Shuffle Song Of The Day (9/17/18): “Everything I Am” By Kanye West

 

“Everything I Am” is a song by Kanye West from his 2007 album Graduation. Produced by the legendary DJ Premier from Gangstarr, this instrumental was originally meant for fellow Chicago rapper Common, most likely for his 2005 album Be. But as Kanye explains at the beginning of the song, Common decided not to use this beat and gave it Kanye. Graduation was the end of Kanye’s school-themed albums and was filled with a lot of radio hits, but this song is the one that stands out to me. I think I just like the overall message of how it’s easy to wish you could change certain parts of your past, but the truth is that everything you’ve been through has molded you into who you are today. If you changed that, you’d be a completely different person. Sure, sometimes I wish I didn’t have a drinking and gambling problem, but that’s what makes me me. Everything I’m not (A sober person with fiscal responsibility) made me everything I am (A drunk white kid).


LYRICS

Damn, here we go again

Common passed on this beat

I made it to a jam

Now everything I’m not, made me everything I am

Damn, here we go again

People talkin’ shit, but when the shit hit the fan

Everything I’m not, made me everything I am

I’ll never be picture-perfect Beyonce’

Be light as Albi or black as Chauncey

Remember him from blackstreet

He was as black as the street was

I’ll never be as laid back as this beat was

I never could see why people’ll reach a

Fake-ass facade that they couldn’t keep up

Ya see how I creeped up?

Ya see how I played a big role in Chicago like Queen Latifah?

I never rock a mink coat in a winter time like Killa Cam

Or rock some mink boots in the summertime like Will.I.Am

Let me know if you feel it man

Cause everything I’m not, made me everything I am

Damn, here we go again

Everybody sayin’ what’s not for him

Everything I’m not, made me everything I am

Damn, here we go again

People talkin’ shit, but when the shit hit the fan

Everything I’m not, made me everything I am

And I’m back to tear it up

Haters, start your engines

I hear ’em gearin’ up

People talkin’ so much shit about me at barbershops

They forget to get their haircut

Okay fair enough, the streets is flarin’ up

Cause they want gun-talk, or I don’t wear enough

Baggy clothes, Reebok’s, or A-di-dos

Can I add that he do spaz out at his shows

So say goodbye to the N-double-A-C-P award

Goodbye to the India Arie award

They’d rather give me the nigga-please award

But I’ll just take the I-got-a-lot a-cheese award

Damn, here we go again

Everything I’m not, made me everything I am

Damn, here we go again

People talkin’ shit, but when the shit hit the fan

Everything I’m not, made me everything I am

I know that people wouldn’t usually rap this

But I got the facts to back this

Just last year, Chicago had over six hundred caskets

Man, killin’s some wack shit

Oh, I forgot, ‘cept for when niggas is rappin’

Do you know what it feel like when people is passin’?

He got changed over his chains, a block off Ashlin

I need to talk to somebody, pastor

The church want time, so I can’t afford to pay

The slip on the door, cause I can’t afford to stay

My 15 seconds up, but I got more to say

That’s enough Mr. West, please no more today

Damn, here we go again

Everybody sayin’ what’s not for him

But Everything I’m not, made me everything I am

Damn, here we go again

People talkin’ shit, but when the shit hit the fan

Everything I’m not, made me everything I am


Shuffle Songs Of The Day Spotify Playlisthttps://open.spotify.com/user/uktsrm7377738r178iaacxnjz/playlist/5zEvXmKpS7QJmK1jDsf45c?si=l2x6mdihQuW_o4fQKjjwAA

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