This quote hits really close to home. most of my life i always considered what other people had and who other people were as better than me or what i had. i have spent a large part of my life ‘pretending’ to be other things than just myself. the kicker is, it was my choice and i made it with very little influence from others. i’d see someone happy and in good spirits or who was just really pleasant to be around, and i thought that if i was like them i could be happy too. i went around the same mountain so many times that it had become a lifestyle, but not matter how hard i tried it wouldn’t bring me the same happiness that i saw in those i was emulating. a little over a year ago, i took a personal inventory of where i was in life. i asked myself if i was happy, and if not then why. i looked back at the times i really enjoyed life and it was when i wasn’t so consumed with ‘trying to be this or that’. i was just me. to be happy i had to realize that i had to be me. i had to take responsibility for my happiness and the direction my life was going in. i had to realize i was able to touch more people’s lives and be more effective when i was just being me. people enjoyed me when i was me. so what did i do? i started being me again and i’m way better for it. you see everyone has a place specifically for them but if you’re being like someone else guess what, that place is already taken. take your place an no one else’s. be you. be happy to be you. there’s only one of you and once life is over there’s nothing you can do to rewind and be who you should have been. individuality is an important thing that needs to be cherished and nurtured.
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The college dropout was released on the 10th of february 2004. kanye had previously made his mark as a beatmaker by producing a good chunk of jay z’s the blueprint which came out three years prior to west’s first album. i see kanye’s work on the blueprint as his breakthrough in the hip hop industry as a praised producer. he had already produced songs before for a few rappers in the late 90’s: foxy brown, beanie sigel, jermaine dupri to name a few but getting a record deal as a rapper did not work at first. his signature beats at the time involved a lot of sampling from old soul and r&b records with sped-up and high pitched vocals. i felt a lot of influence from gospel records too. the album started at number 2 on the billboard 200 and boosted singles such as through the wire, jesus walks, all falls down, slow jamz. the album also won best rap album at the 2005 grammy awards what i like about the album is how the lyrical content and themes are far more diverse than the dominated gangsta-rap trend at the time. remember how kanye was being called out for not wearing hood clothes! 😜 with his backpack and everything! the college dropout imagery and aesthetics helped and contributed bridging the gap between two generations of rappers. kanye led the pack when it came to pushing boundaries and expressing oneself from different perspectives. he was highlighting black issues and spoke to the black community from another angle. at the time kanye was still very outspoken but in a way that felt focused and thought out. not all over the place as his future rants will show. not my favorite album of his but definitely top 5.
best tracks: spaceship, never let me down, the new workout plan, through the wire.