Kanye West “Exposed”!

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mojo-photo-kanyewestred.jpgOkay, I hate when blogs do that, i.e., use cheeky misleading headlines to grab your attention. But a) we need some clicks over here on the Riff and b) that’s what they said. Urb magazine has a link to a homemade video somebody’s put together (YouTube user “Jonay122“?) detailing the sample source for just about every single Kanye West song ever. Now, “exposed” is misleading since, like most hip-hop, Kanye’s use of samples isn’t meant to be a secret, but an open recontextualisation. However, this video extends all the way to the recent 808s and Heartbreak album, which I had thought was just Kanye fooling around on the drum machine, sans samples, but it turns out I’m wrong–it’s chock full of references as well. Either way, even if you’re aware of the source for the robot voices in “Stronger,” this is an interesting (if long–10 minutes!!) video. Ultimately, one comes away from it with the sense that the only thing that’s been exposed about Kanye West is that the dude has a really big record collection. Watch it after the jump.

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