today is a huge day for black history, hip hop, the world. “college dropout” turned 10 years old. now i have to admit, i fronted on kanye during his inaugural era so hard, sacreligious i know. he was the sole performer at my college’s homecoming concert in 2004 and i complained about the show costing $20 and didn’t go. cut to 10 years later and this girl saw him in concert three times within five months in 2013. it’s not my favorite kanye album, but i could never ignore its ginormous cultural impact. i revisited “college dropout” this morning (going through his entire discography today) and had a huge revelation…
kanye west of 2004 and kanye west of 2014 are the same person.
during ye’s huge media blitz last year, i kept seeing this sentiment of wanting “the old kanye back”. at first, i assumed that people were feenin’ for those epic soul record samples that anchored “college dropout”. as the tweets, facebook statuses, and thinkpieces rolled in, i realized that i was completely off the mark. people were feeling like kanye’s message had changed. i obviously balked at these assertions and went on a social media rampage to refute this. the closer i listened to “college dropout” today, the stronger i felt in my conviction. don’t believe me? check this…
All Falls Down = New Slaves
|Man I promise, I’m so self conscious
That’s why you always see me with at least one of my watches
Rollies and Pasha’s done drove me crazy
I can’t even pronounce nothingpass that versace!
Then I spent 400 bucks on this
Just to be like nigga you ain’t up on this!
|What you want a Bentley, fur coat and diamond chain?
All you blacks want all the same things
Used to only be niggas now everybody playin’
Spending everything on Alexander Wang
Never Let Me Down = New Slaves
|I get down for my grandfather, who took my momma
Made her sit in that seat where white folks ain’t want us to eat
At the tender age of 6, she was arrested for the sittin’
And with that in my blood, I was born to be differentNow niggas can’t make it to battles to chose leadership
But we can make it to Jacobs and to the dealership
That’s why I hear new music and I just don’t be feelin’ it
Racism still alive, they just be concealin’ it
|My momma was raised in an era when,
Clean water was only served to the fairer skin
Doing clothes you would have thought I had help
But they wasn’t satisfied unless I picked the cotton myself.
You see it’s broke nigga racism
That’s that “Don’t touch anything in the store
Spaceship = Monologue at MSG
|But let some black people walk in
I bet they show off their token blackie
Oh now they love Kanye, let’s put him all in the front of the store
|“What I want to express is yes, there are things that hold me back because I’m black but there’s also reasons why I’m there because I’m black. They need a token. But since I’m the token I’m gonna spend my token and take the train all the way home. I’m gonna wear tight jeans like a white boy and a big chain like hip-hop.”|
Two Words = I Am a God
|Screamin, Jesus save me
You know how the game be
I can’t let em change me
Cuz on Judgment Day, you gon blame me
Look God, it’s the same me
|I am a god
Even though I’m a man of God
My whole life in the hands of God
So y’all better quit playing with God
Last Call = Interview on Jimmy Kimmel
|Every motherfucker told me that I couldn’t rhyme
Now I could let these dream killers kill my self-esteem
Or use my arrogance as the steam to power my dreams
I use it as my gas, so they say that I’m gassed
But without it I’d be last, so I ought to laugh
So I don’t listen to the suits behind the desk no more
You niggaz wear suits ’cause you can’t dress no more
You can’t say shit to Kanye West no more
I rocked 20,000 people, I was just on tour
|“No matter how many people tell me “stop believing in yourself, stop saying what you can do, stop affirming what you can do and then completing that in real life. That’s the improper way to do it.” I refuse to follow those rules, and the way that society is set up and the way that they control people with low self-esteem. With improper information, with branding, with marketing; I refuse to follow those rules!”|
if that wasn’t enough to convince you, here is kanye in his own words from his lovely rush of tweets commemorating this special day.
like yeezus 13:8 says, kanye is the same yesterday, today, and forever. for that, we are grateful.
::turns up “we don’t care” at obnoxious levels::