This essentials list is almost as long and almost as legendary as Kanye West's infamous Zane Lowe rant.
These days we know him as the super famous belligerently outspoken other half of Kim Kardashian-West slash style maven behind one of the most hyped and coveted high fashion streetwear brands YEEZY by Adidas. Or maybe you see him as the crazy musician constantly in the center of controversy that once said "George Bush doesn't care about black people" on live television slash the the same guy that interrupted Taylor Swift at the 2009 MTV VMA's with the mind shattering announcement "Imma let you finish but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time." There is also the possibility that you know him as arguably one of the best rappers of all time and one of the most influential artists of this generation having amassed 21 Grammy awards while simultaneously selling over 32 million albums and accumulating more than 100 million streams.
Either way, you know who he is, and like it or not, it is for good reason because this gentleman has truly changed the fabric of hip hop music and to be frank, the music industry as a whole with his brilliant, ambitious and effectively ostentatious and beautiful artistry. Kanye Omari West, born June 8th 1977 is quite possibly one of the greatest multi-hyphenates to come from the bellowing city of Chicago, Illinois. As a producer Mr. West has crafted hits for literally everyone. From Keyshia Cole to Madonna, Jay Z to Cam'Ron and Lil Wayne, the list is never ending. As a rapper and solo artist, Kanye has reshaped the framework of the industry and has time and time again set and raised the bar in all aspects of creating music from selling records to crafting the most complex and sophisticated audio engineering this world has witnessed.
On an even more sort of hate or love it tip, Kanye West has effectively introduced and or shaped the careers of hundreds of critically acclaimed artists time and time again and has managed to build from the ground up one of the most powerful and successful Hip Hop focused record labels with G.O.O.D. Music. And to think, this all started because a stubborn hot shot Roc-A-Fella producer wasn't happy with just producing hit records for Alicia Keys and Jay Z because even before we knew it, he knew that he was the greatest and most influential artist of this generation.
And even in current times when there are both doubts about Kanye West's sanity and rumors of estate and affairs in shambles, if there is one thing that we should take away from his career or his work it's this; Kanye West dedicated his life to gifting the general public with both the opportunity and the product of advanced creativity and without his purposeful guidance, things within the realms of fashion, music and pop culture probably wouldn't be as vibrant. So here's to celebrating his distinguished legacy with a very special edition of essential tracks that represents everything from his mainstream hits to his cult favorites. We are sure you will feel like Pablo when going through this list.