Kanye West is a perfectionist in the studio, but that drive didn’t come all at once. It was a constant grind to sharpen his skills and he had his own way of doing that.
During a recent episode of the No Jumper podcast, G.O.O.D. Music Swiss Army knife CyHi The Prynce shared a story about Ye about how he brushed up his skills by recreating every Hip Hop album’s beat from the ’90s. EVERY ONE OF THEM.
“Even when he’s doing beats, he’s going through every sample. I heard every album that came out from ’91 to like ’99, he redid every beat on every Hip Hop album ever. He would get the whole Nas album and do Nas album one through 16 — every beat to a T.”
“Everybody who came out before him, he redid their album just to teach himself how to make beats. If he gon’ be that studious with beats, he’s going to be that way with everything. And that’s how I learned you really make sure you win, you have every option on the table.”
Kanye West was driven to prove himself as the best, even before everyone else was aware that he had that opinion of himself. He worked hard and had his own way of digesting so much music to later help him create his own work.
In other Kanye West news, he is still hopeful to someday reconcile with Kim Kardashian, but she still dropped divorce paperwork on him.