I don’t know if any of you readers out there know this, but last week Kanye West besmirched the good name of the MTV VMA’s by declaring his love for a Beyonce video and making Taylor Swift cry. Apparently one millionaire star insulting another millionaire star is so noteworthy we have two (!) U.S. presidents on record as saying it was a dumb move on Kanye’s part and the usual internet memes and assorted merchandise that come with this sort of “event”.
A lot of people think Kanye West is a douche bag and it’s probably true. But a lot of people forget long before his award show temper tantrums, Kanye was just a humble producer contributing beats to some of the best hip-hop albums of the decade. He got his big mainstream break producing the majority of Jay-Z’s Blueprint, then went on produce Common’s classic Be along with tracks from Mos Def, Nas and Talib Kweli.
I’ve selected some of my personal favorite Kanye West productions, in hopes we can all move on in our lives and remember a more happy, innocent fake video-award show time.
Mos Def- Sunshine
Jay-Z – Heart of the City
Common- The Food
Common- They Say