When you see him on Keeping Up With The Kardashians, or Kanye-ing Taylor Swift on the VMAs, it’s easy to forget that Kanye West is one of the most legendary hip-hop producers of all time (OF ALL TIME). For that reason, the best way to properly evaluate his contributions as a producer is to divorce his producing from his personal life, and his solo career. Today, we’re looking at some of the best producing Kanye has done on songs for artists other than himself.
FRIDAY MIXTAPE: The Best Of Kanye West (As A Producer) (Dead Prez, Jay-Z, Common, Lupe Fiasco, Kid Cudi)
September 28, 2012 | Aaron Zorgel
September 7, 2012 | Aaron Zorgel
In a sentence that didn’t start with “I’mma let you finish,” Kanye West once called Swizz Beats “the best rap producer of all time.” From one heavyweight producer to another, that alone should be enough to secure Swizz Beatz’ seat in the hip-hop canon. Let’s check out some of his best beats for this edition of the Friday Mixtape.
July 31, 2012 | Aaron Zorgel
At the end of each month, Pop Hunter highlights the best songs that were released. Consider it your cheat sheet for year-end lists. This month, we feature Kendrick Lamar, JoJo, Frank Ocean, Rita Ora, and Alicia Keys.
July 13, 2012 | Aaron Zorgel
The Pop Hunter Podcast is a live performance mix of Top 40, Hip-Hop, and Pop, with original remixes, mash-ups, and original beats – as much a party soundtrack as a portal for new music discovery. Stream our Summer mix, and subscribe on iTunes!
July 6, 2012 | Aaron Zorgel
Jeff Bhasker is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and producer who works closely with Kanye West, and produces for some of the biggest stars in music. Recently, he’s been attributed with bringing New York City-based band fun. to the next level. On this edition of Friday Mixtape, let’s listen to some of Jeff Bhasker’s finest work.
June 29, 2012 | Aaron Zorgel
At the end of each month, Pop Hunter highlights the best songs that were released. Consider it your cheat sheet for year-end lists. This month, we feature M.I.A., Ciara, Ester Dean, Rick Ross, and Frank Ocean.
June 29, 2012 | Aaron Zorgel
Yesterday, Alicia Keys revealed a new song from her still-untitled follow-up to 2009′s The Element Of Freedom, showing a decidedly upbeat side that we rarely see from the queen of sad piano ballads. “New Day” is produced by her husband Swizz Beats, and it’s a reflection of Keys’ new-found positive outlook on life.
February 22, 2012 | Crystal Gibson
So, you’re going through a break-up. It’s likely that you are too caught up in trying to mend your heart and are oblivious to the fact that there are three stages of a breakup. You should also beg your ears and your pride for forgiveness because you’ve likely subjected yourself to some questionable pop music. Carrie Underwood, Adele, Taylor Swift — these are all musical staples of a rough split. Let’s break down the stages of a breakup and try and understand why we listen to the songs we do when our hearts are broken.