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April 16, 2005

Time Magazine is Wrong

Kanye West just recently made the Time 100. The Time 100 is "the 100 most influential people in the world today", as selected by Time magazine. Of course, Kanye only made it cause they had to get someone from Hip-Hop. Kanye is not even in the top 100 in Hip-Hop, let alone overall. His music, is completely hypocritical. As Time points out:

All Falls Down calls out the "single black female addicted to retail," while West himself covets anything that shines.

His generic, boring flow coupled with unoriginal beats, douchebaggery and the fact that the shit was written and produced by some other dude only brings the album down. But this isn't a critique of Kanye's album. We all know his shit was never all that good. But this is about Kanye's influence in the hip-hop world.

I want to ask the question: who is influenced by Kanye's work? What concept did he introduce that people are re-using? Sped-up soul samples are not Kanye's concept. RZA was doing that shit years ago, and much, much, MUCH better. Rapping about religion is, again, nothing new. He didn't even introduce wailing schoolchildren. Jay-Z did that. Nas did that. So what did he introduce? As far as I'm concerned, the only thing this douchebag introduced are superflous violin solos in hip-hop songs. And no has attempted to do that again. And, it should be noted, many hip-hop acts have had instrumental solos over their beats. DJ Quik had a guitar solo over his "Medley for a 'V' (Reprise)" song. In conclusion, Kanye West's album was nothing new, and it didnt influence anybody. Are more people using sped-up samples now? Sure, but that was not Kanye's influence, rather, Kanye was influenced by older producers who sped-up songs before. So there you go. Time Magazine discussing Hip-Hop = 99% of the time wrong.

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who gives a fuck what ur sayin he is influencin me with lots of others! my sista became an aretha franklin fan after kanye west!!

Posted by: theking | Apr 27, 2005 5:26:37 AM

well great for your sister.
that doesnt mean shit when we talk about time mag's 100 most influential people.

Posted by: djxplicit | Apr 27, 2005 5:54:21 AM

this is the most ridiculous statement i have ever had the dis-pleasure of hearing. First we will talk about kanyes musical influence. His instrumentals have revolutionzied hip hop music, from his respect for soul music, to his indepth and layered tracks. If you want to argue that his work is elementary, just as dam dash. As he puts it, "kanye wests spaceships is one of the single most complicated instrumentals i have ever heard. i doubt you could ever duplicate it exactly without the masters right next to you. You also forget the fact (or probably don't no in the fuckin first place) that kanye produced Jay-z's hit single H to the izzo along with This can't be life and lucief, to name a few others. He also has produced tracks for camron, do or die, twista, common and talib kweli to name a few others. If he is respected by the biggest names in hip hop that says alot, much more then your little ass worthless fuckin opinion
P.s. WHO EVER WROTE THIS SHOULD BE BAND FROM SPEAKING

Posted by: nick | May 4, 2005 10:51:17 PM

by the way, nice web page u sick fuck


o yea, and that thing about kanye being on there cause they need hip hop representation, they had J o that shit 2... so all your points basically sucked, kanye may not be the best with spoken word but he has the full package in a hip hop world of 1 dementional bull shit, he should be on that list.
and you should seek some help

Posted by: nick | May 4, 2005 11:40:59 PM

All Falls Down calls out the "single black female addicted to retail," while West himself covets anything that shines.


cosign.


i saw him on tv awhile back and he was wearing a louie votton bag. what is that?

Posted by: pee | May 8, 2005 11:56:26 PM

>These pickaninnies get with anything to sell records
Cause it's trendy to be the conscious MC
But next year, who knows what we'll see?
Ha-Ha, these are our heroes
Nas, There Are Our Heroes"

Kanye West is not a "full package" or is more than a 1 dimensional "artist". As Nas stated, it is trendy to be the conscious MC. All of you are fooled by his catchy beats and "great" lyrics, which are no different then who came before him ie: Common (who he signed, go figure), Talib Kweli (who he said himself made "mainsteam"), and Mos Def.
The only thing that differs from them and Kanye is that Kanye is just starting to use this faux conscious rap while others used it better. Oh, and that Kanye wears pink, worked at the GAP (oh lordy lord, not the GAP, it must of been so hard) and raped... I mean rapped about Jesus.

Posted by: Noodles | May 9, 2005 9:14:35 AM

Who have U influenced lately???

Posted by: dbaca | May 9, 2005 11:52:05 AM

appearently noodles' little brother (BIG NH).

but the real question is, when did time magazine call me one of the 100 most influential people on the planet?

the point isnt whether i should be on that list, because ill admit i prob shouldnt. the point is kanye doesnt either.

