A decade ago, Kanye West, this era’s most compelling pop musician, released his first album. The conflicted artist presented on The College Dropout—an avowed-Christian backpacker rapping about money, hoes, and rims again—has only grown more complicated in the years since then, and the result is a contradictory, often frustrating body of work. That is to say, an inadvisable subject for ranking.
It’s taken me about two weeks to get back to this, and I don’t even know where to start. I think it’s a fantastic ranking, and the writer nailed a majority of the piece. The main items that are out of place:
No. 72: So Appalled— I’m in the camp where My Dark Beautiful Twisted Fantasy is Kanye’s “Potato Eaters.” Yeezus doesn’t happen without MDBTF. This song is a great example of Yeezy experimenting and finding his tone for what would be the follow up album, so No. 72 is just too low for me.
No. 33: Guilt Trip— Nah. Decent song, but 33? Ahead of Blame Game, Heartless and Diamonds?
No. 27: Through the Wire— HE RECORDED A SONG WITH HIS JAW WIRED SHUT.
No. 17: I’m In It — This is a top 10 song. IDC IDC IDC. The intro, bridge and beat of the first portion— Caribbean detour it takes half-way through. Air horns. Subtle dog barking. FOH. This song makes me want to run through a brick wall //
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