Kanye West’s journey from unknown rapper to Yeezus has been paved with many (rants and) hit records. But it’s hard to believe this same West wrote albums like The College Dropout and Late Registration since his reputation has shifted from groundbreaking artist to husband of Internet-breaking Kim Kardashian. These throwback music videos will remind fans of the West that was only about the music.
“Through The Wire” (2004)
This video begins with text explaining that West had been in a life-threatening accident and chose to record the song while his mouth was wired shut so his fans could feel the pain he experienced from the crash. This West was young and extremely hungry. As a fan, you feel sentimental watching Ye get his Roc chain from Jay Z and Damon Dash back in 2002.
“Gold Digger” (2005)
“Gold Digger” was a colossal record. It was the second single off of West’s sophomore album Late Registration, with vocals from Jamie Foxx. This song did ten weeks on Billboard Hot 100 and was nominated for Record of the Year at the 2006 Grammy Awards.
“Runaway” was the second single off of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and the first sign of a more refined Ye. His music and creative direction had evolved and he tried things that no one else was doing in Hip Hop at the time. This song was a preview to the 35-minute short film he released called Runaway, the love story between a man and a half-woman, half-phoenix.
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