Kanye West: East to Best

Kanye West - JESUS IS KING
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Go back to bed Mr. West.

Just like most of Kanye’s recent endeavors, 'JESUS IS KING' was accompanied by a pretty messy and odd rollout. Constant tracklist changing, many delays, and one very, VERY important thing… Kanye’s music is now religious. Many religious themes have popped up in Ye’s material in the past (especially on ‘The College Dropout’, ‘KIDS SEE GHOSTS’, and ‘The Life of Pablo’), though this is Ye’s first true blue “religious” album. That means no “outrageous” lines or swearing, a lot more Gospel influences, and that almost every line is about Ye as a Christian, the Christian faith, or Kanye’s transformation from albums like ‘Yeezus’ into becoming a devout Christian. To be fair, Kanye has sorta been hinting at this drastic shift in directions ever since early 2019 when he started the Sunday Service Choir, a choir that makes a couple of appearances here, and began to dive deeper into Christianity.

Full Review: https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/chode/album/173704-jesus-is-king/
Kanye West & Jay-Z - Watch the Throne
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‘Watch the Throne' feels more like a victory lap following ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy' rather than a fully fleshed-out follow-up to that album. It sees Kanye West and Jay-Z teaming up. And, I mean, Kanye hot off his most ambitious and focused project yet, pairing up alongside a Jay-Z that just had dropped some of his biggest hits only two years ago with ‘The Blueprint 3’… this should be a collaboration for the ages, right? Well, not necessarily. To be clear, Ye and Jay’s pengames are on fire here- there are so many great one-liners across this thing. ‘Watch The Throne is also brimming with flamboyance. As KIDWITHGUNs said in his review, “They don't rap like rappers, they rap like celebrities.” However, ‘Watch The Throne’ both benefits and suffers from its glitzy and glamorous pastiche.

Full Review: https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/chode/album/2724-watch-the-throne/
Kanye West - Donda
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If I had to compare ‘Donda’ to another Kanye album, it would most certainly be ‘The Life of Pablo’. Just like ‘The Life of Pablo’, ‘Donda’ is pretty incohesive and all over the place, manic at times, and feels like everything Kanye channeled into one album, though, where ‘The Life of Pablo’ saw a clash between that uneven balance of Kanye’s contrarian, untamable, and, uhhhh, let’s just say un-Christlike proclivities and his side that attempted to be the best Christian he can possibly be, ‘Donda’ feels like Kanye has finally found his stride by leaning more towards the Christian side of his personality,

Best Track: Believe What I Say
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Kanye West - 808s & Heartbreak
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Here's the sad one. After the release of 2007’s ‘Graduation’, Kanye was at the top of the world- one of the most famous rappers, rubbing elbows with his idols, being looked up to by the same people he would look up to- he was… unstoppable. That was until 1 month and 30 days after ‘Graduation’s release… because tragedy struck. Kanye’s mother, Donda West, sadly passed away. She died following a surgery she had a day prior. It’s unknown the exact cause of death, but it's said that she collapsed inside her house the evening following the surgery. Kanye blames himself for her death, specifically saying “If I had never moved to L.A. she'd be alive.” Kanye was also engaged with Alexis Phifer… but, sadly, their relationship came to an end around the same time Ye’s mother passed away.

Full Review: https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/chode/album/844-808s-heartbreak/
Kanye West - Graduation
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Graduation is good 👍

Yeah, let’s get this out of the way first, ‘Graduation’ is the worst in Ye's “school” series. However, I think it’s also an incredibly important album for elevating Ye’s star power to unforeseen heights. Ye was already pretty popular, but ‘Graduation’ was just on another level of success. Right now, I just want you to look at the tracklist. ‘Stronger’, ‘Good Life’, ‘Flashing Lights’, ‘Homecoming’- these are songs I hear people still playing to this day. On Spotify, LR has 2 songs with 100 Million+ streams, TCD has 3… ‘Graduation’ has 7 and it’s only 13 tracks. This album is QUINTUPLE PLATINUM. I mean, it’s obvious that this would be more popular than LR and TCD, right? ‘Graduation’ appealed to a more commercial audience, which is both for the better and the worse.

Full Review: https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/chode/album/435-graduation/
Kanye West - ye
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Kanye’s self-titled album and, in my opinion, one of his most underrated- ‘ye’. ‘ye’ is just about as personal as a self-titled album should be. Just like Kanye did for the creation process of MBDTF, he went into self-imposed isolation. This time, however, Ye went to Wyoming. This isolation was also much more casual, however. Pretty good spot if you think about it, nobody lives in Wyoming. He settled down in his Wyoming ranch and produced five albums- three for other artists, two for himself. The first of his own was ‘ye’. Now, in 2016, Kanye was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. This is incredibly important to understand not only just when looking at ‘ye’ but also Kanye’s entire career. All of the rash, spur-of-the-moment decisions Kanye has made regarding both his music and what he says/how he is perceived in the public eye can mostly be chalked down to his bipolar disorder.

