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Wednesday, June 12th, 2013 at 1:35 pm  |  199 responses

Kanye West Calls Himself the ‘Michael Jordan of Music’


Yeezy is out and about promoting his new album—Yeezus, his sixth solo project—and naturally, Mr. West is talking crazy. Kanye tells the NY Times that he’s the Michael Jordan of music: “Mr. West has had the most sui generis hip-hop career of the last decade. No rapper has embodied hip-hop’s often contradictory impulses of narcissism and social good quite as he has, and no producer has celebrated the lush and the ornate quite as he has. He has spent most of his career in additive mode, figuring out how to make music that’s majestic and thought-provoking and grand-scaled. And he’s also widened the genre’s gates, whether for middle-class values or high-fashion and high-art dreams. At the same time, he’s been a frequent lightning rod for controversy, a bombastic figure who can count rankling two presidents among his achievements, along with being a reliably dyspeptic presence at award shows (when he attends them). But Mr. West is, above all, a technician, obsessed with sound, and the music of ‘Yeezus’ — spare, direct and throbbing — is, effectively, a palate cleanser after years of overexertion, backing up lyrics that are among the most serrated and provocative of his career. [...] ‘I think you got to make your case. Seventh grade, I wanted to be on the basketball team. I didn’t get on the team, so that summer I practiced. I was on the summer league. My team won the championship; I was the point guard. And then when I went for eighth grade, I practiced and I hit every free throw, every layup, and the next day I looked on this chart, and my name wasn’t on it. I asked the coach what’s up, and they were like, ‘You’re just not on it.’ I was like, ‘But I hit every shot.’ The next year — I was on the junior team when I was a freshman, that’s how good I was. But I wasn’t on my eighth-grade team, because some coach — some Grammy, some reviewer, some fashion person, some blah blah blah — they’re all the same as that coach. Where I didn’t feel that I had a position in eighth grade to scream and say, ‘Because I hit every one of my shots, I deserve to be on this team!’ I’m letting it out on everybody who doesn’t want to give me my credit.’ And you know you hit your shots. ‘Yeah — you put me on the team. So I’m going to use my platform to tell people that they’re not being fair. Anytime I’ve had a big thing that’s ever pierced and cut across the Internet, it was a fight for justice. Justice. And when you say justice, it doesn’t have to be war. Justice could just be clearing a path for people to dream properly. It could be clearing a path to make it fair within the arena that I play. You know, if Michael Jordan can scream at the refs, me as Kanye West, as the Michael Jordan of music, can go and say, ‘This is wrong.’”

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  • BugEyes

    Insert quirky quip here” “

  • Redd

    He’s one of the greatest rappers ever, if not the greatest.

    Yeezus puts it down.

  • http://www.netstakeover.com/ JetSkiJohnson

    Slam Leak the album!

  • Max

    Nah.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i hope he’s talking about Shoe wise.

  • Ismael

    What was his last hit again?

  • Evan Harris

    lol no.

  • Dfrance

    Kim K. Baddabing! I’ll be here all week!

  • LP @ThisisEther

    Otis, power, monster… Too many.. Won’t even bring up some of the joints from the GOOD MUSIC album….

  • OfftheWall87

    Hope you’re joking. Jay-Z, his own mentor/friend has him easily beat. You’re too far into Chicago to see what’s real. I see it’s not just the Bulls that you’re biased about.

  • ChosenOne

    Eminem would murder him lyrically..

  • OfftheWall87

    He’s good but these people have to stop calling themselves the Michael Jordan of everything especially when there are clearly people who are better than they are in their field.

  • OfftheWall87

    I can name so many rappers who would destroy him. His own boss is one of them.

  • The Mauve Avenger

    I hope this is a joke.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ Megatron

    Kanye obviously isn’t the “Michael Jordan of Music” but he is no doubt a musical genius. This is a guy that has changed the game and made a couple of the best hip-hop records of all time. I think everyone should go back and listen to College Dropout and Late Registration if you can’t remember what a masterpiece both of those albums are or what Kanye is capable of.

