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Before Kanye came up, mainstream rap was run exclusively for faster rap from people from the ghetto. He was the first middle class rap star, and he spoke about issues that people from outside the ghetto could relate. Suddenly it was ok to talk about stuff other than gangsta shit. A couple of years later, he released 808's & Heartbreak, an album more melodic than anything else hitting mainstream, with very minimal and overall sad feeling. Most rap fans agree that Drake wouldn't have had that big of a hit if 808's didn't paved the way.
Honestly you can see Kanye's influence in almost every current big name: Kendrick, Cole, Joey, Krit, Chance... all were Kanye fans before they became successful, each getting more influence from one of Kanye's styles.
TL;DR: show it was ok to be middle class and emotional.