Childish Gambino Says Kanye West Is Still His GOAT Rapper

He cited West's influence over the modern rap scene.

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Opinions are still very much divided about Kanye West. Fans and fellow celebrities alike have had trouble interpreting his immense musical legacy in the face of his controversial antisemitic comments. In fact, that exact subject was at the core of a recent TMZ documentary called Unhinged But Unstoppable. The trailer for the doc asks fellow celebrities and rappers why West is seemingly incapable of being canceled.

His complicated legacy hasn't stopped those advocating for the quality of his music though. That included Childish Gambino, who brought West up during a recent Complex interview. When asked about who his GOAT rapper is he didn't hesitate to say West. Despite acknowledging the controversy he claims that almost none of the rappers who are around today would be where they are without West. It was a surprisingly uncontroversial statement with fans in the comments agreeing that at the very least, you have to give West credit for how influential he's been.

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Childish Gambino Talks Kanye West's Influence

Kanye West is allegedly just days away from adding the newest piece to his legacy. He's been teasing a collaborative album with Ty Dolla $ign for months now. The project is called Vultures and it's passed numerous release dates already. Recently, West announced that the project was being released in three different volumes with one releasing each of the next three months. Fans are expecting the first of those volumes to drop later this week.

For those that wanna get a first taste of the album before it drops, West recently announced something interesting. Before the album is due to be released he will be hosting a listening party for it in Chicago. The event will take place on Thursday and fans online are hoping for the announcement of a livestream similar to some of the DONDA listening parties. What do you think of Childish Gambino calling Kanye West his goat rapper? Do you agree that most rappers around today wouldn't exist without Kanye? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Lavender Alexandria is a music and culture journalist based in Los Angeles, California. She’s covered dozens of musical genres and styles from the most mainstream to the most experimental and underground on her blog and accompanying YouTube channel that looks at music, pop culture, and Billboard charts since 2017: Lav’s Music Corner. Lavender has produced editorial and listicle content both in written and video form over the past far years and has also interviewed up-and-coming artists like Censored Dialogue. Her experiences covering culture have taken her from Hyperpop parties in LA to underground rap shows in Atlanta, to DIY punk shows in Charlotte. Lavender has also written for iHeartRadio, covering some of the biggest artists in Hip Hop such as Ice Spice, Drake, Doja Cat and Cardi B. She also has bylines with ScreenRant and continues to write for Ringtone magazine. Lavender is a lifelong Charlotte Hornets fan and her favorite rap artists include Clipping, Little Simz, Earl Sweatshirt, and Kendrick Lamar.