Kanye West has become so widely recognized for his musical accomplishments that it's difficult to imagine a time when he was only starting to gain ground. Though The College Dropout is held in high esteem to this day, Late Registration played a major role in proving that Kanye was one of the game's most exciting and creative young minds. Lined with classic songs through and through, "Gone" continues to endure as one of his earliest musical triumphs, a song that stood for years as Ye's "magnum opus."
With today being Yeezy's 43rd birthday, it feels appropriate to reexamine one of his finest songs. Clocking in at nearly six minutes, "Gone" serves as a capsule of a classic Roc-A-Fella era thanks to an effortless appearance from Cam'ron, as well as longtime Yeezy associate Consequence. And while both assisting parties certainly bring their A-Game, it's Kanye who shines as the standout presence, becoming one with his lush, soulful, and orchestral production with two elite verses. Particularly his closing statement, which feels like a mic-drop moment for an emcee carrying a perpetual chip on his shoulder.
Happy birthday Kanye West, and for those looking to celebrate the man's legacy, look no further than one of his earliest classics in "Gone." Do you feel it still holds a place among his top songs?
I'ma open up a store for aspiring MCs
Won't sell em no dream, but the inspiration is free
But if they ever flip sides like Anakin
You'll sell everything including the mannequin
They got a new bitch now you Jennifer Aniston
Hold on I'll handle it, don't start panickin', stay calm
Shorties at the door 'cause they need more
Inspiration for they life, they souls, and they songs
They said, "Sorry, Mr. West is gone"