Name modern pop stars that are as good as Paul McCartney, George Harrison, David Bowie, and Freddie Mercury.
I could name at least 50 Kanye songs that have incredible pop appeal and catchiness. They're fun, they're easy to get into, and they're almost infinitely replayable. I dare you to do the same for Mercury or Bowie.
The entire Low album.
The entire Heroes album.
The entire Ziggy album.
The entire Hunky Dory album.
The entire Aladdin Sane album.
The entire Station to Station album.
Meanwhile Kanye has MAYBE MBDTF. Tops.
No. You clearly haven't even listened to most of Kanye's discog if you think MBDTF is the only album with god pop songs. You don't think tracks like Jesus Walks, Through the Wire, or Good Morning are good pop songs? That's plain stupid. Also, most of those albums have plenty of tracks that are forgettable if not even skip worthy.
Well there's no one who measures up to him, period.
I've listened to his entire discography.
The only album that's worthwhile is MBDTF.
>skipping David Bowie tracks
unironically kill yourself, teenager
Just because someone's dead doesn't elevate them to a god status. Stay closed minded, I really don't care, you're the ones missing out on interesting new music.
I'm not even evaluating them on whether they're dead or not. I think Lou Reed's an overrated hack and John Cale is far better. Same with Led Zeppelin and tons of classic shit.
Grow up you fucking kid.
not the anon you're replying to, not gonna insult you, but i think you should expand your horizons, friendo. i concede david bowie is one of the greats, but i'd say kanye is too. not just as a rapper, but as a producer/artist/musician. graduation, college dropout, and late registration aren't immaculate records, but there are a handful of gems on each. graduation probably has the most "pop" songs (good morning, champion, everything i am). and mbdtf is easily one of the greatest albums of the last decade. sonically near-perfect.
I've listened to the entire discography as I already said.
At the end of the day with every album save MBDTF and Yeezus Kanye is an incredibly safe artist, not doing anything really bold or different.
There's no one alive today doing what the classic artists I mentioned in OP did
sorry, i'm gonna call bullshit on this. just because a lot of today's musicians make lazy generic synth pop doesn't establish a cause-and-effect relationship of influence going back to chvrches.
>There's no one alive today doing what the classic artists I mentioned in OP did
so how do you define "good"? scale of appeal? innovation?
also, i would contest that lyrically/subject-matter-wise, college dropout was definitely different as a pop/hip-hop album in the early 2000s, and sonically, 808s and heartbreak, while probably my least favorite record of his, was a step outside of mainstream hip hop.
I just want to feel like the artist really put their all into something.
I get that from Joe the Lion and New Career but I don't get that from All of the Lights. Just doesn't sound bold, doesn't sound creative.
are you referring to his copious use of samples? also, since when is "stealing other people's xyz" a disqualification from being good
also, no matter what song i pick, you could probably find a song that sounds somewhat similar to it, in tone or structure or production—which you could do for pretty much any artist, without veering into harsh electronic shit.
but here, what about "runaway"?
There aren't really that are both extremely popular and also good. The top 40 pop industry has found its blueprint for a hit song and very rarely will something not made for the lowest common denominator break into that. And if it's not played on top 40 stations it's basically obscure these days, and at least probably won't fit OP's criteria.
hm, true, i also don't get that from all of the lights. i get it more from runaway, though. but at the end of the day, you're not gonna get that sense of immediacy and genuineness you get from, say, the vocals on "golden slumbers." if that's the criterion/the kind of thing you're looking for, then i can see why kanye isn't your cup of tea