“On The Radio” – The College Dropout

Being that is it the year 2012, it safe to say almost the entire 2004 album “The College Dropout” by Kanye West has definitely made it on the radio, several stations as well. Exactly 8 years from the drop of his comedic album, it some songs from this album have been heard on New York stations such as the very hip hop station Hot 97, along with its sister station Power 105.1. Although Kanye West drawn to the hip hop genre that doesn’t limit his listeners, meaning not only hip hop stations have played his music but also top 40 stations such as Z100 and even a more recent station 92.3 Now. For any musical artist the key is to hit all audiences and Kanye West has definitely reached that mark. It’s obvious he very much easy to relate with because he speaks from the heart, displaying no filters. If this album was not on the radio it wouldn’t even get its credit it would deserve because how would it get publicized? Television doesn’t even play music how it used to ending in the late 80s. “Through the Wire” began his pop in musical culture. It introduced this man who near death wouldn’t stop to get his word out. “Jesus Walks” is also another famous song from this album, audiences across could relate to this song simply because of its religious nature. Who would have thought Kanye even had a God? Kanye West is a very hard shelled man, from my perspective at least. He doesn’t even follow one person on twitter! His mom being his heart, he shows that by referring to her as the most important reason he wanted to strive for the best for her. It’s funny even because the album, would had taken even longer to debut because of his accident that literally shut his jaw wired for about 6 weeks hence the song “Through the Wire” the video to that song speaks louder because he wants to us feel how near death is, using clips from the accident to him then. In another aspect we were in that hospital room with him, a very personal move he made allowing that. I guess that was how he really wanted us to view him in all his vulnerable state for the first time. Any person listening to this album would be moved, as I was. Since I am spiritual and dealing now with society rules I feel someone is speaking for me, being black too.



Author: Tiy Hampton

20 something year old New Yorker, that will make a difference. Open minded, talkative, only child. Shopping, traveling and food are my favorite. God first. I do radio, I model, I write, I report on events and conduct interviews. I believe you must do what you love in order to truly live. #ForTheLove

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