Guys, this is like "Last Call" but with no beat, and for an hour long.
That's probably all that any big fan of "Last Call" will need to hear.
If you're not familiar with the College Dropout outro / song / long-winded story, then what you're getting above is Kanye West pre-superstar fame, with a specific fuel stemming from people that told him he was crazy to rap, and still the same bravado that we all know and love today.
Here's just some of the highlights:
- How he met No I.D. (bothered him outside his window, ha!) and learned his classic sped-up soul samples style (beg.)
- Starting to be a producer from the 7th grade, hustling beats and demos from $500 or less, and spending his money to get the fresh fashion looks (12 min.)
- 'Ye's views on Hip Hop and what he can do to Hip Hop (15 min.)
- The more detailed version of his "Last Call" story and how it all aligned when he went from a car accident to moving from Chicago to Newark, NJ and meeting the likes of Jay Z, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, and more. (28 min.)
- How "Izzo (H.O.V.A.)" was created with Jay Z (complete with 'Ye's awesome Jay Z impersonation) (38 min.)
- His experiences working with Just Blaze (47 min.)
- The story and explanation behind his scroll tattoo on his forearm (58 min. — and an awesome conclusion)
And some quotes:
"I feel like I'm going to help bridge the gap in hip hop. Cause, I'm going to talk from the perspective of just being honest." (15 min.)
"I feel like coming from Chicago is definitely an advantage.
"I'ma use everything that everybody says I can't do and I'ma flip it to the positive." (18 min.)
"In my heart, there's so much stuff that I want to say to the world... I'm not using rap as a way to get paid or something. I'm using it as an opportunity to really say some stuff that I think needs to be heard, that I think people will enjoy. I'm trying to give back." (24 min.)
"It's once again that point in my life, that I have to step away from what I'm doing or retreat in order to follow what my dreams really are. You cant fight every battle and win the war. Sometimes you have to retreat, and then come back." (45 min.)
And what would have made Boston Market trend in 2013:
"You definitely gotta take me to Boston Market or somethin' after this, man." (a minute in, hah!)
When people say Kanye West has changed, I say he's evolved. I mean, everyone changes, but everyone doesn't change too. Compare this interview, this passion, with that of Jimmy Kimmel or Zane Lowe just this past month. It's the same Kanye. And it's the same inspirational, world-changing outlook and delivery that has only grown exponentially from 2002 until now.
And I dare you not to dig up College Dropout after watching this interview. Plus, a couple bonus tracks: "Self-Conscious" and "Gossip Files" (both are cited/rapped in the interview) off his Freshmen Adjustment mixtape.
Lastly, a nod to Baseline Studios for the Malik Sealy jersey shrine behind Kanye (shortly after Sealy's untimely death, R.I.P.)
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