KANYE WEST IS A ROCK MUSIC FAN: A LIST OF INFLUENCES



Kanye West has been influenced by tons of Rock Music. Here’s a list.

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On Today’s Video we take a look at 7 Rock Artists that Kanye West is inspired by
There is a legend being passed around that says David Bowie predicted the rise of Kanye West
The year was 1972, five years before Kanye was born
That was the year that the late David Bowie released his opera rock album, “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars”
The 1972 Bowie album cover art depicts the image of a rockstar confidently posing in a dark London street
The only really prominent focus point in the photo is a lighted sign just above the singer’s head with the words “K. West”
The theory then goes deeper dissecting the meaning behind the album’s first track: “Five Years”
The lyrics of the song portray a picture of a world that can come to an end in 5 years
Unless a “Starman” descends to Earth to save humanity from itself
Advance 5 years and 2 days in time, and on June 8, 1977, Kanye West was born. So some say that Bowie’s predicted “Starman” had arrived.
7. David Bowie
When David Bowie passed away on January 10, 2016, Kanye West was one of the first artists to pay homage
6. King Crimson
King Crimson are an English progressive rock band formed in London in 1968
King Crimson have been influential both on the early 1970s progressive rock movement and many contemporary artists
The production of Kanye’s song “Power” samples the track “21st Century Schizoid Man” by King Crimson
The sample showed up on West’s radar thanks to Andrew Dawson, an engineer and producer who had worked with the rapper since 2004’s The College Dropout
Dawson saw a T-shirt that reminded him of the “In the Court of the Crimson King” cover, which brought to mind his own musical past
5. Black Sabbath
Guitarist Tony Iommi, drummer Bill Ward, bassist Geezer Butler and vocalist Ozzy Osbourne were the band’s original members
The band helped define the genre with releases such as Black Sabbath (1970), Paranoid (1970), and Master of Reality (1971)
“Hell of a Life” is a song from Kanye’s fifth studio album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010)
The track takes inspiration from “Iron Man”, a song by Black Sabbath from their second studio album “Paranoid”, which is also sampled on the song
4. The Turtles
The Turtles are an American rock band led by vocalists Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman
The band had several hits in the 1960’s including their version of Bob Dylan’s “It Ain’t Me Babe” and their best-known hit song “Happy Together”
On the song “Gorgeous”, Kanye recreates these 60’s sounds as a garage-rock anthem driving his song forward
West used elements of The Turtles’s cover version of the song “You Showed Me”
3. Steely Dan
During the recording of West’s 2010 “Graduation”, Kanye wanted to use a piece of the Steely Dan track for the song “Champion”
“Walter and I listened to it,” said Fagen (Steely Dan’s Lead Vocals). “And although we’d love some of the income, neither of us particularly liked what he had done with it.”
West reached out with a handwritten letter explaining what “Champion” meant to him personally — specifically, that it helped tell the story of his complicated relationship with his father
“I wrote a letter to Donald Fagen and explained to him the importance of this song to me, and of expressing these feelings to my father. I think it’s what made the difference in getting the sample cleared”
In the end, although Fagen admitted that he and Becker may have been moved by West’s appeal, they still weren’t huge fans of what Kanye did with their song
2. Paul McCartney
“We just went in and we vibed out,” said Kanye West. “As you can see, I might be a little bit more ‘angst’ than Paul. And remember the last time when Paul had somebody really ‘angst’ working with him, the type of music they made?”
This was the way that Kanye West described his first interaction in the studio with Paul Mccartney, the legendary member of The Beatles
When Kanye said Paul McCartney used to work with somebody really “angst”, he was referring to John Lennon
Kanye and Paul ended up recording the songs “All Day”, “Only One” and the hit single “FourFiveSeconds” with Rihanna
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Elton John
Elton John’s influence is felt on different songs from Kanye’s discography
On the song “Good Morning” (2007), West samples “Someone Saved My Life Tonight” by the English singer and pianist
One year before, Elton John had professed a desire to work with West during a Rolling Stone interview
They were finally able to collaborate in 2010, when Elton John played and sang on Kanye West’s “All of the Lights”

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