I know many people will not agree with this post but it has to be said. Kanye West is the greatest rapper of all time. The people who call him cocky and an asshole forgot one thing; Kanye West was always like this. When you look into past interviews with Kanye, he would always say he was the greatest or before the College Dropout came out he said he would sell over a million copies. But now when you look back and see that he did it, he doesn’t seem as much of an ass hole. So here begins the reasons as to why Kanye West is the greatest rapper of all time.
1. When he says he is going to do something he does it. Kanye West seems to be gearing up this summer for a fall release of his new album and from the sound of his recent interviews, it seems like it will be one of the greatest releases of all times.
2. Kanye West writes his own music. Think about some of the greatest rappers. Now imagine that ghostwriters wrote a lot of their lyrics. Dr. Dre for example had a few songs ghostwritten by Jay-Z. But, Kanye West writes his own music. Even if it’s with a team sometimes, Kanye West always has an influence over his content lyrically.
3. Kanye produces his own music. Kanye West was always a producer first. That’s how he got his beginnings. His biggest break was producing for Jay-Z on The Blueprint and to this day he produces almost all of his songs. He perfected the art of sampling and has produced for some of the biggest names in Hip Hop as well. This includes the likes of The Game, Drake and T.I. Fun Fact: Kanye West mixed stronger 80 times. The man’s a perfectionist and his songs are all a work of art.
4. Not one album sounds the same. How many times have we heard rap artists rap the same lyrics over the same sounding beats? Too many times. Kanye is different. He doesn’t have one style. He has multiple different sounds and styles he created throughout his career. The College Dropout gave us a look at Kanye’s lyricism. 808’s and Heartbreak gave us a new perspective of Kanye with his use of Auto Tune. MBDTF was Kanye’s best-produced album. Yeezus was his most experimental album. His discography is the least boring of all.
5. Every move he makes in the music world is followed by a hefty amount of media coverage. Any rumors or leaks pertaining to Kanye West and his new or old music attracts a lot of attention. The man is an international icon that can make music that will blow everyone’s minds away.
6. He makes music for the future. I remember when 808’s came out and everyone hated it. They all said it was garbage and he was singing too much. Well, that album opened up the doors for many artists. One major example is Drake. On top of it, today the album is classified as one of the greatest by most notable music related blogs and magazines. The same will happen to Yeezus. A lot of people misunderstood the purpose of Yeezus. It was an experiment as to what the future will sound like. I guarantee 5-10 years from now that album will be one of the greatest of all time.
7. The man loves what he does. He’s not in it only for the money. He really believes that he’s making the world a better place with his music. He can release an album every few months and make his millions but he chooses to only make high quality music. He works with some of the biggest engineers and producers to perfect his beats such as Timbaland. His mentor and “Big Brother” is a legend who has lived through 3 generations of music. Of course I am talking about Jay-Z. And he treats everyone as competition. No one is safe when Kanye is ready to release the album because he knows how to grab your attention.
It is hard to deny that Kanye West is the greatest rapper of all time, but most of you will. He is a rapper ahead of his time. When it is all said and done, it will be hard to deny that Kanye West was, is, and always will be the greatest.
Below is one of my favorite Kanye West songs: