With an apparent 8-song album shaped by jazz-rap scientist Q-Tip and previous Kanye collaborator and production fable Rick Rubin, 10 Albums to Look Forward to in 2014 by Rock Genius (Ft. BigBadBonj, Chihuahua0, JHGFD, Palacelight, Spinelli, Squanto, Tatyahna & Vesuvius) 67

Rumours courtesy of Pitchfork.

Q-Tip’s slick rapping and production skills led a jazz-based hip-hop revolution during the ‘90s, as head of A Tribe Called Quest, he is now signed to Kanye’s GOOD Music label. Q has previously colloborated with West on several occasions, most notably on the recent Thank You with Busta Rhymes.

Rick Rubin was a white NYU student who revolutionizes hip-hop and finds a second life resurrecting legends, he contributed heavily to Yeezus.

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And elegiac, hallucinogenic grief (‘Hold My Liquor’, ‘Guilt Trip’). 10 Albums to Look Forward to in 2014 by Rock Genius (Ft. BigBadBonj, Chihuahua0, JHGFD, Palacelight, Spinelli, Squanto, Tatyahna & Vesuvius) 67

Hold My Liquor’s story goes as follows: Kanye awakes from coma and exploits his own sensitivity and bizareness by calling out his loneliness and doing so over some mournful guitar loops.

Guilt Trip’s however muses on romantic disfunction and the art of letting go courtesy of some sob-enducing Kid Cudi warbling.

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Comical entreaties (‘I Am A God’) 10 Albums to Look Forward to in 2014 by Rock Genius (Ft. BigBadBonj, Chihuahua0, JHGFD, Palacelight, Spinelli, Squanto, Tatyahna & Vesuvius) 67

Kanye fired the most bizzare and hilarious out of place line of the year in I Am a God:

Hurry up with my damn croissants"

In doing so, Kanye assured himself a lifetime of hastily prepared baked goods. This is the greatest hate-rap screed by a deity with dangerously low blood sugar in ages. Rolling Stone points out.

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Dogmatic existentialism (‘New Slaves’), 10 Albums to Look Forward to in 2014 by Rock Genius (Ft. BigBadBonj, Chihuahua0, JHGFD, Palacelight, Spinelli, Squanto, Tatyahna & Vesuvius) 67

New Slaves debates slavery and segregation as well as racism in general, commercialism, and stereotypes of African Americans in the United States.

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Digital Dancehall trafficked blows with Acid House 10 Albums to Look Forward to in 2014 by Rock Genius (Ft. BigBadBonj, Chihuahua0, JHGFD, Palacelight, Spinelli, Squanto, Tatyahna & Vesuvius) 67

In the mid-1980s, French Caribbean group Kassav, the first in the Caribbean to use MIDI technology, took Caribbean music to another level by recording in a digital format, this would then lead on to Digital Dancehall and Ragga, sub-genres of Dancehall that can be seen by Kanye’s use of sparse reggae samples on the hook of Guilt Trip, the intro of I Am a God and the outro of Send It Up.

Capleton, who was sampled on I Am A God.

Another genre heavily prominent in West’s most recent record is Acid House, a sub-genre of house music created in the mid-1980s by DJs from Chicago, Illinois but popularised in the UK rave scene. Acid house is seen in the pulsing opening basslines of I Am A God and New Slaves.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKbLI8EufNo

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Yeezus 10 Albums to Look Forward to in 2014 by Rock Genius (Ft. BigBadBonj, Chihuahua0, JHGFD, Palacelight, Spinelli, Squanto, Tatyahna & Vesuvius) 67

Yeezus was my favourite album released last year for many reasons that I won’t go into rn but are all pretty much summarised in the Rock Genius review that came out last year.

It’s safe to say that 2013 was West’s most prolific year to date so we can only pray a new album emerges.

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Critical and commercial success 10 Albums to Look Forward to in 2014 by Rock Genius (Ft. BigBadBonj, Chihuahua0, JHGFD, Palacelight, Spinelli, Squanto, Tatyahna & Vesuvius) 67

There’s no other way to elaborate on this other than gettin' statistical:

The College Dropout
-3x Platinum (RIAA)
–‘West delivers the goods with a disarming mix of confessional honesty and sarcastic humor, earnest idealism and big-pimping materialism.’ –Entertainment Weekly

Late Registration
-3x Platinum (RIAA)
–‘A masterful sophomore disc on which every weak rhyme, guest and beat has been ironed out through months of hard work and several blown deadlines.’ — Paste Magazine

Graduation
-2x Platinum (RIAA)
–‘West crosses genres with wilful and speedy abandon, taking the listener on an epic quest where the journey is just as enjoyable and unpredictable as the destination.’ –Hot Press

808s & Heartbreak (Album Art)
-Platinum (RIAA)
–‘In 2008 Kanye struggled through tragedy so great that it forced him to go left. And ironically, at his darkest hour, Kanye has created his greatest album to date.’ — Vibe

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
-Platinum (RIAA)
–‘There is no question that this album is a game changer. It’s Kanye West’s greatest work.’ — Consequence of Sound

Yeezus
-Platinum (RIAA)
–‘Yeezus is the complete affirmation of an artist willing to try new endeavors and wholeheartedly nail it.’ — Delusions of Adequacy

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Kanye has been one of the most unswervingly successful and inventively untried musicians of all time. 10 Albums to Look Forward to in 2014 by Rock Genius (Ft. BigBadBonj, Chihuahua0, JHGFD, Palacelight, Spinelli, Squanto, Tatyahna & Vesuvius) 67

West is the currently the 13th richest rapper in the game.

The only people that succeed him are people who he has claimed as artists that influenced him to rap (apart from 50 Cent) including his inspiration and tutor, Jay Z who stands arms and shoulders above him with a net worth of half a billion, this is not to take away from the fact that is definitely eating.

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Accelerated to super-stardom, 10 Albums to Look Forward to in 2014 by Rock Genius (Ft. BigBadBonj, Chihuahua0, JHGFD, Palacelight, Spinelli, Squanto, Tatyahna & Vesuvius) 67

With 21 GRAMMY’s, 3 BRIT’s, 7 platinum albums and countless ciritical acclaim, Kanye is one of the most affluent rappers of all time, with a net worth of $100 million.

Kanye’s tips for success?

  1. You have to be your own biggest fan.

  2. If you’re good at something and you point that out, it’s not bragging. It’s honesty.

  3. If you have a platform, don’t just shout. Shout about things that matter.

  4. Your true legacy is how you impact other people.

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Uttered Kanye West 10 Albums to Look Forward to in 2014 by Rock Genius (Ft. BigBadBonj, Chihuahua0, JHGFD, Palacelight, Spinelli, Squanto, Tatyahna & Vesuvius) 67

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJHWFXP3fe4

Although he lost the Album of the Year GRAMMY to Ray Charles‘ final album Genius Loves Company, West’s first GRAMMY was for Best Rap Album awarded to his debut The College Dropout, a huge feat beating out his mentor and with monolithic mainstream success: Jay Z with The Black Album.

Since then, West has claimed 21 GRAMMY’s, more than any other rapper, and except not being awarded recently for Yeezus, his success from this point on only accelerated.

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