This is the first ever edition of 'Are They Really That Nice?' The first person that we are going to dissect is Kanye West. Is he really that nice? Well, we gotta decide whether or not we are talking rapper or producer. Why not both?!
As a producer we will hear the same arguments over his knack and habit for sampling other peoples' music. Okay Mr. West. Enough is enough. I was about to stumble across listing of tracks called the Late Samples. It was an 'album' composed of songs that Kanye sampled for the Late Registration alone. This 'album' was 21 tracks long. I believe that that was the same amount of tracks on the album. Hmm..? His samples range from songs that most people of his genre will know as well as artists from other genres such at techno, rock, heavy metal and jazz. When I listen to a beat that Kanye has made (or put together), I find fun in trying to identify the song he sampled. Is it better to sample songs that people know or don't know?
Now as a rapper.. A very important and vital part of rapping is rhyming. There are plenty of words in the English language that you should not have to make up your own word or intentionally mispronounce it to make it rhyme. Unfortunately, but acceptable, people like Jeezy and T.I. can get away with this because of their southern accents. Kanye, I am sorry you are not gonna get away with saying things like 'apart-a-ment'. Lines such as 'Good morn-ian/ Look at the valedictorian/', and 'Don't ever fix your lips like collagen/ Before you say something you gon' end up apologin/. Sorry Mr. West, these type of things don't fly. This is something that Ice T should be making fun of. Not to mention the fact that he won the grammy for Jesus Walks after he cried about it at a previous award show. Only for us to find out that it was in fact his friend Rhymefest who actually wrote the song. He took the theme, beat and concept of Diamonds are Forever from Lupe Fiasco. And how many times have we heard Lupe d a freestyle and just mainly reword someone else's verse.
You let me know, is he Over-Rated and need to be Rated-Over?
Here are some tracks to listen to.. Tell me if they sound familiar.