  • OfftheWall87

    A freestyle from Eminem on a bad day would be enough. Jay-Z said himself years ago that his only competition really is Eminem. Kanye’s done nothing that big since then to change that.

  • ChosenOne

    Eminem writes for Dre.. so that statement is out the question.

  • OfftheWall87

    I was unclear. I meant so many rappers would destroy Kanye and his own boss, Jay-Z, would destroy him.

  • ChosenOne

    Eminem is the most feared rapper in the game. Ask any rapper in the world right now… and they don’t want it with Em. Period.

  • Hingle McCringleberry

    More like the Shawn Kemp of music.

  • pposse

    maybe not rapper, but as far as musician goes Yeezy is one of the best to ever do it.

  • OfftheWall87

    You mean producer? He’s up there production wise. But Timbaland is a force to be reckoned with and shouldn’t be pushed aside especially since his latest work went almost platinum in one week with Timberlake and he can produce for a wide range of artists in different genres.

  • ChosenOne

    I’m sorry man, but..

    Em > Jay

  • The Mauve Avenger

    I agree Eminem is an incredibly talented rapper ,but he is also incredibly overrated. I respect the fact Kanye didn’t say in hip hop, he said all of music. The man is comfortable in his own style to the point he’s branched out into the worlds of fashion and art. Very influential musician and icon status.

  • superarrr82

    dude is such an arrogant ass..

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    but it is he really overrated?

    .

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brYY3Dri7xw

  • ChosenOne

    Let me guess, you think he’s overrated cause he’s white… smh..

  • pposse

    thats why i used the term musician because Kanye brings it from the production level and rap level in a way no one else can. Timbaland is great at what he does but producing is all he is doing lately; Kanye can do both very well, there’s no one that has that all around ability in the hip hop game right now. He’s like the Lebron James of hip hop, not MJ…you know very good at a lot of things but might not be the best at one thing

  • OfftheWall87

    Ehh…He’s on his way to being an icon and his arrogance may be one of the reasons why he’s done this well so far, but relax. I’d like to know who you like if you think Eminem is incredibly overrated. Artists are weary getting on tracks with dude because he can still slaughter anyone when he feels like it.

  • OfftheWall87

    I don’t know about that. Jay-Z’s longevity speaks volumes. Eminem has 3 classic albums under his belt. His last solo record was his best work since 2002. A ten year gap of underwhelming work. Jay-Z’s first 7 albums were all pretty ridiculous. He retired, came back and delivered another legit piece of work for the American Gangster film. I’d go with Jay over Em.

  • anon

    One of the illest producers ever, but he not even a top 20 all time MC. He can create dope tracks, but that don’t mean he can spit.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/savagemuzicgroup T-Ray

    Ehh Jay-Z had a few duds as well. I think every artist who is fortunate enough to have that type of longevity is bound to have a few so-so albums. To be honest I would take Nas over both Em and Jay.

  • ChosenOne

    Just listen to Renegade though…

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/savagemuzicgroup T-Ray

    Kanye is kind of a hit and miss production wise lately. I think he’s gotten away from what made him. His influence from Pete Rock made him a monster production wise but now his sounds seem a bit too unconventional and lazy at times.

  • ChosenOne

    I have always wanted to see Em and Nas do a track together. It would be so ill…

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/savagemuzicgroup T-Ray

    Curious but who would round out your top 20? I think lyrically his earlier work makes him barely crack that list.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/savagemuzicgroup T-Ray

    That would be a dream track with production from Just Blaze. Classic in the making.

  • OfftheWall87

    I’d take Rakim, Method Man and Inspectah Deck over all of them bar for bar. But everyone has their tastes.

  • Brandon Allen

    Kanye has over 30 posts on SLAM? Kanye wins.

  • OfftheWall87

    Just one record. That 10 year gap between hits stands out to me. At his best, no one was messing with him. But Jay held his own on that record and was confident enough to put him on his record.

