Ign'ant Kanye vs. Conscious Kanye

"You looking all thick and sweet/You need a nigga that can give you dick and beats."

Song: "Dreams of Fuckin' Lil Kim" (2003)
Album: Unreleased (2003)
Conscious Or Ign'ant?: Ign'ant

In the lead-up to The College Dropout, "Dreams of Fuckin' Lil Kim" was one of a handful of songs that got people talking about the young and scrappy soul producer from Chicago, Kanye West. By rejoining a theme that had already been touched by Lil Kim (who dreamt of fuckin' an R&B dick) and Biggie (who dreamt of fuckin' an R&B chick), Kanye inserted himself into the big arena of hip-hop conversation, while proving that he was about to make that conversation more casual and irreverent, and thereby, more interesting.

The song's conceit is that the ambitious upstart is willing to trade R&B divas beats for sexual favors. Unlike a lot of rappers, Kanye was not mean-spirited and in comparison to the bombastic songs that followed it, "Dreams" now seems quaint. It's easy to forget that there was a time when Kanye was so short on cash that his beats were his most valuable capital.

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