Alright folks, new thing to try to get you guys more involved with the site. I and the other bloggers here will be doing a top 10 of our favorite songs by a particular artist every Monday. I think this should start off with a bang so why not chronicle one of the biggest. Kanye West. Also, I’m really excited to see him at ACL this year (my first ever Austin city performance btw). Enjoy my favorites from Mr. West (Mr. West….)
Why it made the list: Truthfully there were a lot of songs here at ten. I went with Robocop because well, I don’t have much here… just really dug it. *Kanye shrug* Moving on.
9. Flashing Lights
Why it made the list: I’m still baffled that Kanye didn’t take me up on my offer on a strobe light video for this song…. Which he eventually did use for All of the Lights (where are my royalties?!). As simple as Flashing Lights is, it has such staying power!
8. Everything I Am
Why it made the list: Everything I Am was just a simple reflection record for Kanye. The piano part is what got me in all honesty. It just tied in so well with the song. This would and should be higher on the list just because of much I loved it, but I just couldn’t find another place for it….
7. Through the Wire
Why it made the list: As one of the best singles on College Dropout imo, it just says so much that this album was amazing top to bottom. I mean this is 2nd to last song on that album and it made my list! How often do you get that from an album that one of the last few songs on a big album actually makes it as one of your favorite songs from the artist? Exactly.
Why it make the list: On a loaded debut album this is one of my favorites hands down. It’s the thoughts of Kanye wanting to be more than he is going from a customer service job into what he will eventually become.
5. All of the Lights
Why it made the list: One of the best collaboration songs of all time. This was an all star list of of artists and we were all completely befuddled as to how all these people can get on one track and it actually be enjoyable. It would either be an Ocean’s cast or Spider-Man 3/X-Men 3. Yes, I just took it there. Well, it turned out to be amazing and we learned again to just no longer doubt Mr. West.
Why it made the list: Champion followed Good Morning on Graduation and in my limited rap album knowledge, I consider those two songs to be the best 1 2 punch I’ve ever listened to on an album. Plus, like the song that it ended up placing behind, it’s such a great of life to strive to be a champion. Did you realize that you’re a champion in their eyes?
3. The Glory
Why it made the list: This song is the epitome of epic. Best song on the album. This helped spring the movement known as getting glory with some of the thread members. I’m out to get some glory! Just awesome.
2. Touch the Sky
Why it made the list. There just was no stopping the combo of Kanye and Lupe. Both rappers approaching the apex of their primes. Each of their next albums would be my favorite album they’ve made thus far (Graduation and The Cool respectively) Plus, Lupe made a shout out to Lupin the 3rd. What’s not to love?
1. Lost in the World
Why it’s number 1: From the moment I first heard this song from Kanye’s epic 30 minute music feature, I was hooked. The imagery of Kanye running after his fallen phoenix with this blaring in the background is just too much for words. I knew I had a new favorite from the get go. Who will survive in America?
Feel free to share your own lists with us and feel free to critique mine. That’s what this all about in the first place!
-The Big Socrates