Kanye West: Six Reasons Yeezus Is One of Hip-Hop's Greatest of All Time

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They say you don't know what you've got till it's gone, and we think some people are underappreciating Kanye West.

That's right -- it's not a popular opinion, but we actually believe Yeezus has done more for hip-hop than any other living artist, and possibly even any rapper of all time.

People get upset when he says things like, "We the real rock stars, and I'm the biggest of all of them." But those folks are just misguided haters. He's not saying, "I'm a god," he's saying, "We're all gods." It's like Kanye told Zane Lowe in his epic four-part BBC interview: "If you're a Kanye West fan ... you're a fan of yourself."

Here are six reasons to love Kanye. And yourself.

See also: Review & Photos: Kanye West Compares Himself to "Picasso," Hangs with White Jesus in Miami

He Dares to Be Different
When Kanye West first hit the spotlight with College Dropout in 2003, rap was not in a thoughtful place. Thuggish types like 50 Cent ruled the Billboard charts, followed closely by mindless crunk anthems from Lil Jon and the Eastside Boyz. No one wanted to touch a guy spittin' about culture, religion, art, or emotions, and it didn't help that he dressed like some suburban kid. Still, he fought long and hard for his chance to rock rhymes, and when Jay Z and the Roc picked him up, they ended up birthing a superstar. As he says on "I Am a God": "Pink-ass polos with a fuckin' backpack/But everybody knows you brought real rap back."

See also: Kanye West's Yeezus Tour: 14 Craziest Quotes From Miami

His Grade-A Word Play
We will admit that sometimes Kanye's lyrics can be straightforward and repetitive, but he's also a genius of wordplay, rhythm, and LOLs. Lest we forget, check these bars:

"Kinda a Big Deal": "Spittin' fire on the PJs in my PJs/Fire marshall said I took it to the Max like TJ/Y'all ain't peep how I said Marshalls, replay/I guess I'm like the Black Marshall meets Jay."
"Last Call": "I ain't play the hand I was dealt, I changed my cards/I prayed to the skies and I changed my stars/I went to the malls and I balled too hard/'Oh my god, is that a black card?'/I turned around and replied, 'Why yes/But I prefer the term African American Express'/Brains, power, and muscle, like Dame, Puffy, and Russell/Your boy back on his hustle, you know what I've been up to/Killin' y'all niggas on that lyrical shit/ Mayonnaise colored Benz, I push Miracle Whips."
"Gorgeous": "Penitentiary chances, the devil dances/And eventually answers to the call of Autumn/All of them fallin' for the love of ballin'/Got caught with 30 rocks, the cop look like Alec Baldwin/The same people who tried to blackball me forgot about two things, my black balls."

See also: Ten Acts That Could Save Hip-Hop

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Justin Ismond
Justin Ismond

what is this the kanye west fanpage? fuck this - un subbed/ unliked your shitty page

Golden Soulstream
Golden Soulstream

You just proved your magazine is worthless garbage because thats the stupidest thing Ive ever read.

Felix L Ricardo
Felix L Ricardo

Maybe in producing. In speaking, and song writing? Retarded.

Frank Castle
Frank Castle

well well well, look who wrote this article, KAT BEIN...that explains alot, she has bad taste in music and hates on edm plus her articles are garbage, hey kat bein, im on to you, you suck as a reporter, hey new times can you fire kat bein...

Lucas Cotter
Lucas Cotter

The only reason we need to know , is that Kanye said he is. And that word is as good as gold. I'm sold! Word to Kim K.'s love muff!

Rod Deal
Rod Deal

Kanye west has ghost writers & ghost producers as well. He's one of the top ten hiphop producers ever. But he isn't the best at rapping not even close. He's a great producer, period. Plus EVERYTHING he has done has been done before by different artists he isn't original at all.

Lauren Kathryn
Lauren Kathryn

I've always wondered what he paid Amber Rose to keep hush hush about....hmmm

Carles Sucre-Parra
Carles Sucre-Parra

papo, y'all just wrote about kendrick being the greatest, how about keeping a bit of continuity instead of fanboying over whomever just happens to play here, no?

Dan Bremen
Dan Bremen

how can you call him an artist, there is no art to his music he does not produce beats, and he is not an mc or a rapper he just talks over music and makes no sence when doing it, the only record i ever liked was through the wire and that was before every one knew he was a douche

Brett Lapp
Brett Lapp

He's an egotistical asshole. But he is a great artist of his genre. It's an unfortunate but undeniable fact.

