Kanye West “ain’t even supposed to be here”, and he knows it, even if it was Jay-Z who said it. Like most successful black Americans, his story begins in adversity. One of his early hits, “Through The Wire”, was recorded through his recently shattered jaw — still wired shut — just two weeks after the responsible car crash.
It is rare that an artist has found their voice with their first hit, but Kanye announces his goal from the start with “Through the Wire”:
What if somebody from the Chi that was ill got a deal
on the hottest rap label around?
But he wasn’t talking about coke and birds / it was more like spoken word
Except he’s really putting it down?
And he explained the story about how blacks came from glory
And what we need to do in the game
Being just that “somebody”, Ye smashed expectations — standing in contrast to the gangster rap of the time by reinventing the sound, feel, and scope of rap…
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