Analysis

Exposed: Why Kanye West Ends His Albums in Front of Crowds

Exposed: Why Kanye West Ends His Albums in Front of Crowds
As someone who runs a Kanye West podcast, I felt really dumb when I just realized this for the first time: Kanye ends Graduation, 808s & Heart...

The beauty of Kanye West rapping "No way, José" on Big Brother

The beauty of Kanye West rapping "No way, José" on Big Brother
I know this might seem like a nothing moment, but it really marks the beauty of Kanye West's abilities as a storyteller when he says "Translate, e...

How Kanye West Interpolates Common's I Used to Love H.E.R. in Homecoming

If you're a Kanye West fan, then the opening lines of Common's first verse of I Used to Love H.E.R. should sound familiar: I met this girl when I...

How Kanye West's Otis Redding sample on Gone represents his fraught relationship with music

Gone opens with Otis Redding's beautiful voice singing some familiar words: Wished I had told ooh was (the) only one (uh oh!)But it's too late, it...

The Power of Sampling Kurt Cobain's "Burn the Rain" in Cudi Montage

After all the ghoulish sounds and spooky flourishes that riddle KIDS SEE GHOSTS, the album's final song begins with a lone guitar: Burn the Rain ...

The Dark Fantasy Ends for Kanye West on Violent Crimes

I don't know if you've ever seen the The Holy Mountain but...it's crazy. Like, really bonkers. In fact, it's so bizarre that I don't think I'...