I’m sure most of you by now have give My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy a listen…or ten. I’m going to leave to our own Ray Destroyer to put the Bloglin’s final word on the album (hopefully by tomorrow morning) but I will say I was thoroughly impressed and entertained. It also mad me want to on a Digging For Fire post on Kanye. Let me take you back to a time before Kanye was larger than life and bigger than Hip Hop. Back before he was Yeezy and just The Louis Vuitton Don, a producer riding shotgun to Jay-Z.
Kon the Louis Vuitton Don (along with Get Well Soon and I’m Good…) was one Kanye’s first official unofficial mixtape to start showing up around 2003 after Kanye’s near fatal car accident. While most of these were mainly promotional push (like G.O.O.D. Fridays) for his upcoming solo debut, The College Drop Out, they were also meant a s a means to have Hip Hop fans grow more accustomed to Kanye West the rapper, and not just the producer. Up until then for the casual fan, “Through the Wire,” Twista’s “Slow Jamz” and that excellent remix of Talib Kweli’s “Get By” were probably Kanye’s only forays into emceeing they may have heard.
Kon the Louis Vuitton Don is full of remixes, freestyles, at the time unreleased tracks and familiar tracks featuring the likes of Ol Dirty Bastard, 50 cent, Jay-Z, Consequence, GLC and a whole host of other guests. These tracks are all part of the push that helped create Kanye West, the Pop Star and move him away from merely being known as “Jay-Z’s producer.”
This as it’s a pretty great mixtape on it’s own, but the real reason I through it up here is because it serves as a great way yo examine who Kanye West was and now is on the eve the release of what I’m fairly certain will become known as his definitive album. Enjoy!