Posted by: djxplicit | May 9, 2005 6:45:19 PM

Well, maybe Kanye hasn't influenced you in any way, but surely he has influenced somebody in some way on a global scale. The magazine never said he was the greatest hip-hop artist of all-time, it just said that musically he has influenced, not necessarily others in the music industry, but a lot of people in general through his music.

Posted by: dbaca | May 10, 2005 10:17:14 AM

Late Registration

July 12th

If u love good music, buy the album.

Posted by: dbaca | May 10, 2005 10:26:35 AM

Wow, the guy that wrote this article definitely don't know anything about hip-hop or have a personal biast against Kanye West that leaves you blind to seeing the whole picture. I'm an enormous hip-hop fan (no, I'm not like those guys that only knows new stuff and doesn't know old school, etc.). I have over 500 hip-hop albums and I know my hip-hop stuff. Yes, Kanye West does spend money on clothes, jewlery, etc., but he comfronts this in the song. He says that even he falls victim to the addiction of spending money just to look good for others. So you call Kanye West a hypocrite? That means Tupac and Nas are the worst emcees ever (because they are very contradictory) when in fact they are two of the greatest ever. Jay-Z even admitted to wanting to do more social commentary and things of that sort like Common: "Truthfully I wanna rhyme like Common Sense, but I did 5 I ain't been rhyming like Common since". Does this mean he's also a horrible emcee? I guess Dr.Dre is also a horrible hip-hop artists cause in the song "Express Yourself" he says that he doesn't do drugs and condemns them and then he comes out with an album called The Chronic. Eminem would also be considered a bad emcee cause he said the Grammys were a joke and that he didn't like them, etc, but when he won a Grammy he did care. Dr. Dre, Jay-Z, Nas, Eminem, and Tupac are all great hip-hop artists even if they have made some contradictory statements. Kanye West is bringing the "backpack movement" back. He's taken Common to the next level on BE. The College Dropout, by the way, was the best hip-hop album of 2004. Name me one that was better. RZA may have been doing the instrumental stuff before, but not at the same level. Check out BE by Common. It is easily one of the best produced hip-hop albums ever. Maybe you prefer to hear 50 Cent on the radio sing love songs instead of bringing a movement of self-consciousness with Kanye, Common, Mos Def, and Talib Kweli. Kanye is the future of hip-hop and shows a lot of potential. Kanye has been influential for bringing good music that actually has lyrical value to to some people that had only heard bad radio songs. Just to clarify this to everyone, Kanye West did not write part of the first verse to "Jesus Walks", but he didn write the second verse which was easily the best part. What happen to you that you have an unfair bias against Kanye? Are you just ignorant or did something bad happen to you because of his music?

Posted by: Jay-Z123 | May 26, 2005 11:07:04 PM

Jay-Z123:
youre actually so much of an idiot that im gonna hate myself cause im prob wasting my time bringing logic to your life.

the contradiction criticism...i did not make that criticism. it was time magazine.

i say: time magazine is wrong.

in short, you are agreeing with me. on the other hand, you still want to protect your boyfriend kanye west by disagreeing with me.

oh and BE is not common's best, and there were better hip-hop albums than kanye west's "im too dumb for college" in 2004

Posted by: djxplicit.blogspot.com | May 27, 2005 6:07:38 PM

Tupac contradicted himself a lot, does that take away from his music?

Posted by: ya'll can suck my balls | May 31, 2005 11:48:18 PM

this dude doesnt know anything u dont need a bunch of new shit as long as the muzic is good. That hole album is stacked with good muzic.


~cant wait until july 12 woo hoo

Posted by: ninja | Jun 2, 2005 5:05:26 PM

>Tupac contradicted himself a lot, does that take away from his music?

depends. sometimes it added to his whole crazy persona and sometimes it was just silly.

and seriously, jay-z, 2pac....any other overrated rappers you people want to bring into this?

(^hopefully that will anger a few more people)

Posted by: djxplicit.blogspot.com | Jun 3, 2005 6:29:15 PM

WOW, that's the first thing that comes to my mind when i read these comments.

Many rap artist contradict themselves and theyre still labled as rap icons. I didnt like kanye's flow when he first came out, but i bought the album after riding with a friend who was playingIT. I thought hmm these beats are definitely on another level...

I bought the album and found the lyrical content to outweigh the beats, i was amazed at the potential talent and im excited to hear everything he puts out.. how many young people knew about the struggles of Sierra Leone? Stop criticizing this brotha for making music that sends a message other than bling, bling, or murdah, or damn she got a fat ass....

