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January 19, 2005

When will people learn?

When I read over at Hardly Anybody Reading This that the The Mack's Kanye West List had been updated, I just knew that the "Jesus Walks" entry had been updated to note that Kanye didn't actually write it.

Nope, it hasn't:

Kanye West - Jesus Walks
Album: The College Dropout
Released: February 2004
Beat: Converting approximately 3.7 people per minute, Kanye saves one of his best beats for his savior. Mixing gospel vocals, violins, marching-band snare hits and a vocoder, Kanye gives Jesus his due. No matter what religion you're being fooled by, this boot-camp banger will make you believe in something. [5]
Words: At this song's start, Kanye breaks the song wide open with some of the best bars on his solo debut: "Ya know what the midwest is?/ Young and Restless/ Where restless (niggaz) might snatch ya necklace/ And next these (niggaz) might jack yo Lexus/ Somebody tell these (niggaz) who Kanye West is/ I walk through the valley of Chi where death is/ Top floor, the view alone will leave you breathless (gasp)/ Try to catch it (gasp)/ Its kinda hard getting choked by detectives/ Yeah, yeah now check the method." The rest of the song can't live up to the opening intensity (that "Happy Gilmore" reference is tired, bro), but he manages to sound grimy and devout at the same time--a hard sell. Dude needs Jesus and more power to him. Goes to show, if your rhymes and beats are tight enough, you can get anything on the radio--for better or worse. [4]
Overall: Holler at God! [4.5]

Notice how Kanye "breaks the song wide open with some of the best bars on his solo debut?" That's because he didn't write that shit! That "the rest of the song can't live up to the opening intensity" doesn't surprise me at all because that's the part that bitch actually wrote.

Sean and Ryan, please go through your list again and note which songs Kanye actually wrote and which ones he didn't. Until you do, I don't think that you can truly refer to your little list as "comprehensive."

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Bol, I think you're right here. I can make a small change to this soon. But still, the delivery of those first lines really gets you, who says Rhymefest would have spit it with such intensity. But yea, credit must be due. And we usually do put "co-produced" or "co-written" when we see fit.

Posted by: Ryan | Jan 22, 2005 4:34:13 PM

Well, it's only right.

Posted by: Bol | Jan 22, 2005 11:04:03 PM

Done and done.

http://themack.org/KanyeList.html

Kanye West - Jesus Walks
Album: The College Dropout
Released: February 2004
Beat: Converting approximately 3.7 people per minute, Kanye saves one of his best beats for his savior. Mixing gospel vocals, violins, marching-band snare hits and a vocoder, Kanye gives Jesus his due. No matter what religion you're being fooled by, this boot-camp banger will make you believe in something. [5]
Words: At this song's start, Kanye breaks the song wide open with some of the best bars on his solo debut: "Ya know what the midwest is?/ Young and Restless/ Where restless (niggaz) might snatch ya necklace/ And next these (niggaz) might jack yo Lexus/ Somebody tell these (niggaz) who Kanye West is/ I walk through the valley of Chi where death is/ Top floor, the view alone will leave you breathless (gasp)/ Try to catch it (gasp)/ Its kinda hard getting choked by detectives/ Yeah, yeah now check the method." Now, much has been made of the co-writing credit given to Kon-man pal Rhymefest and his acknowledged involvement in "Jesus Walks," but it's simply ridiculous to take away all of Kanye's credit on this--no matter who wrote what exactly, it's his delivery that makes it so magnetic. As Rhymefest has said in interviews, "Jesus Walks" would not exist if it hadn't been for both of their contributions. No matter how misguided, blogger Byron Crawford's quest to ban Kanye West from the 2005 Grammys due to this "controversy" must be recognized and commended for its Barnum & Bailey-style huckstery. Anyway, back to the song, which fails to live up to the intensity of those opening lines (that "Happy Gilmore" reference is tired, bro). Yet Kanye manages to sound grimy and devout at the same time--a hard sell. Dude needs Jesus and more power to him. Goes to show, if your rhymes and beats are tight enough, you can get anything on the radio--for better or worse. [4]
Overall: Holler at God! [4.5]

Posted by: Ryan | Jan 25, 2005 11:32:43 PM

Huckstery is a word?

Posted by: Bol | Jan 26, 2005 12:07:04 AM

It's not a "real" word but you get the idea. We're breaking boundaries with this bitch. I own Dictionary.com.

Posted by: Ryan | Jan 26, 2005 9:32:15 AM

> As Rhymefest has said in interviews, "Jesus Walks" would not exist if it hadn't been for both of their contributions.

Well...he says that shit NOW. but before, he was talking about being bitter because radio stations wouldnt play "Jesus Walks" until Kanye performed ti.

Posted by: djxplicit | Jan 26, 2005 4:07:56 PM

has anyone even seen a picture of jesus and kanye together?

Posted by: ROX ONE | Jan 26, 2005 4:19:39 PM

DUDE that's a good point. I'll definitely bring that up in a future post.

Posted by: Bol | Jan 26, 2005 4:26:07 PM

"Stations wouldn't play 'Jesus Walks' until Kanye performed it."

What does that say about the quality of the original recording? I don't see how Rhymefest could be bitter given that this whole transaction has given him more notoriety and money than he'd likely ever achieve on his own.

Posted by: Lemon Drop Kid | Mar 16, 2005 3:32:05 AM

KANYE WEST IS A FUCKIN LEGEND....I WENT TO SEE HIM AT NEC WHEN THEM GUYS GOT SHOT

May Those shot RIP

BUT KANYE = FUCKIN GENIUS...WHY THE HELL BAN HIM! HES AMAZIN...BLOODY GROW UP N GET ON WITH UR SADASS LIVES

Posted by: ASH | Mar 6, 2006 9:41:16 AM

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