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Can’t Tell Him Nothing

By January 27th, 202144 Comments
via Around the Way Curls

He May Be A Complex Man But He’s A Genius.

CN Says:

I concur.

Hubby and I just spent the last 20 minutes starting and stopping this vid trying to guess the songs before the reveal, and we’ll probably spend the next 20 on iTunes. HUGE Kanye fans over here…

What about you?


  • cali_orchid says:

    i love kanye! i put this video on every social networking site im on! lol

  • aWickedRose says:

    So I guess Nothing Lasts Forever by Maroon 5 also sampled from the song that they gave for Heard 'Em Say?

  • Anonymous says:


  • DecemberPumpkin says:

    not a huge fan of his music

  • Sanni says:

    is anything original anymore?

  • felicia says:

    I am a HUGE Kanye fan even though he may have some questionable moments–you can't deny the many is brillant!

  • Elaine D. says:

    oh Kanye!

  • Anonymous says:

    well said Denise

  • Anonymous says:

    I am a huge Kanye West fan (even through his coonery). But here I was thinking everything and i do mean everything he made was Original and not "sampled". This almost broke my heart. lol. Sampling to me is NOT original. But what makes him great lyricist is his word play. Now that's smthg to talk about.

  • Spokenheart says:

    Kanye is a genius! that much is true!

  • luvnM3naturally says:

    'Spirit In the Dark'! Who knew? Wide range of musical taste and interest. Kanye West you either love him or you hate….I <3 him! (I'm talking about his music, of course.)

  • Anonymous says:

    Liked it! I'm a huge Kanye fan!

  • Micheal says:

    *testing testing, is this thing on?* Kanye is magnificent!!!!!! *drops mike and walks out*

  • Anonymous says:

    Wow…I loved that! Mr. West is a genius indeed…all geniuses are complicated and some are tortured. I wish it wasn't at his expense, that's the way it goes…the result is always, always beautiful music.

  • Anonymous says:

    I honestly am a fan of Kanye's music not his ego of course. I personally do not see him sampling as bad thing. If anything I see at as him showing respect to these artists that came before them. Like the saying goes "If it ain't broke don't break it!" I am pretty sure the artists that he sampled don't have any hard feelings towards him so why should we.

  • Devon says:

    Man, that boy good, he good, lol:) Genius at his best always!

  • Anonymous says:

    Not a huge fan of Kanye West! But I definately DIG some of his music! At the moment, I'm really LOVING his collabo with Jay-Z Ni**az in Paris! Bomb Beats!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    That woke me up at work (cause I was about to fall asleep at my work bench)..It's amazing how songs you would have never thought or listen to can be use to create some of the top hits today. Now.. I will say (like April)I prefer his older albums over the newer one. to me, it had more lyrical content, like you can tell he was progressing to be become famous. Now that he is, he kinda fell or hit a plateau.

  • Anonymous says:

    Thank you for posting this – Kanye is my MAN! Love, love, love him! Love his music, creativity and drive. As for his eccentricities – I alternate between wanting to give him a hug and smacking him lovingly in the back of the head. He's beautifully human – we all are, including the people who want to judge him.

  • Katrina A says:

    I will admit that I do think Kanye is talented but for my own personal taste, I feel like I could take him or leave him.

    P.S. LOL @Grace C.!

  • TyaD says:

    Hmmm….maybe if he wasn't so conceited. Humility turns me on…not haughtiness!

  • Grace C. says:

    I love Kanye!
    I want an afro as big as his ego!

  • April says:

    I'm kind of disappointed that he sampled that many songs. But then I remember that there's a difference or at least for a long time there's been a difference between what a musician does, and what a producer does. I like a lot of his older songs, but not so much any that's been out recently. His lyrical talent has waned for me.

  • I Am Your People says:

    Sampling introduces the younger generation to music they never knew, and helps pay some of these artists bills. As long as there's a new spin and some original lyrics – I love it!

  • Erin says:

    I can't see how sampling "everyone under the sun" could possibly be a bad thing. There's nothing wrong with branching out of the James Brown/Jackson 5/George Clinton box.

