Posts Tagged ‘kanye west’

5 Songs You Didn’t Know Were Produced by Kanye

Posted by Nadine Segal • June 08, 2014 at 01:04 PM
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You may know Kanye West as Mr. Kim Kardashian, dad to baby North West and certainly as a rapper, but you may not know that Kanye West is also a record producer. Kanye began making a name for himself as a record producer in the mid 1990’s. He has written and produced tracks for some of the biggest names in music.

In 2000, Kanye West started to produce music for Jay-Z.

Jay Z – Izzo (H.O.V.A.)

Kanye also produced the first song Jay Z and Beyonce recorded together, he was the one who suggested sampling the Tupac song ‘Me and My Girlfriend”.

Jay Z ft. Beyonce – 03 Bonnie & Clyde

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Nadine Segal

About Nadine Segal

I am a writer and editor from New York with a passion for music. I write predominately about music, musical artists and the issues they face.

The Story Behind the Song – Kanye’s Through the Wire

Posted by Nadine Segal • June 11, 2013 at 02:17 PM

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Kanye West is at an exciting time in his life. Kim Kardashian is having his baby and his highly anticipated, new album “Yeezus” drops June 18th. It is hard to remember a time when Kanye West wasn’t an A- list rapper, but Kanye wasn’t always the famous celebrity his is today. Before he was a huge rapper, he was an accomplished but lesser known producer. He produced some very successful hits, including much of Jay-Z’s album “The Blueprint” but he wasn’t a household name.  Kanye wanted more, he once bragged he was going to be more famous than Michael Jackson.

Back in 2002, Kanye was still trying to prove himself as a rapper. Then Kanye recorded a song that would change everything. This song would propel him forward, earn him a Grammy nomination and mark the start of his path to rapper stardom. Craziest part of the story, Kanye recorded the song with his jaw wired shut. He titled the song “Through the Wire” and it detailed what he was going through at the time.

Kanye was in a near fatal accident driving home from the studio is the middle of the night. He made it through the crash, happy to be alive, but in tremendous pain.  He said “The first two or three days were like some of the worst pains in my life.” Kanye had a lot of healing to do after the accident and the surgeries he went through to repair the damage. He was hospitalized for two weeks.

Instead of relaxing at home Kanye went and recorded “Through the Wire” soon after he got out of the hospital. Listening to the recording, you can hear some results of his injuries though he sounds remarkable considering the circumstances.

The song samples Chaka Khan’s “Through the Fire”. Though the song’s overall message is of perseverance through difficult times, it is not depressing or very serious, as you might imagine. It is actually lighthearted and funny. He jokes about what he has to eat saying “I drink a boost for breakfast, and ensure for desert, somebody ordered pancakes I just sip the sizzurp.” He also jokes about complaining to the doctor about getting onto a plane with a metal plate in his chin saying “I said dawg don’t you realize I’ll never make it on the plane now, it’s bad enough I got all this jewelry on, can’t be serious man.”

The song and the music video were huge successes and as they say “the rest is history.” Kanye has come a long way since “Through the Wire” and has certainly made his mark as a rapper. You can download Kanye’s song “Through the Wire” using iMesh and reminisce with us about the beginning of Kanye West – The Superstar Rapper.

Nadine Segal

About Nadine Segal

I am a writer and editor from New York with a passion for music. I write predominately about music, musical artists and the issues they face.

The board of directors

Posted by DJ • May 13, 2013 at 09:03 AM

Pusha T delivers one of the greatest hip hop tracks we heard in a long time. The Clipse rapper is rhyming over seriously sick beats, which sounds old school as much as it sounds like something totally fresh and futuristic.

The production here is also credited to Kanye West, who proves his heart still beats in the right place.

Check out the track on iMesh too

Inside the forest

Posted by DJ • December 05, 2011 at 10:13 AM

Bon Iver, former Kanye West collaborator, has just released this new video clip for his most controversial track yet, Beth/Rest.  The track is lifted from his latest album, one of 2011 highlights without a doubt. On this track he sounds mostly like a forgotten Peter Gabriel track from his mid 80’s phase. What’s your opinion, do you like this minimalistic 80’s throwback?


Games of the Throne

Posted by DJ • August 12, 2011 at 05:14 PM

Finally, the most anticipated album of the year, is here. Jay Z and Kanye West, arguably the most important people in the rap game in recent years, have joined forces on Watch the Throne, a powerful display of their mutual skills and talent.

Otis samples an old song by soul legend, Otis Redding, and it’s goes a little something like this…


Do it like this

Posted by DJ • July 23, 2011 at 09:57 AM

Big Sean is finally famous! Or at least, that’s how he chose to call his new album. Signed on to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D label, Sean was poised for success, but it seems like he managed to get there only recently.

Check out this tune “I Do It” from his latest album – available for downloading now through iMesh