  • Jay Brodes

    i would say jay-z is the mj of rap but that is just me! i dont hate yeezy but i would take Fab over Yeezy thou i will probably get killed for saying this??

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/savagemuzicgroup T-Ray

    Can’t disagree with you there.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/savagemuzicgroup T-Ray

    I don’t think that’s an off the wall comment. Fab is highly underrated and his bars are witty.

  • Brandon Allen

    Just to stick up for Kanye in the rap world all of his solo albums (even 808s) are great. I don’t know if Jay can say that even though his longevity is amazing….and Em had those amazing first few years and kind of just got derailed by life…

  • ChosenOne

    Jay did good on that track yes. But even Jay admitted himself Em got him. I agree though, I respect him for daring to put Em on his album.. most rappers avoid trying to get humiliated by him as you mentioned earlier. Em also beat him on that “Syllables” track aswell. Album wise, well, Jay has more, but they say quality over quantity right??
    Anyway, it is all preferences…

  • The Mauve Avenger

    Oh calm down, I never even mentioned race. There are plenty of great, white rappers.

  • Slick Ric

    Eminem is overrated, FOH.

  • Slick Ric

    Stop playing the race card….

  • ChosenOne

    C’mon man that is patently false… but by looking at your username, I can respect you for being a Slick Rick fan.

  • Slick Ric

    You know you rock to “n**** in Paris”.

  • Jay Brodes

    i appreciate that! said this the other day when i popped to visit my boy at his FTL store and his employees put me on blast for saying fab is in my top 5 of rappers today! i know he does not get the love he should but he is super broad in terms of club bangers, “chick tracks”, and the mix tape. his remixes kill it! in terms of “chick tracks” i a mean radio friendly or the sing songy tracks.

  • The Mauve Avenger

    I’m a big fan of music, particularly Hip Hop so I can really listen to most rappers (including Eminem) without too many complaints. Nas, DOOM, Black Starr, Clipse, Common, Murs, Kool Moe Dee, Jay-Z, Rakim, Murs, Jay Rock, Game, UGK, Geto Boys, Joey Bada$$, Outkast, Rick Ross, AZ, Ice Cube, Spice One, LL Cool J, 3rd Bass, Lauryn Hill, Kendrick Lamar, Quasimoto, Little Brother, and the list goes on and on. I never said Eminem wasn’t a legend in Hip Hop. I just said he’s overrated, that’s all.

  • robb

    Eminem is a better rapper, but Kanye’s more than a rapper, the guy’s musical vision is incredible. I don’t think Eminem is a great musician, but Kanye? he’s incredible

  • The Mauve Avenger

    Several rappers write for Dre so yea that was a bad statement.

  • The Mauve Avenger

    You are crazy.

  • OfftheWall87

    What makes him overrated?

  • Mike Gilbert

    Am I the only one here who doesn’t only listen to rap

  • Dfrance

    Fab is dope, but he rarely goes beyond the metaphor rap. His mixtapes are usually good, while his album releases are filled with radio friendly R&B features. That’s why he doesn’t get the respect he should

  • The Mauve Avenger

    I’ve been a Wu-Tang fan for the longest time ,but Jay-Z is better than Deck and Meth. Rakim is the original God emcee and I would never disrespect ,but Jay-Z is the GOAT to me.

  • The Mauve Avenger

    Haha nah man I listen to most everything too.

  • OfftheWall87

    Tell that to Rakim who has always spoken highly of him. The man knows a thing or two about the art form.

  • Dfrance

    Yes! Yes! A fellow Nas fan! lol

  • Dfrance

    Who said everyone here only listens to rap? That just happens to be all that Slam posts about, and its usually in reference to some rap/basketball link.

