You ain’t got no Yeezy?

Kanye West is the king of remix culture. Well, he is, in my opinion. That may come from the fact that ever since his “The College Dropout” album, I have always been a little bit in love with Yeezy and his ‘sick beats’. One of his best albums, in my opinion was “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” in 2010. The fact that I can still recite every word to all the songs on the album 5 years later really brings out the inner ‘white girl’ in me – so the reciting really only occurs when I’m three sheets to the wind OR rocking out in my car. Mr West really holds a bit of higher power to me, and when I found out I had to do a remix culture blog post I got very excited, I may have wet my pants a little. Yes, please, give me more reasons to listen to some hectic tunes. Word.

As an example of his excellency at remixing, remediating and music sampling I will show you a few things that really should convince you that yes, his ego is bigger than his wife’s arse, but he is a pro at his jams.

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Yeezy taught me http://i.imgur.com/BpfH3s8.jpg

Kanye has such a rep for his sampling, that he jokes about it in his own songs such as “Monster” released in 2010 featuring a variety of artists you literally lose track of who is on it… But it is impossible to not recognize that Yeezy production value.

“As you run through my jungles all you hear is rumbles
Kanye West sample, here’s one for example”

There are almost too many samples in Ye’s beats to create a list but luckily someone else on the internet has done the work already – such as the Verge’s listenable history of West’s sampling.

Kanye West’s “Lost in the Wold” features Bon Iver, and samples not only Bon Iver’s song “Woods” but also “Soul Makossa,” by Manu Dibango; “Think (About It),” by Lynn Collins; and “Comment #1,” by Gil Scott-Heron.

So, really, does this taking and remediating by Yeezus allow him to really be called an artist, or original? In my opinion, it does. No one creates something like Kanye does, reusing and remixing the old songs from old artists such as Otis Redding or Ray Charles, and allows an entirely new generation to love crooning along to “Try a little Tenderness” – with the added sweetness of some great bass lines behind it.

 

References –

http://www.theverge.com/2014/8/20/6048381/kanye-west-samples-listenable-history

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XaDeC2LEdA – lupEND88 user

 

2 thoughts on “You ain’t got no Yeezy?

  1. I really liked the fact that brought Kanye West into this topic as he is also an artist that I really enjoy listening to (and I find his huge ego pretty hilarious as well).
    Your point is very clear and I like that you added the YouTube video of all the music that has been remixed into Kanye’s songs.
    Something interesting I found are the 10 best remixes of Kanye’s songs – it will be great to see how remixing is carried out throughout music that has been remixed already. http://salacioussound.com/2010/10/the-ten-best-remixes-and-mashups-of-kanye-west-songs/
    Great blog post and keep up the good work!

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  2. Hiya!
    Like Jade, I also love the fact that you used this opportunity to chat about Kanye. It was really enjoyable reading your blog post as it was evident how much you enjoy writing about the topic and it made the sense of enjoyment contagious to the reader as well. Perhaps on top of your already awesome examples you could include an example or link as to how the remix culture is affecting the media and the way people are interacting with the media? Just a thought! Awesome post, I laughed the whole way through!

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