Danielle Fowler
Danielle Fowler

He actually not the greatest of all time. He is a fake person. He is rude. Treats women like crap. Treats his friends like crap. His music sucks.

Susan Jones
Susan Jones

He is an asshole and that's the last thing I want to read on your fanpage.

Miguel Aybar
Miguel Aybar

ONE OF THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME!?!?!?!?!?!!?!? Seriously NT? Hammer and Vanilla Ice sold a bunch of records too you know. This guy couldn't lick the sweat off Biggie and Tupac's ass

Joe Mistermakeithappen Ciampa
Joe Mistermakeithappen Ciampa

It's time to put this maniac in his place and stop letting him think he is God... he has brought the reality t.v. garbage to the hip hop genre... dramatized soap opera shit and it ain't cool!

Lulu Polsuza
Lulu Polsuza

oh please, he's done more to bring down hip-hop then elevate it. I am so tired of that angry lil crybaby

frankd4
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....................................standards should age well with time like take MOZART who's music is very popular 237 years later

does ANYONE really think KANYE WEST will be relevant in 2250 ?

the guy who gave KANYE the chance only a few years ago isn't even relevant anymore - i heard JAYZ newest album and it sound like he simply yearns to be ITALIAN goin on about bugatti and lamborghini and gucci and european vacations like an ORIGINAL al capone-style real life gangsta

BLACK raps ICONs trying to be like MOZART and CAPONE is very funny to a WHITE italian like me but hey i can't disagree with anyone who likes linguini and calamari and vino and such while listening to eine kleine nacht muzic L O L

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

.......................................wasn't this guy BOYCOTTing FLORIDA because of the trayvon verdict ?

someone TRUE to themselves and their own principals doesn't say one thing and do another thing - that is the sign of a WIMP

sorry but i cannot condone a WIMP who waffles and flip-flops like a politician = period

Firip Onitsuka
Firip Onitsuka

What has Kanye done to uplift people? "Hip means to know, it's a form of intelligence To be hip is to be update and relevant Hop is a form of movement You can't just observe a hop, you gotta hop up and do it Hip and hop is more than music Hip is the knowledge, hop is the movement Hip and Hop is intelligent movement Or relevant movement we sellin the music"

Michael Denis
Michael Denis

Kanye is not a raper or artist he's an entertainer and all his stuffs garbage

Mike Montero
Mike Montero

Hate is never easy and poor Kanye still has a lot of growing up to do.

Rachel Penabella
Rachel Penabella

It is easy to hate on him. Perhaps that a key, he's not the greatest. Hint, Hint!

Jose Arpajon
Jose Arpajon

"Hip hop greatest of all time" WTF are you talking about??? ...Yeah and I bet RuPaul is on your top ten list too. U guys are comical. Lol

John Viera
John Viera

As you can clearly see. He sucks and the people agree.

Chris Schaaff
Chris Schaaff

He smokes pole and licks man taint on the daily

Carolina Gioconda
Carolina Gioconda

Kanye is,always has been,and always will be a piece of shit :D

Seth Masson
Seth Masson

Desirée Marengo stop tryin to pick a fight between me and Daniela Torrealba. Besides, the comment above me summed up my argument anyway.

Freddy Gomez
Freddy Gomez

I honest to God, couldn't tell you the name of one of his songs.

Vanessa Phelps
Vanessa Phelps

Oh Gawd he's such a joke and so is Kim. Crappy new video and whatever kinda shit he's spewing out of his mouth.

frankd4
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.............................................................Some of the music industry's biggest acts are joining Stevie Wonder in boycotting Florida over the state's controversial "stand your ground" law......include Rod Stewart, Madonna, Usher and Justin Timberlake, a source close to the legendary musician told American Urban Radio Network's April Ryan.......Rappers Jay Z, Kanye West, Trey Songz, Young Jeezy and Wale have also signed on to the boycott threat, as have pop acts like R. Kelly, Rihanna and Alicia Keys........................

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

....................................................(june 2013 wiki google)... Rap mogul Jay-Z, Kanye West, Young Jeezy and a slew of other hip-hop artists are reportedly uniting to boycott performing in Florida in light of ...

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