18 Songs For People Who Miss The Old Kanye West

23 March 2017, 11:58

Kanye West in 2004

Time to take it back!

Kanye West has achieved monumental success over his 20 year career, easily cementing himself as one of the greatest rappers of his generation.

And while he continues to develop his musical style and experiment with different sounds, there will always be a part within every true Kanye fan that misses the old days.

Get ready to immerse yourself in Ye's unrivalled back catalogue of Hip-Hop hits, including legendary tunes from 'The College Dropout', 'Late Registration' and more.

Check out the ultimate playlist for fans who miss the old Kanye.

Through The Wire

West wrote and recorded his debut single with his jaw wired shut after a car accident in 2002. The Chaka-Khan sampled hook and inspirational message make this song an OG favourite.

 

Hey Mama

This poignant ballad is dedicated to Kanye's mother Donda and was released in 2005. Donda tragically died after surgery complications two years later, and many heart-wrenching tribute performances from Kanye have followed.

 

All Falls Down Feat. Syleena Johnson

Kanye enlisted the help of R&B singer Syleena Johnson for this classic tune. It's music video has since become iconic, is filmed entirely in first-person perspective through the eyes of 'Ye.

 

Good Morning

This serves as the opening track for Kanye's third album 'Graduation' and samples Elton John's 'Someone Saved My Life Tonight'. The music video features an animated version of Ye's unmistakeable 'Dropout Bear' mascot.

 

Good Life Feat. T-Pain

This collaboration with T-Pain also features guest backing vocals from John Legend and Ne-Yo, and was included in an episode of 'Entourage' - an episode that Ye actually made a cameo in, playing himself.

 

Touch The Sky Feat. Lupe Fiasco

Another classic tune! 'Touch The Sky' served as the fourth single taken from Ye's Grammy Award-winning sophomore album 'Late Registration', with Chicago rapper Lupe Fiasco making his career debut on this track.

 

The New Workout Plan

Kanye released 'The New Workout Plan' as the final single from his debut album. This bouncy track looks at how women are often only valued for their physical appearance, while the focus is shifted onto money for men.

 

Heard 'Em Say Feat. Adam Levine

Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine lends his polished vocals to 2005's 'Heard 'Em Say', which achieved serious critical acclaim from music critics after it's release. Turn this up loud.

 

Jesus Walks (Version 2)

Ye picked up another Grammy Award in 2005 for this monumental track. Often ranking on various 'Greatest Songs Of All Time' lists, 'Jesus Walks' stands the test of time due to it's compelling message and atmosphere.

 

Gold Digger Feat. Jamie Foxx

Possibly one of his most famous songs, 'Gold Digger' earned Kanye the Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance in 2006 and remained at number one for a whopping ten weeks the year before.

 

Diamonds From Sierra Leone

Here we see Kanye channelling his inner 007 as he samples the famous Bond theme song 'Diamonds Are Forever'. The original song's singer Shirley Bassey was allegedly so impressed with Kanye's track that she wished to work with him.


Can't Tell Me Nothing

Kanye produced this song alongside Atlanta record producer DJ Toomp, 'Can't Tell Me Nothing', and stated that he drew inspiration from arena rock bands such as The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin, likening the song's melodies to that of a rock song.


Homecoming Feat. Chris Martin

West and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin recorded 'Homecoming' during a jam session after meeting at London's Abbey Road Studios in 2006. The song was released as the final single from 'Graduation' and is accompanied by a stunning black and white music video.

 

Stronger

Kanye and his team allegedly mixed this track over 75 times before Ye was happy with this era-defining, synth-heavy finished product. While West feels "Stronger" pales in comparison to the sampled Daft Punk original, the French duo were apparently delighted with the song.

 

Love Lockdown

Kanye shifted his sound to electro-R&B for the lead single from '808's & Heartbreak'. After the release of 'Love Lockdown', Kanye made the stems available to download so that fans were able to remix the song for themselves.

 

Two Words

Another legendary track from 'TCD', Kanye joined forces with featuring Mos Def, Freeway and The Boys Choir of Harlem to create 'Two Words' which features towards the end of the album. This is a classic.

 

They Say (Common)

Lead artist and Hip-Hop heavyweight Common enlisted the help of GOOD Music teammates Ye and John Legend for this relaxed, sweet-sounding song. Kanye proves himself as one of the genre's lyrical masters in his gorgeous guest verse.

 

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