"I miss the old Kanye."
No matter what Kanye West does, people are going to say this. His new music pushes the boundaries of art and continues to set the bar for creativity in hip-hop and music in general, but his early work still speaks to people in a way that Yeezus doesn't. It's the music of a talented, relatable man who's determined to carve out his own path, and while it was inspiring and refreshing when it came out, it's even more fascinating to listen to now, knowing the impact Kanye would end up having and the things he'd accomplish. College Dropout was released in February of 2004 and made it clear that Kanye was more than just a beat-maker, but the signs were all there long before "Through The Wire."
If you're just getting into early Kanye West, the Freshman Adjustment tapes—a trilogy of unofficial mixtapes—feature most of the standouts from pre-College Dropout Kanye, including material from his two early mixtapes, Get Well Soon and I'm Good. Here are our picks for the best pre-College Dropout songs by Kanye West.Continue Reading