COME ON, GET REAL LETS PUT SOME SUBLIMINAL MESSAGES THAT EDUCATE THE YOUTH TODAY ON OUR HISTORY, STRUGGLE AND PLACE IN SOCIETY. LETS SHOW THEM IF THEY WANT THE BLING, BLING ETC. THEN WORK HARD, AND DO THE RIGHT THING AND IF ITS MEANT TO HAVE THAN THE CREATOR WILL MAKE SURE WE DO (HORATIO ALGER MUST DIE)

DEDICATE YOUR WEBSITE TO IMPEACHING PRESIDENT BUSH, A MAN WHO HAS LIED, HIKED GAS PRICES, MISHANDLED NATRUAL RESOURCE, IGNORED THE GENOCIDE IN AFRICA, AND KILLED NUMEROUS TROOPS FOR WHAT, AWARDED HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS WITH BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN CONTRACTS IN AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ, MAN FIND THE REAL STRUGGLE, KANYE IS NOT THAT SERIOUS BRA' WHEN WILL YOU WAKE UP AND REALIZE THE REAL STRUGGLE

HOLLA BACK IF YOU FeeL ME!!!

Posted by: dluxe27 | Aug 15, 2005 10:31:55 AM

dbaca knows wut he is saying.. listen to him...

kanye haters dont know anything about hip hop.

Posted by: kanye=legend | Aug 19, 2005 5:11:03 PM

Even though I just toned in, define for me what "pickaninny" means. Based on What I've already read, this ongoing dialogue with you is very one-sided, you might as well be talking to a wall BECAUSE YOU DON'T LISTEN, but humor me anyway with a response.

Posted by: Robin | Sep 4, 2005 10:18:29 PM

even tho u say that jay-z introduced us to "wailing school children" kanye west produced that track from j. remember the h to the izzo? yea, kanye did that. so u cant really give him the credit bcuz k produced the track and gave rocafella alot of hot beats. and everyone ghost writes. jay ghost writes for other ppl so i guess he doesnt think its so bad. and yea, i think the kiddies who made this site shud direct their anger somewhere else more deserving instead of a rapper. who cares wut a rapper has to say neway. lets get a life here! life is short! lets get angry about real things that actually concern us!

Posted by: steph | Sep 30, 2005 12:24:30 AM

you are a fucking idiot.

Posted by: jordan | Jan 26, 2006 11:55:02 PM

Man...I gotta agree with this whole site. Kanye west sucks a big Cock....he's terrible, his cheeks are fucked up, and his music is annoying. He needs a good ass kicking. From me. Anytime, Anywhere.

Posted by: marc | Feb 3, 2006 11:39:32 PM

Man...I gotta agree with this whole site. Kanye west sucks a big Cock....he's terrible, his cheeks are fucked up, and his music is annoying. He needs a good ass kicking. From me. Anytime, Anywhere.

Posted by: marc | Feb 3, 2006 11:40:18 PM

Wait, did you get to the end of the lyrics to "All Falls Down"? He says "I ain't even gonna act holier than thou/'cause f*** it, I went to Jacob with $25 thou/before I had a house and I'll do it again/cause I want to be on 106 & Park pushin a Benz/I wanna act ballerific like it's all terrific / I got a couple past due bills, I won't get specific / I got a problem with spending before I get it / We all self conscious I'm just the first to admit it." I mean, goodness. The only point of the song is to point out we all end up part of the game, and conscious of it. Listen again, and you may get a solid earful. If he can gain serious respect from the industry, the least you can do is recognize his ability.

Posted by: Lady J | Feb 8, 2006 10:37:19 PM

you guys are idiots first of all he does influence many people such as his song roses it influenced me greatly because i know how it feels to be close to losing a loved one and that would prolly touch more than one person and another thing about his line 'single black female addicted to retail' why did you forget to put the line 'we are all self conscience I'm just the first to admit it' plus hes got really good beats I mean if jay-z would trust him to produce a song for him being a rap mogul why wouldnt he be an influential man?

Posted by: ramon | Mar 3, 2006 9:37:30 PM

you guys are idiots first of all he does influence many people such as his song roses it influenced me greatly because i know how it feels to be close to losing a loved one and that would prolly touch more than one person and another thing about his line 'single black female addicted to retail' why did you forget to put the line 'we are all self conscience I'm just the first to admit it' plus hes got really good beats I mean if jay-z would trust him to produce a song for him being a rap mogul why wouldnt he be an influential man?

Posted by: ramon | Mar 3, 2006 9:38:22 PM

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