Why I Prefer Jay-Z To Kanye West
I am a huge music fan, and rap is my favorite genre. I know that people claim that classic rap from the 80s is the best, but I am certainly into more recent artists. Jay-Z and Kanye West are two rappers I enjoy. With that said, I certainly prefer Jay-Z. Here are several reasons that this is the case.
One thing that makes me prefer Jay-Z is the fact that I like to dance. It is very simple to put on a number of his hits and dance like there is no tomorrow. On the other hand, Kanye tries to be so deep that some of his music is far from anything people can enjoy whole dancing the night away. There are a couple that you can move to, like “Heartless” and “Stronger,” but most of them are for sitting around in deep thought.
While this should probably have nothing to do with my opinion of the music, I really take issue with Kanye’s personality. He has this eccentric, tortured artist vibe and I find it very odd. I understand that he lost his mom unexpectedly several years back, but watching someone walk around presenting themselves this way is strange. As far as I can tell, Jay-Z has his head on straight, and I believe that a large amount of his music reflects that.
Beats mean everything to a great song, and I believe Jay-Z has Kanye beat by far. I swear I can listen to “Renegade,” “Brooklyn Go Hard” and “Trouble” on repeat for days. None of those are songs I would dance to, but I can always put them in and go into deep thought. I need that sometimes to stay grounded, so I really appreciate Jay-Z for offering me that.
There are some songs that bring you back to a certain point in your life. I believe that Jay-Z’s music does this for me more often than Kanye. This is probably because he has been releasing albums for longer than Kanye has. I only know of one or two Kanye tracks that remind me of another time, yet there are at least 10 Jay-Z tracks I can think of that do this for me.
Confidence means everything when making music, and Jay-Z has plenty of that. At the same time, he knows how to be humble and continue making music that his audience will like. I feel like Kanye is overly confident and he feels like he can make any type of music he wants because he is some type of god that should be revered by fans. I will take Jay-Z’s cool confidence over Kanye’s unwarranted arrogance any day.
Don’t get me wrong, there are times when I turn on the radio, hear Kanye come out of the speakers and I am pleased. With that said, I experience joy more often when I am listening to Jay-Z. If I really had to choose one, I would choose Mr. Carter or Mr. West any day of the week.
Enough arguing, let’s see them both doing what they do best.