This year is nearly over, or more exciting exams are just about to finally begin. I want to get every single one over and done with, get the sexual stressful tension off my mind. Have my mum quit naggin me to study, how convenient she always happens comes to see what im up to when im not studying; and when i am actually studying she never comes… then tells me i never study and she DOES NOT GET OFF MY BACK about it. Anyways, just a few more weeks to go until freedom (FREE DOOM), then i get to suit up in my new suit for the formal the last time i get to see the class of 2010 as a whole, how sad. Good thing though is that I absolutely love suiting up, some guys can agree to this… just me? I reckon guys need more excuses to suit up, because i reckon i am too young to be dressing in a nice slim suit and tie just to go out to the shops or local milk bar haha…
On another note after school is over i need to join a gym asap, i want to bulk up more but not ‘tank’ you know, also rejoin a tennis club as i miss playing the sport i used to play 4 times once upon a time. Oh and get more hours on my L’s!
For now i need to keep going… do practice exams… study heaps bare minimum… ponder some more… procrastinate a little less… listen to more GOOD music.. more spontaneous photo shopping… apply for more jobs… before i know it it’s over
Your my devil, your my angel Your my heaven, your my hell, You’re my now, you’re my forever, You’re my freedom, your my jail, You’re my lies your my truth, You’re my war you’re my truce, Your my questions your my proof, Your my stress and your my masseuse
This is the story of a champion
runners on their mark and they pop their guns
Stand up stand up here he comes
Tell me what it takes to be number 1
(Did you realize
That you were a champion?)
Yes I did.
Is Kanye West shamefully misunderstood? I’m not talking about the self important, award-hungry celebrity who provokes great controversy on a yearly basis– I’m talking about Kanye West the musician; the perfectionist of a producer who’s created some of the most endearing and innovative hip-hop records of the past 10 years. I recently had a conversation with a good friend of mine who, in the process, stated that “Kanye West is an ‘overrated’ artist, one that merely steals other people’s ideas– like Daft Punk– and uses them as his own.” This topic doesn’t surprise me. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if more than half of Kanye’s fans have dealt with it before. Do you feel that you’re constantly trying to convince your friends that Kanye West is the genius he says he is?
It may be Kanye’s own outspokenness that overshadows the quality of his music for many casual listeners. I’ve always found that much of the arguments focus on Kanye’s most memorable singles, aka radio-friendly hits like “Gold Digger,” “Stronger,” and “Through the Wire.” Each of these tracks share a particular quality : they sample songs by highly prominent artists, thus, lead the listener to a unique sense of immediacy and discovery. The samples themselves are generally straightforward– they’re discernible and clearly taken from the song they borrow from. Unfortunately for Kanye, this gives trollers and haters alike the perfect excuse to bash him, especially considering that each of these artists are worshipped by dedicated fan bases. Multitudes of Daft Punk fans went berserk when they first heard “Stronger,” generalizing the song as a blatant rip-off of “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” and accusing Kanye of only adding a hip-hop beat to one of the song’s most memorable melodies. As a fan of both artists, I have to say the two are vastly different creations, and Kanye’s prowess as a beat-maker is ever evident. Daft Punk stated that their “song had a good sound, but when the radio DJ put Kanye’s record on, the sound was really fat.” This couldn’t be more true. “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” actually has a pretty light feel to it– the kick drums are tight, not too deep, and the song mostly centers on the higher register with bright synths, bright acoustic guitars, high-pitched ride cymbals, and so forth. With “Stronger,” however, Kanye flipped the song upside down : he slowed the sample down like crazy and made the song all about the low-end. The robotic voice from the original version is fattened and heavier, the drums are boomier, synths have more of a bite to them, and the overall feel is far more aggressive. He transformed Daft Punk’s club-like atmosphere into something totally stadium-worthy. Though it may sound simple on paper, try comparing the two back and forth. Kanye’s interpretation is a fascinating one.
One of Kanye’s biggest strengths is making something rather ordinary sound unconventional. Take for example 808s & Heartbreak, a record that emerged at a time when autotune was mostly deemed as overused, cliche, and obnoxious. Wasn’t it only fair to put Kanye in the very same categories? Wrong. Rather than using autotune as a gimmicky tool for rappers to sing, he implemented the device in a symbolic manner : the lyrics of his own heartbreak and the intricacies of his robotic-like voice created a stark paradox of human emotions and robotic, mechanical tones. In other words, rather than singing about money and fame, topics in which the autotune was often expressed with (artists like Lil Wayne or T-Pain), Kanye used autotune to emphasize the melancholiness of his own lyrics. As a break-up record from front to back, it was a hauntingly beautiful representation of a man’s brokenness. Mainstream listeners, however, considered 808s & Heartbreak a failed attempt to “fit in.” One listener went as far as to say that the album “felt like it was thrown together to be released for the Christmas sales rush– why else would he abuse the vocal auto-tuner that is so popular right now?” I’m almost 100% positive that if the album were releases 5 years earlier, it would have been hailed as some kind of weird, groundbreaking masterpiece.
Next time you get into a conversation about the legitimacies of Kanye West, think about the specifics as to why love his music. Each of his albums are so different and so rich in content, you’ll be hard pressed not to find a single explanation. The diversity of his discography in itself just might be the perfect starting point.
I believe i am capable of creating great things but i still need to learn and experience new skills that a University/TAFE can offer me. I’d like to work in a positive environment with aspiring designers and knowledgeable teachers. As for career options at the moment i am open to many possibilities and i have not yet chosen a specific field, Although a few that spark my interest are advertising, magazine editor, web development and visual communication in general. I want to earn a degree and/or certificate to show to companies that i have understanding and base knowledge in graphic design and that i take this industry seriously. I want to learn about industry trends and what works in today’s culture. Design in this day and age is used and seen all around us in everyday life, i want to be apart of this ever growing industry and contribute my creations that people are able to be seen everyday whether it be a logo or billboard advertisement. I want my work to be seen at a large scale. This is my goal and motivation for doing this type of work and choosing to study visual design at highly regarded institutions like RMIT, Monash or Swinburne. Through doing a course i wish to learn and develop my creativity and discover originality in doing so.
So here is the first of the final 3 Best Of’s from myself. There are a few other artists I would have liked to of covered, but other things are more important now that I am back at University - plus these 3 will definitely make up for it. Since hearing The College Dropout back in 2004 I have been KanYe’s biggest fan and it’s safe to say it’s been a bit of a roller coaster ride. He completely changed my view on Hip-Hop and music in general when I was 14 with his unique sampling style and ingenious wordplay, which has gradually made him my favourite Rapper/Producer of all time. Granted he has said some ridiculous things over the past few years, but you have to take them with a pinch of salt and appreciate a master at work. I wasn’t a massive fan off 808s (although I understand why he did it), but The College Dropout, Late Registration and Graduation are 3 of my favourite albums of all time and whether you like him or not; nobody can deny the impact they have had on the world of music. I was lucky enough to be a Moderator on his official forum (KanYeLive) for a year and have seen him live 5 times now, which has allowed me to see and meet some of the most passionate music lovers around. KanYe is one of the most important people in my life and if it wasn’t for him then I wouldn’t be writing this blog or listening to half of the music I do now. He is simply a modern day genius and will go down in history as one of the most influential and iconic artists our generation. Tracklist and download link after the jump.