So I was first introduced to Abel’s music through BBTM and fell in love on my first listen. When Starboy came out, Ioved it even more as a cohesive body of work - even though my favorites were still on BBTM (In The Night, The Hills, Acquainted). Unlike most of his newer “mainstream” fans, it wasn’t that I didn’t know about Trilogy & Kiss Land – I listened to both all the way through dozens of times. I just for the life of me couldn’t get into those projects (I know I know, that’s blasphemy on this sub). There were some exceptions. I loved High For This, House of Balloons (didn’t like Glass Table Girls), The Morning, Live For, and Odd Look. But for the longest time I just couldn’t get into the rest of the songs. I didn’t think they were bad. Just mediocre.
Fast forward to last night, and idk wtf happened. I decided to give both albums another listen because for some reason the chorus from The Party was stuck in my head. It was almost like something just “clicked” in my ears. EVERY FUCKING SONG is a masterpiece. I finally heard what you guys have been hearing on the second half of Kiss Land. That’s some of the most beautiful shit I’ve ever heard. I think this is a result of the fact that I’ve recently been listening to music that - while still having masterful production - doesn’t necessarily have the hardest beat drops or catchiest choruses. That’s what I’d been used to listening for in Weeknd songs from BBTM & Starboy, and I guess I initially wasn’t able to appreciate how beautiful his first two albums are.
Anyways, tl;dr: this sub was right about Trilogy & Kiss Land. I’m sorry guys...
Even though every Kanye album is a masterpiece imo, there’s always that one song on each album that’s just...perfect. For me, I’ve already firmly decided on my favorite songs from 4 out of 8 albums:
Late Registration: Roses Yeezus: Hold My Liquor TLOP: Ultralight Beam ye: Ghost Town
But for The College Dropout, Graduation, 808s, and MBDTF I just can’t pick out that one track that resonates with me more than everything else simply because these projects are just so sonically & thematically cohesive – and the production on every song is so damn good.
So what would be your pick for Kanye’s masterpiece track on each album?
I like to listen to this song whenever I’m feeling anxious or stressed out because it always calms me down, but if the “angered kids” he’s referring to in the song are supposed to be school shooters or something whom he’s trying to empathize with or rationalize the actions of then I can’t fuck with it. I’m not sure what to make of this verse in particular:
No remorse, no remorse Got a couple bundles of dynamite And some hand grenades No remorse, no remorse You never should've angered the kids
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