A young Ye playing his best song raw as can be with John Legend on keys before John Legend was even John Legend? Ohhh mama!
This performance is obviously incredible. I know it, you know it, the dancing bear knows it. Catchy as EFF, killer beat, and the lyrics.
This is pre-Drake, pre Kid Cudi, when rappers talked about wealth and women as the end goal. And here we have Kanye talking about how these things are simply to fill the void of insecurity, how he’s so self-conscious he can’t even step outside his house without wearing a pair of nice kicks. And it’s kinda fucked up, and it’s kinda real, and he kinda makes his own self-consciousness cool– which is kinda awesome. And it’s all kinda backed by a catchy-as-fuck beat that even if you aren’t paying any god damn attention to what he’s saying the song rocks. And that is what makes All Falls Down (in my opinion) his biggest accomplishment.
Now here’s your bonus Ye slam Poetry.