Today’s Sonic Selection comes from controversial Chicago MC/producer Kanye West (@kanyewest).
Kanye West – “Everything I Am”
One of the highlights of his critically-acclaimed album Graduation, Kanye West returns to his soul-sample roots in his introspective narrative, “Everything I Am.” Accompanied by the scratches of the legendary DJ Premier, Kanye laments the downside of his celebrity over a saccharine piano loop. The production suitably conjures nostalgia for Kanye’s earlier beats, as the lyrics analyze human nature as people encounter the idols they worship. Kanye’s rhymes touch upon issues of identity, as he addresses the struggle to be himself while outside influences stir him towards the persona that has been crafted through the media.
While there have been better lyrical efforts, the warm production and occasional punchlines make the track an underrated highlight of Kanye West’s career and today’s Sonic Selection.
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