  • Anonymous says:

    Kanye West is a genius. Yes, many of his beats are sampled but it takes a keen ear for music to dissect these classics and make it something new and fresh. Or maybe I'm biased, Chi city! lol I love his music but hate his personality.

  • Anonymous says:

    I'm not sure about him being a genius or if he's really that complex (who doesn't know at least one brotha with a giant ego? lol after all, you kinda need one to rise to the top)…but his beats are some of the best in hip-hop.

  • Anonymous says:

    yes luciana yes! beautifully stated

  • Luciana Bell says:

    What he is, is a man who was educated in many different ways by a very highly, self-esteemed, educated woman. Benjamin Franklin didn't invent lighting (GOD made that) but he sampled a few things and found that he can get electricity! And we all call him genius. Even though Kanye have his flaws, you can't take away his knowledge which gives him the ability to hear something in each sampled song he has taken and make his even better.

    If we can't use what our ancestors left behind for us then what did they fight for? Everything we have in this world have been recycled so my hat goes off to Kanye to even have the human knowledge and ability as well as smarts to even go outside of his genre and find all of these samples. I'm in my middle 30's with a huge family musical background and a few of these I didn't know, but most I do and I was amazed to even realize how similar his sound was with just a little twist of his own bit of "genius"!

    I see him in a new light, even if he is annoying at times…lol Thanks for the sample and I hope I don't offend anyone, if we didn't have different views we would be so boring and the same and still have something to complain about…lol

  • Anonymous says:

    thank you denise! you said it perfectly. music has been imitated for years it didn't just start with our generation. i hate when older people say things like "music has gone to the dogs"……it simply hasn't. there are great artists today and kanye is one of them

  • Denise says:

    LOL geez, yall. People have been using other people's stuff as inspiration for many decades–it's just a whole lot easier to track now with computers and the internet. But that how music evolves..somebody hears something, they use it, and interpret it in their own way.

    If you're not into rap, then you won't get it. But don't discount it as not being "music"…it's just not music that you like. Some people aren't into natural hair–that doesn't mean it's not beautiful. =)

    In any case, I really just wanted to comment on the lady getting jiggy with it at 4:50…she was getting it! lol I like Kanye's music, and I wasn't aware of some of these samples! I'm proud at myself for knowing a lot of them, though. lol

  • KJ says:

    AMAZING!!!! My husband is into all types of music. I can't wait to show his this video. I am a big Kanye fan, I remember seeing him as an opening act. Man, how time flies.

  • Anonymous says:

    I don't get it. Definitely a generation gap for me. I like some of his music but this thing here NADA.

  • Anonymous says:

    When sampling everyone under the sun is labeled "genius" we know our music has gone to the dogs! – T

  • Jeannette says:

    Also, basing this by the comments pro and con him being a Genius, it may be a sign of our generation gaps.

  • Erin says:

    I love Kanye's music, but I'd hate to be stuck in an elevator with him. I've got nothing against sampling, but that might be because I suck at drawing, but rock at collage.

  • Jeannette says:

    I know of him but Genius…I don't know about that but hey, to each his own. I do wish him ALL the best.

  • Chicago in the House says:

    Sampling is genius?…seems like a lack of creativity and the inability to birth and leave one's own musical mark. His sampling is akin to recycling plastic bottles to produce more plastic bottles.

  • DiJah says:

    He's a genius! #ThatIsAll.

    He ran down a list of the samples he used @ Coachella, either last yr or the yr before, can't remember, but it was pretty dope

  • ThatsDrKJHtoYOU says:

    I loveeeee Kanye lol. Saw him at Essence Music Festival '08, been a fan ever since. He's outrageous, crazy, arrogant, etc, and that's why I like em. *kanye shrug* lol.

  • Anonymous says:

    Not a fan!

  • Anonymous says:

    He's complex BECAUSE he's a genius. I love Kanye!!

  • Anonymous says:

    Kanye is definitely a talented producer and rapper. But I wouldn't label him Genius. Stevie Wonder is a Genius…or even some of the musicians he "borrowed" from like Elton John. Sampling music originally written and composed by other artists is nothing new or unique (e.g., P. Diddy). But gets a lot of credit for his "out of the box" music choices and very creative production skills.

  • Anonymous says:

    There's also a video with the samples from his last album. I need to make this a playlist for real.

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