  • Mike Gilbert

    true

  • The Mauve Avenger

    I’m going to try to say this without getting people in their feelings. The whole: “I Just don’t give a fuck!”(What’s the Difference, Chronic 2001) persona felt forced, almost like he felt insecure that not everyone in the world saw him as this rebel and he felt the need to remind us all, over and over. I don’t like the singing thing he does on his newer albums; Relapse and Recovery. I never thought he was as clever in his lines as people praise him for being. I can listen to him ,but just on occasion.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/savagemuzicgroup T-Ray

    I’m actually quite fond of Lana Del Rey and Florence and The Machine.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/savagemuzicgroup T-Ray

    Haha I knew what you meant by “chick tracks” bruh. But yea I wouldn’t crucify you for that I’m high on Fab. Def not in my top 5 today but it’s all on preference.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/savagemuzicgroup T-Ray

    Cosign. Both Soul Tape mixtapes were classic mixtapes IMO.

  • The Mauve Avenger

    Thank God someone else considers “American Gangster” a classic!

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/savagemuzicgroup T-Ray

    I see you son! lol

  • The Mauve Avenger

    Most definitely. Fab is clever in the same way Big L was.

  • The Mauve Avenger

    You’re right. New God Flow sounded like a YouTube remix to Mighty Healthy.

  • Dfrance

    The 1st two TINC tapes were too. he kinda mailed it in on the last one.

  • The Mauve Avenger

    In defense of SLAM, not too many non Hip Hop acts actively comment about basketball or incorporate it in their music.

  • ZOGS

    KANYE WENT TOO HOLLYWOOD…KIND LIKE WAYNE AFTER THE CARTER 2

    -

    I’D RATHER BUY JCOLE’S ALBUM WHEN IT DROPS, THEN LISTEN TO KANYE SCREAM “I AM GOD”…..

    #KANYE.DIDNT.HIT.IT.FIRST

  • Lauren Gard

    Agree with you Megatron that he’s a musical genius, but c’mon, someone with so much artistic talent should have an incredible album cover, not the barely there “design” for Yeezus. I mean, look what these graphic designers have come up with in this contest: http://bit.ly/KanyeAlbumCover – pretty amazing. He should take a hint…

  • Dfrance

    Agreed, I didn’t mean that as a shot to Slam.

  • Sancheezie

    gay.

  • Sancheezie

    i come from a jewish cuban backround, so the music taste is all over the place

  • Dfrance

    808s is such a slept on album. I guess the autotune turned people off.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/savagemuzicgroup T-Ray

    Ok? lol way to add some insight and opinion buddy.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/savagemuzicgroup T-Ray

    I think that has everything to do with Loso’s Way 2 coming out soon. Sometimes the mixtape before the album is usually pretty average.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/savagemuzicgroup T-Ray

    I see you son!

  • OfftheWall87

    It’s entertainment. Most rappers have images that are unlike their real lives. Some people exaggerate the truth in order to sell records, some artists make up parts of their lives to sell records like Rick Ross now. It’s a matter of taste, but again, most personas are forced for entertainment purposes.

  • The Philosopher

    Illuminati.

  • ChosenOne

    No need to get personal…
    Anyway, as I said, we all have our preferences, but imo Em is GOAT. All them rappers you listed earlier would all respect Em, and they definitely wouldn’t say he’s overrated.

  • The Philosopher

    I have lauded Kanye West on this very site as one of the greatest emcees of all time.
    But, he’s saying that he is the Jordan of music. I gather he is referencing Hip – Hop.
    As is such, he is not calling himself the Magic Johnson of Hip – Hop.
    THEN, he would be off his rocker.
    In my opinion. Lol…

  • The Philosopher

    Oh, and, Bruce Mathers III is better than Shawn Carter…

  • Sancheezie

    listening to all that mess. smh.

  • ChosenOne

    Thank you. Somebody understands.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i understand but i also don’t in this context.
    i.e. why would they be against him? cuz he didn’t sign up?

  • ChosenOne

    This is an incredible freestyle.

  • The Philosopher

    Well, he is flexing the pyramid.
    Observe.
    And, he is most definitely “in there”.
    He talks about them. The “bosses” do not like that.
    But he has toned it down, considerably.