Full Review: https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/chode/album/112577-ye/
Kanye West - Yeezus
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2013 comes along and Ye asks himself “how do I follow up MBDTF?” His answer? Well, you kinda don’t. To be fair, Kanye could have gone anywhere after 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy' and the hip-hop community would eat it up... and anywhere is where he went. 'Yeezus’ is Kanye’s forte into experimental hip-hop. An industrial, incredibly unconventional, and even manic LP that may not be as cutting edge as experimental hip-hop contemporaries, but still serves as a consistently creative and unorthodox look into the darkest, most demented corners of Kanye’s mind. It’s his most over-the-top album, it’s the album in which he relishes in his egotistical desires the most, and uhhh... let's just say his most “out there”.

Full Review: https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/chode/album/7215-yeezus/
Kids See Ghosts - KIDS SEE GHOSTS
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Kanye West and Kid Cudi’s long-awaited collaboration: ‘KIDS SEE GHOSTS’. Just like ‘ye’, it runs at a short and scant 23 minutes and 7 tracks. However, also like ‘ye’, ‘KIDS SEE GHOSTS’ makes great use of its short 23 minutes. ‘KIDS SEE GHOSTS’ feels like a return to the extravagance that ‘ye’ was missing. The esoteric sampling, layered beats, progressive song structures, and array of genres on display that were missing from most of ‘ye’ are all present here. ‘KIDS SEE GHOSTS’, however, is more than just a long-awaited collaboration of two legendary artists- it’s a turning point in the careers of both Kanye and Cudi.

Full Review: https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/chode/album/108509-kids-see-ghosts/
Kanye West - The Life of Pablo
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‘The Life of fucking Pablo’. Messy, wild, scattered, all over the place, incohesive, yet genius- perhaps Kanye’s most interesting project. First, we need to talk about the album rollout, because it was an absolute CLUSTERFUCK! Well, Kanye is synonymous with delays. No matter how much Kanye changes between eras, one thing will remain true: he cannot come up with a concrete release date. ‘The Life of Pablo’ was delayed for 531 days… and then was released unfinished. Anyway, it was announced in 2013 and slated for 2014 with the working title of ‘So Help Me God’. Standalone singles ‘FourFiveSeconds’, ‘Only One’, ‘All Day’, and ‘Facts’ would be released throughout 2014-December 2015, meanwhile, the album title would be changed once again to ‘SWISH’. It wasn’t until January of 2016 that actual singles would roll out for this album. 3 on-album singles later and two more album title changes (into ‘Waves’ and then finally into what the title currently is), Kanye West combined the premiere of Yeezy season 3 with the live premiere of ‘The Life of Pablo’. A couple of days later, ‘The Life of Pablo’ was released exclusively on Tidal and Pirate Bay.

Full Review: https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/chode/album/48146-the-life-of-pablo/
Kanye West - The College Dropout
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🗣DRUUUG DEALING JUST TO GET BYYYYY

After struggling to make a name for himself producing for more underground acts throughout the 90s, Kanye, now entering into the 2000s, received the opportunity of a lifetime. In 2001, Jay-Z’s ‘The Blueprint’ was released, brimming with production from Kanye. It’s odd to think of a time where something as measly as a production credit would be a big deal for Kanye West, and yet, here we are (or were). While Ye continued to get promising jobs working as a producer, he wanted to be a rapper. Despite many labels rejecting him due to how he doesn’t fit that “gangsta image” which was ever so present in popular hip-hop at the time, Ye was, reluctantly, taken in as both a rapper and producer by hip-hop powerhouse Roc-A-Fella Records.

Full Review: https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/chode/album/508-the-college-dropout/
Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
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🗣️🗣️🗣️ CAN WE GET MUCH HIGHER 🔝🔝🔝🔝🔝🔝🔝🔝🔝🔝🔝🔝🔝🔝🔝🔝🔝🔝

‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is a celebration of a lot of things… hip-hop, pop, music as a whole, and, most importantly, Kanye West both as an artist and a person. As a celebration of him as an artist, it's perhaps both his pinnacle production-wise and lyrically. It feels like Kanye’s best and most grandiose album (even if it's not my personal favorite). However, as a celebration (or moreso a dissection) of Kanye as a person, ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ serves as Ye’s most confessional album. It’s such a confessional, personal album…. moments on some songs sound like they don’t want to be listened to (such as the moments of pitch-shifting on ‘Blame Game’ and the overly long outro of ‘Runaway’). Loving this album is loving Kanye, flaws and all.

Full Review: https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/chode/album/1998-my-beautiful-dark-twisted-fantasy/
Kanye West - Late Registration
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One of my favorite things about Kanye West is that no matter what album you pick as your favorite, there is no “wrong” answer. Ok, well, maybe a couple, but still… he was like 5 or 6 amazing-ass albums that go unparalleled by nearly every rapper. Well, for my money… ‘Late Registration’ is Kanye’s best album. One of the few albums that I, personally, would perhaps call flawless. Maybe it's because I’ve subjected myself to it so many times, or maybe it's because it’s just that great, I’ll never be able to know. But one thing I do know is that, in my humble opinion, ‘Late Registration’ is one of the single best musical experiences one can subject themselves to.

Best Track: We Major
Full Review: https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/chode/album/484-late-registration/
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1mo
u forgot stronger and jesus walks, his most important singles :/
1mo
@landlalt ok
1mo
can you do a ddd on animal collective next please
1mo
imma fix wolves
1mo
Jesus is king
1mo
great list! much better than @rafae_l 's list!
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