Kanye West - Lost In The World
As it was for all of the writers this week, narrowing my pick down to one song was extremely difficult. There is certainly a list of Kanye West songs that stand out and hold a lot of meaning to me, yet that list is quite long. In the end, I decided to go with one song that I particularly remember being utterly blown away by at first listen; “Lost In The World.” From Justin Vernon’s bare vocals to the banging drums and haunting background melodies, to Ye’s beautifully poetic verse and energy-filled bridge, concluded by tribal chants and drumming, “Lost In The World” is a track bursting with emotion. Simply put, it is one of Kanye’s finest masterpieces to date.
By: Lucas Markham
Heard Em Say - Kanye West ft. Adam Levine
I had to bring it back to the pink polo days for my favorite Kanye track. Although, Late Registration dropped 10 years ago, “Heard Em Say”, the third single off of that album, is one of the most poetic songs Kanye has made to date. This track is straight cold. Not only was Kanye able to flawlessly to spread a message, but the simplistic beat and saturated vocals of Adam Levine made for the perfect recipe. I was 9 years old when I heard this track bumping through the halls of my house. It's a song that is versatile to all ages and listeners, along with a masterful message that reflects polished thinking, “nothing’s ever promised tomorrow, today”. The nostalgia is as real as the song. Kanye has been making hits since his beginning, but there are no other tracks that I feel as much as this one. Look it up real quick, you’ll see exactly what I’m talking about.
Street Lights- Kanye West
It was impossible to choose just one Kanye West song that has had an impact on me, especially given the fact that College Dropout and My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy are two of my favorite albums. However, I decided to go for a vastly underrated song on Kanye’s most underrated album 808’s and Heartbreak. “Street Lights” is a song that immediately affected me at first listen and has remained one of my favorites of his ever since the album dropped. The song is surprisingly simple, yet rich in emotion and meaning. The track builds beautifully with added harmonies, and there is no other Kanye song like it. It’s one of those songs that just feels special. “Street Lights” is well worth your time and has deserved far more attention than it has ever gotten.
By: Rachel Blackman