  • The Philosopher

    And shout out to M.C. Serch.
    An all timer…

  • The Mauve Avenger

    Agree to disagree. Idk about all of the rappers i mentioned earlier speaking high of Em ,but hey I don’t know them personally.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    it really really is.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    why would they “reel” him in tho?

  • The Mauve Avenger

    J Cole is great his flow is robotic sometimes though.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/savagemuzicgroup T-Ray

    And I actually like that track mainly due to the lyrics. He had a track he produced for Pusha recently can’t remember the name but it was just really basic. Don’t get me wrong I like Yeezy productioin wise but lets not act like he makes gold every time.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/savagemuzicgroup T-Ray

    Agreed but I must say Born Sinner is one hellova album. Much better than Sideline Story which I thought was garbage.

  • The Mauve Avenger

    Yup! Helped Nas get in the game. I’m not sure ,but I think he introduced Nas and Preem. I could be wrong too.

  • The Philosopher

    “The bosses” love geniuses. But the genius who has influence over the masses, they love more. Their talent can be used to exact the agenda(s) of “the bosses”.

  • Dfrance

    Well hopefully Loso’s Way 2 is worth it, I just can’t get excited for Fab’s albums.

  • The Mauve Avenger

    No doubt. Friday Night Lights and the Warm Up were great though. And his at the end of Looking For Trouble was toxic.
    http://youtu.be/WDYd0ifaXU4?t=3m52s

  • The Philosopher

    Yeah, I don’t know about that, either. But you could be correct.

  • The Mauve Avenger

    Oh chill! Lana Del Rey has a sexy voice.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/savagemuzicgroup T-Ray

    I love Friday Night Lights. Cole, Kendrick, and Big Krit are my favorite young rappers these days. All three of them have lyrics for days. Kendrick being my favor (little West Coast biased lol)

  • The Mauve Avenger

    I never got the Big Krit craze ,but Kendrick is just that dude nowadays. Good Kid, Mad City is Illmatic set in Compton haha. Flawless album.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/savagemuzicgroup T-Ray

    I’m saying! That woman is talented.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/savagemuzicgroup T-Ray

    I think I like Krit so much because he has that country twang with conscious rhymes. And yea I would have to agree lol that album is bonkers! I still liked Jesus Piece better but I’m a big Game fan.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/savagemuzicgroup T-Ray

    I’m with you. I’m not really looking forward to it. I like a cohesive body of work when looking for albums and Fab has just never delivered that IMO.

  • ChosenOne

    That’s cool by me.

    You seem to know your Hip-Hop anyway from what I have gathered from your comments, and everyone has their differences. Off topic, but how well do you rate Elzhi? Imo, he’s the most slept on rapper today…

  • Sancheezie

    poormans fiona apple.

  • CrissBlaziny

    dmx is kemp:)))

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    who are the “masses” in this scenario? if it’s the general public, i think eminem has more influence…..although, not positive, or viewed as positive influence.

  • The Mauve Avenger

    Yea there’s nothing wrong with conscious rap. I grew up a west coast fan too. I only skimmed Jesus Piece ,need to re-listen soon.

  • Sancheezie

    del rey =poormans Fiona apple.

    florence is too indie for me.

    not a big fan of whats out right now.

    i live in coachella, home of the coachella festival. so that comes around my hood regularly.

    i know music pretty well. used to play for a band called steel train. u can youtube it

  • CrissBlaziny

    MICHEL JORDAN OF MUSIC IS MICHEL JACKSON ! kanye is like rodman:)))

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/savagemuzicgroup T-Ray

    Grew up on Quik, Dre, Pac, Snoop, Daz, etc. Jesus Piece was ill. Dead People is probably the best song on the album to me.

  • The Mauve Avenger

    Great list there. I still blast the chronic on hot days. I bet it was. From the Documentary to Candy Caronas, Game has been so consistent and the face of the west.

