Kanye West - All Falls Down
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VEVO - Rap & Hip Hop
Music video by Con B performing The Truth. © 2014 Still Hated Ent.
Before the tabloid headlines and the award show antics, Kanye West was an art school dropout who wanted to rap. Not taken seriously as a performer, <a class="" target="" href="http://www.kanyewest.com">West</a> silently worked on his 2004 breakout hit, "All Falls Down," while producing songs for Jay Z. The Grammy-nominated track was off his hugely popular debut record, "The College Dropout." Billboard <a class="" target="" href="http://www.billboard.com/articles/review/5901147/kanye-wests-the-college-dropout-at-10-classic-track-by-track-review">called</a> it a "paradigm-shifting solo LP which would come to influence almost every bit of hip-hop that came after it." The 2004 music <a class="" target="" href="https://screen.yahoo.com/kanye-west-music-videos/falls-down-004651737.html">video</a> is a surprisingly lighthearted take on the rapper, who turns 37 on June 8. The video is shot from his viewpoint as he and his girlfriend, played by "Clueless" star Stacey Dash, arrive at a California airport to catch a flight with piles of Louis Vuitton luggage and stacks of cash. "We all self-conscious, I'm just the first to admit it," he raps as he follows his girlfriend through the gate. Alas, he can't catch a break: His shirt gets covered in mustard, and then he's stopped at security. After several attempts, he finally puts himself inside the X-ray machine. "It seems we living the American dream," West raps. "The people highest up got the lowest self-esteem, the prettiest people do the ugliest things, for the road to riches and diamond rings." West <a class="" target="" href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/16/arts/music/kanye-west-talks-about-his-career-and-album-yeezus.html?pagewanted=all">recalled</a> to the New York Times that when he realized how to make "raps with a message sound cool ... I was able to just write 'All Falls Down' in 15 minutes." Those 15 minutes propelled him to fame. The rapper's Grammy-winning album has sold more than 3 million copies to date. Not bad for a college dropout. — Claudine Zap (@zapkidd)
2Pac's 1995 single "Dear Mama" was dedicated to his mom, Afeni Shakur. "When I was pregnant and in jail, I thought I was going to have the baby and the baby would never be with me," she says in the video. "But I was acquitted a month and three days before Tupac was born. I was real happy. Because I had a son." The track was the most popular song from his best-selling album, "Me Against the World." "I finally understand/ For a woman it ain't easy tryin' to raise a man," raps the artist, who died in 1996. "You always was committed / A poor single mother on welfare, tell me how ya did it / There's no way I can pay you back / But the plan is to show you that I understand / You are appreciated."
Warmer weather can mean only one thing: "Summertime." The 1991 <a href="http://yhoo.it/1nf8hi7">rap</a> from DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince (aka Will Smith) is still a popular song for the season. With a call for "Drums, please!" the music video opens on the two entertainers as they lounge on lawn chairs, sip cold drinks, and run rhymes. "School is out and it's sort of a buzz," Smith raps. "But back then I didn't really know what it was / But now I see what have of this / The way that people respond to summer madness / The weather is hot and girls are dressing less." Smith got his start as a G-rated hip-hop artist and then moved to Los Angeles in 1990 to launch his acting career with a starring role in "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air." His first hit from 1988, "Parents Just Don't Understand," had already scored a Grammy, and was referenced on the show. Still, the East Coast transplant missed Philly during a certain time of year, according to Jeff. "Summertime" was born. "We told the director … we wanted to have a cookout and invite all our family and friends," Jeff <a href="http://www.biography.com/news/songs-of-summer-dj-jazzy-jeff-on-summertime-why-will-smith-misses-rapping#awesm=%7EoEQvnj0bhQqV79">recalled</a>. "We knew everyone in that video. They were either one of our friends or one of our family members." Timed perfectly to debut in June, the track took off. The single, which sampled Kool & the Gang's "Summer Madness," peaked at No. 4 on Billboard's Hot 100 and won a Grammy, the duo's second. The video has more than 4.8 million <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kr0tTbTbmVA&feature=kp">views</a>. Not bad for an easygoing song of summer. — Claudine Zap (@zapkidd)
Music video by Eminem performing Headlights (Explicit). (C) 2014 Aftermath Records
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