It’s been two decades, twelve albums, twenty-four Grammys, two marriages, and a decade of Yeezy fashion since Kanye West dropped his debut album, ‘The College Dropout’. This groundbreaking album not only showcased his musical prowess but also hinted at the complex persona he would later become.
Fast forward to today, and Kanye is set to release ‘Vultures, Volume 1’, a collaborative album with Ty Dolla $ign, marking yet another chapter in his storied career. From his early days as a hip-hop hitmaker to his evolution into a controversial figure embroiled in uncomfortable discussions about bipolar disorder and antisemitism, Kanye has undergone numerous transformations over the years.
But who exactly was “the old Kanye”? In the beginning, Kanye was a provocateur, unafraid to challenge societal norms with tracks like “Jesus Walks.” Despite initially being known as a producer rather than a rapper, Kanye’s determination to break into the rap scene led him to pursue a career as an artist, despite facing obstacles along the way.
‘The College Dropout’, released in 2004, was a monumental success, showcasing Kanye’s unique blend of beats and socially conscious lyrics. Songs like “School Spirit” and “All Falls Down” resonated with audiences, highlighting Kanye’s anxieties about societal issues and his own personal struggles.
Kanye’s rise to fame was unconventional, especially considering his background as the suburban son of an English professor. Despite not fitting the mold of a traditional rapper, Kanye’s authenticity and raw talent set him apart in the industry.
As his career progressed, Kanye continued to defy expectations, releasing albums that pushed the boundaries of hip-hop. From the introspective ‘808s & Heartbreak’ to the controversial ‘Yeezus’, Kanye’s music reflected his evolving emotional state and artistic vision.
However, Kanye’s recent behavior has raised concerns among fans and critics alike. His outspoken support for Donald Trump and controversial statements about slavery and Jewish people have led many to question his mental health and moral compass.
Despite the controversies surrounding him, Kanye remains a polarizing figure in the world of music. Whether you love him or hate him, there’s no denying the impact he has had on hip-hop and popular culture as a whole.
As we await the release of ‘Vultures, Volume 1’, it’s clear that Kanye’s journey is far from over. Love him or hate him, one thing is for sure: Kanye West will always be one of the most influential artists of his generation.