  • The Philosopher

    Not quite sure what you mean.
    But as far as a positive or a negative influence is concerned, “the bosses” generally are procuring an influence over us in which, some would call negative. They have been using music as a tool for their agenda for a long, long time. Positive or negative.
    The more sex in the music, the more drugs, and things of that nature, the better. For “the bosses”.
    Also, a positive or negative influence can be determined based on perception. One can say, “hey, he/she/they helped me get through this or that”. Serving as inspiration.
    But we also can have a differing perception. Which is usually the popular perception.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    yeah, i meant perceived influence. there is no way for me to really know what triggers are being used psychologically to make a clear cut assumption either way. i just mean, as in popularity, attention. i don’t think there is a rapper on earth who garners more of it when he’s doing his thing, then Eminem. Even his last album went #1 within hours of it’s release.

  • The Mauve Avenger

    Slum Village was wild. Dilla was a mastermind. Elzhi is pretty dope I haven’t heard more than maybe 3 tracks of his independent stuff. I liked what I heard though.

  • The Philosopher

    The only emcee who rivals his stage, his album sales, and overall popularity is… Jay.
    And there are ways for you know what triggers are being used.
    Trust and believe.

  • LakeShow

    I don’t listen to rap at all anymore.
    My favorite musical artists:
    RandomRab
    BlueTech
    Thriftworks
    Gladiator
    PolishAmbassador

    What do you listen to?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    hmm, i’m intrigued.

  • snasty10

    Freddie Gibbs and Schoolboy Q will have better albums then yeezy, and the JCole album was alright, Bronson’s Saab Stories was dope too

  • snasty10

    Also the New Madlib/Quasimoto album “Yessir Whatever” is good

  • fruizm

    Please dont insult the Reign Man…Kanye wishes he could be the Kemp of music!!

  • Junior Taylor

    If Ye is MJ then BIG, Nas and Big L are ?

  • danpowers

    god on steroids

  • davidR

    i look at eminem as prime tmac. had all the tools to be the best, but just didn’t last. still, nobody is gonna deny what he’s capable of. just didn’t translate to long term success, at least the level of success jay-z (kobe) is at

  • KB

    I used to love Kanye, but I might not even listen to Yeezus. Just makes me feel uncomfortable when rappers proclaim that they are ‘gods’. I’ll just stick with his older music.

  • Slick Ric

    I never said he was bad, but all this “he would murder” talk……overrated.

  • Redd

    We aren’t talking lyrics, just music. Kanye puts together better music.

  • Redd

    Overall popularity? Kanye wins that..lol.

  • Redd

    Try 132, he’s also on a Tech website that’s popular with 200+ lol.

  • Redd

    You’re an idiot, I implied he could just be the greatest not he is. But currently Jay has been pretty quiet & Kanye is currently killing it. Jay wins out because of longevity but Yeezy isn’t that behind.

    Kanye is a genius & still discusses important issues.

  • Redd

    How would that even make sense? He’s the Michael Jordan of shoes..which would make him then better than Jordan Brand which belongs to Michael Jordan.

    Wouldn’t he then not be better than Jordan & thus not Jordan at all?

    He’s certainly Top 3 in music in the last decade.

  • Redd

    Twisted Dark Fantasy as well.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    what? his shoe, within the hip hop community, is treated like Jordan’s shoes, in the basketball community. what is so hard to understand?

  • OfftheWall87

    Yeah, you’re definitely a Chicago homer. The Bulls aren’t the only good thing going and Kanye isn’t anywhere near being the greatest rapper. I’m sure Jay-Z’s new album coming will be better than Kanye’s. He wins not just because of longevity but also because of pure rapping ability. Ask any legit hip hop fan who they would listen to for a full day if they had to and chances are great they’d say Jay before Kanye. Lyricism, wordplay…plus the fact that he doesn’t write anything down. That’s something that will always have him standing out from most of the other artists.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    not outside of Chicago.

