You can measure an artist’s progress in a lot of ways, but it’s hard to think of a musician that has developed as starkly and unapologetically in the public eye as Kanye West. At this point, Ye has fans as interested in his fashion moves as his music, and the acknowledgement of his prowess as a designer seems to be what he’s been aiming at for years.
Still, when Yeezy drops new music, ears perk up. And not just to hear what he has to say but also how it sounds. Kanye has thrown sonic curveballs throughout his career and with his new album still shaping up behind-the-scenes, the question remains, what’s next?
With that in mind, we compiled a short list of some of the styles Ye has traversed behind the boards and in the booth through the years.
Take a look at some of his milestones through the years.
Sped Up Soul
Beat CD From 2001
Jay Z – “Izzo (H.O.V.A.)”
Kanye West – “Through The Wire”
Kanye West – “Hey Mama”
Electronic, House, And Beyond
Kanye West – “Stronger”
Kanye West – “I Wonder”
Kanye West – “Say You Will”
Kanye West feat. Mr Hudson – “Paranoid”
Expansive Pop/Hip Hop
Kanye West feat. Pusha T – “Runaway”
Kanye West – “Power”
Kanye West – “Black Skinhead”
Kanye West – “New Slaves”
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From 2001 To Fresh 808s: Kanye West’s Changing Sound Through The Years was originally published on theurbandaily.com