Yesterday, Complex did Complex things and ranked Kanye West’s albums, as if there’s really any right way to rank Kanye West albums. But they did anyway, and they did a couple things worth scratching your head at:
- They included Cruel Summer, which isn’t really a Kanye West album. He wasn’t on almost half the songs, even though, yes it was his label’s album. (At least it was last on the list.)
- They ranked Late Registration eight out of nine, which, nope. The writer compared it to the albums that came next (which, I guess i get) rather than the impact it had at the time, eight years of producing that led to the perfection that is Late Registration and the impact it had on future artists.
- Which means The Life of Pablo was ranked ahead of Late Registration, which, nope. The argument against LR was that it was “imperfect,” which might be an understatement for TLoP.
- Yeezus is better than The College Dropout????
Chance the Rapper read the list, and, naturally, wondered why he should read the whole thing after seeing Late Registration at No. 8.
How am I supposed to keep reading this after you put Late Registration 2nd to last?? *Tyra Banks’ “We were all rooting for you” gif* https://t.co/Kj3nXRCPjv
— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) January 4, 2017
So Chance took it upon himself to offer his ranking, dropping Cruel Summer because (see above).
I’m going to try my damnedest to not reveal my list and let you all in the c-section debate Complex and Chance. But Chance’s list — with the exception of a couple spots — seems a lot more relatable than Complex.
I’ll leave it with this, though — my list changes with every listen of a Kanye album. But when it settles down, my list looks usually something like this: Late Registration, The College Dropout and My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy are the top three, and their ranks change, and everything else is jumbled at four through eight. But I’ve boiled those down to tiers, and that’s the best I can do.