Chicago Style Graduation
Last night I decided to go back through Kanye’s older discography, for reasons that are beyond me, but I found myself hooked on Graduation. I’ve listened to the album prior a few times and listen to songs from it here and there but this listen in particular really hit me. Being born, raised, and currently living in Chicago I realized that Graduation feels uniquely Chicago. If you’ve never spent at least a few nights here it’s hard to accurately explain but the soulful, vibrant, and freeing sound woven throughout Graduation is exactly what Chicago is to me. The typical depiction of Chicago in Kollege Kidd comments and one off drill music depicts it as a savage war zone with impoverished denizens (although that is partially true), Chicago is so much more. Flashing Lights reminds me of driving through Downtown and experiencing the soft glow of the surrounding buildings. Big Brother reminds me of going out on night trips with my own brother and I Wonder reminds me of heading home down Lakeshore Drive looking at the purplish glow reflecting on the sky and lake with the picturesque silhouette of Navy Pierre in the background. Graduation is a beautiful album and I think it being Kanye’s last hoorah before immersing into California life is poetic. A truly beautiful album that reps the beautiful city its mastermind was spawned from.
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