  • OfftheWall87

    Last decade? Usher, Timberlake, Adele, just off the top of my head that’s 3 artists who have had bigger years than Kanye has since he’s been a rapper and not just a producer. Usher’s 2004 was ridiculous. Dude’s album went diamond, platinum in the first week. Timberlake’s having an amazing year already with his new album and he has another one coming before the end of the year. Adele’s 2011 was crazy. Don’t forget that 50 Cent created a competition that helped push the Graduation album when it came out. Maybe he’s been top 3 to you, but top 3 period? Nah. He’s great but don’t go overboard.

  • victorMOLASSES

    R. Kelly is the MJ of music.

  • Redd

    Are u stupid..? He got 130 comments on a basketball site. You’re talking about him aren’t u? He’s huge worldwide.

  • Redd

    Lol idiot, he’s the top 3 musician currently. Wayne sells records too, idc about sales.

  • Redd

    Yeah they’re the best and Joey Bada$$ too, but KRIT is my favorite, I love Southern Hip Hip.

  • Redd

    Kanye is definitely a better musician but the better rapper obviously is Jay, albeit lately he’s been weak because he doesn’t rap about anything potent, but that’s just my opinion.

    I’m not a Chicago homer, just a real hip hop fan.

  • initbruv

    *One of the greatest producers he doesn’t even skim the top 50 rappers of all time imo.

  • initbruv

    Quasimoto’s newest album is dope.

  • Redd

    He doesn’t? Wow..not even top 50, dumbest thing ever.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Huge and Hugest are different.

  • danpowers

    record sales are normally no indication of the quality of music. normally the opposite is the case. simple crap off the assembly line usually sells better than quality. there are exceptions from the rule but to me kanye west is none of these exceptions. what a pr*ck

  • initbruv

    Ok…does your rap knowledge only go 10 years or so?

  • danpowers

    nope

  • initbruv

    It’s Kanye’s beats that make him great. Lyrically he’s generic as f*ck. I think he’s probably the greatest producer of all time btw, but rapper, no way.

  • OfftheWall87

    First you say he’s top 3 in the last decade and now you say he’s top 3 currently. Make up your mind.

  • Redd

    He easily cracks top 50, Pac was pretty simple too, had a nice flow though.

  • Redd

    No, but Ye is easily one of the best MUSICIANS we’ve seen.

  • Redd

    He currently is the hugest, because no artist is discussed as widely as Ye.

  • Redd

    ..that decade includes now..lol idiot.

  • initbruv

    I would agree with that. He’s a master of his craft, there’s no doubt. And unlike a lot of musicians he’s effectively evolved over time. Look at his music now vs when he was producing sh*t for Scarface. Both were good but way different.

  • initbruv

    Well we’ll just have to agree to disagree.

  • initbruv

    I just don’t think he’s a great RAPPER. It’s fine, just nothing special.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/savagemuzicgroup T-Ray

    There we go that’s what I was looking for. I can respect that opinion. I just got introduced to them both and I like what I’ve heard so far. I’ll def check you’re music out.

  • Youngindy21

    Didn’t his boy Jay-Z already call himself the Mike Jordan of Recording.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Lol sure buddy

  • Redd

    Lol, let me guess, you like every white person thinks he’s a douche?

    Because he’s a Black guy who’s huge as hell & speaks for Black folks & against the racism that currently is occurring against Black folks?

    Or cause he dares to shout out dead prez who call you guys crackers & Mos Def who stands for Black power?

  • Redd

    Agreed, he isn’t lyrical I admit that, but he’s no 2chainz.

  • Redd

    Yeah lyrically he gets by, he dropped some awesome lines throughout College Dropout tho.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    What? No, I have enjoyed every album, he’s awesome actually.. He’s just not the biggest rapper. His boss is. It’s not a big deal. .
    You are an idiot though. Thanks for sharing

  • KBM

    He’s nice, but Inspectah Deck and Slim are not in the same class.

  • Ugh

    I still don’t see how anyone can rate either of these albums above ‘Don’t sweat the technique’ or ‘Nation of millions’. By comparison to Chuck D and the Bomb Squad, or Eric B and Rakim, Kanye is shallow and one dimensional – the Harold Miner of hip-hop, not the Michael Jordan.

