Stans: "He's the new Nas."
Haters: "He's the Eeyore of rap, and he puts me to sleep."

The Reality: He is one the most successful rappers to arrive in the past few years, just a tier below Drake and Kendrick. His successe lies in his ability to elaborate on the lane Kanye created. He is the 2013 version of "real hip-hop." He is very aware of "the classics," and it informs his music. Though his music isn't as unusual or original as Kanye's, and he might not have the vision or ambition of Kendrick's, he is a talented rapper and puts convincing emotion behind his songs.