4 Kanye West songs that you haven't heard, and should
We are taking a look at four of Kanye West's best songs that were never released as singles and didn't break the charts. If you're a diehard Yeezy fan then you should already know these tracks. But for those of you who don't own his entire discography here are four tracks you have got to give a try.
Family Business - The College Dropout
The second last track on West's debut album has to be one of Kanye's most touching and emotional songs. Family business manages to show the loving and empathetic side of the artist before he became obsessed with rapping about decadence, wealth and fame. This tear-jerker climaxes with a children's choir singing the powerful lyrics "Rain, rain, rain go away, Let the sun come out and all the children say". If you're ever feeling down or in need of inspiration this song is a must listen track.
We Major - Late Registration
At 7 minutes and 28 seconds "We Major" is the longest track from Kanye's second album Late Registration. This exuberant and flashy track features Nas and Really Doe and takes a turn towards the flamboyant and witty Kanye we know today as he raps "I ain't in the Klan, but I brought my hood with me". We Major is as feel good of a song as they come and is great to listen to anytime you're brimming with confidence.
I Wonder - Graduation
Believe it or not but Kanye West's inspiration for "I Wonder" was largely attributed to Bono and the extravagance of his world tours with U2. This retrospective track has some deep meaning and thoughts behind it that make for a beautiful song. In the synthesizer heavy track Kanye acknowledges the grievances and opinions of his critics. But he manages to show that it doesn't matter as there are bigger questions in life which Kanye cleverly states with "When you hop back in the car, Drive back to the crib, Run back to their arms, The smokescreens, The chokes and the screams, You ever wonder what it all really mean?"
See Me Now - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
"See Me Now" is the final track from Kanye's latest solo album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. You may not know the song because it is a bonus track via iTunes but it is just as catchy and extravagant as any other song form the album. This fun and feel-good song ends the album on a high note while still managing to showcase Kanye at his cockiest; "Now I'ma need you to kill the hypocrisy, this is an aristocracy, I'm Socrates but my skin more chocolaty." To finish off the bonus track we are treated to a cameo by American R&B legend Charlie Wilson who absolutely kills it. Uncle Charlie, as Kanye calls him, hits the highest of notes and makes See Me Now another must listen track of Kanye's catalogue.