Running and Gunning
It used to be about samples and beats when you had DJ's who would spin B-sides at a party and some cat (a MC) would freestyle over it. This is now the age of writing your lyrics down, and laying down production. Sampling is cool, but let it not be so obvious. When you lead a track with a voice over, and make a pattern out of it, it gets old. I like the tracks but I think I like Kanye more when it was a few tracks on a cd with that style. He has put up a whole cd of stolen classics. He has the ability to come up with some catchy stuff if he wanted to. I think he is buying into all of the hype about how creative he is. He doesn't realize all the sound-a-like producers are on to him. Look for the market to be flooded with Blaxploitation themes, and Body and Soul samples in 2004.