  • Blakos

    Kanye is a great producer. His first two albums were awesome. Since then. Meh

  • EJ

    Who is the Brian Scalabrine of music?

  • Sand1

    I don’t know what he’s been smoking but he’s more the like Toni Kukoc of music. I don’t even mean that as diss or a joke. Can contribute, will show brilliance in spurts, will probably play a lot of mins but you wouldn’t want him to guard the other teams best player or carry you for a season

  • SirGrey

    Don’t compare Kanye to Wayne..

  • OfftheWall87

    People have different tastes and reasons for the MCs they like. Inspectah Deck’s tone of voice fits me more than Shady’s does.

  • OfftheWall87

    So sensitive about Chicago.

  • Guest

    This guy is high. Lol.

  • SirGrey

    DJ Khaled.

  • jumpman22cn

    ‘The Michael Jordan of music’????? You meant MJ of basketball, right? Cause I guess Michael Jordan would be rubbish at music.

  • initbruv

    True. He killed it on that album. I shouldnt over state my case, top 50 is probably ridiculous hahs

  • initbruv

    *haha. I can’t type for sh*t on my phone.

  • Dfrance

    He wasn’t always shallow and one dimensional, those first two albums he covered a lot of topics. But he got rich and his life changed, now he raps about his new lifestyle which is hard for us regular cats to relate to.

  • ak

    Maybe in his Washington Bullets days, yeah y not.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    all time? yeah, i would take Nas too. But as a straight up lyricist? i think i take Eminem. If it was about a freestyle, I would take Eminem without hesitation.

  • Mike Gilbert

    I only know BlueTech (who are awesome) out of these, I should give the rest a listen. I try to listen to everything, but right now I’m really into Tame Impala, Local Natives, Alt-J and Disclosure among others. Basically I love Indie-rock, and I’ve been starting to get into electronic music a little more.

  • LakeShow

    I like Alt-J and a little Tame Impala. I’m into electronic trying to check out more indie stuff though. I like elements of both and would love to mesh them possibly. A little ukulele with some tight bass could sound nice haha. Gunna see what Ableton can dish up for me tonight.

  • Mike Gilbert

    Do you mix?

  • LakeShow

    Yeah.
    I love music as much as anything. I haven’t gotten things down to a T yet, but i’m proud of my progress. (started gathering equipment 2 years ago so i’m a complete noob to music production by any standard)

  • Mars

    Yeezy is greatest.

  • Mars

    Who is the Jordan of hip-hop in your opinion? Almost every rapper has had at least 2 great, game changing albums. Nas, Jay, Big, Pac, Wayne, Game, Skyzoo, Ghostface, Raekwon, Kweli, MOS, Common, KRS… the list goes on. There are too many artists. Personally I think it’s Nas, everybody still bitin that flow and his rhymes scheme is dope (respect to the MC gods Rakim, Kool Moe Dee), his beats are sometimes wack tho. But if you wanna talk about all aspects of hip-hop, like rhymes, beats, fashion, culture, IMAGE, Kanye is your man.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ Megatron

    Honestly I don’t think there is one. If you pose that question to 5 hip-hop heads, there is a good chance you will get 5 different answers (all of which are probably justified). If you ask who was the greatest basketball player, at least 4 of them will say Jordan almost instantly. I feel you on Nas and Illmatic is my personal favorite hip-hop record of all time, but I think the top of the list for artists is just too close and interchangeable depending on what you can relate to, what you appreciate etc.. Probably sounds like a cop out but I don’t think anyone in the game has that “untouchable” status that MJ has among most basketball fans.

  • roon

    You are too quick to call people names that so accurately describe yourself. I think you are aware of your own lack of intelligence.

  • Mars

    True. Definitely true. It’s probably the one of the greatest conversations to have. That and “if you could have any female, who would it be?”

  • initbruv
  • Mike From Spain

    Kanye is to music as Jordan is to baseball? :)

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