupations of the genre as a whole, or just Kanye, or just Kanye on this.
everything else is shite