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Rappers Sound Better When They’re Broke…Except Kanye

Is it just me or do most rappers just sound waaay better when they’re broke? Think about it, Nas penned his greatest album Illmatic when he was still looking out his project window. The only time Wu-Tang was really able to form like Voltron musically was before C.R.E.A.M. came into the picture. 50 Cent was more exciting when he was out showing MFers how to rob, not teaching them how to stunt.

The only rapper I don’t think this applies to is Kanye. The fatter his wallet gets, the more interesting music he puts out. He’s throwing a 30-piece orchestra behind his beats, recruiting expensive producers like Jon Brion to help him co-produce, using samples that are known to cost a pretty penny (Steely Dan’s “Kid Charlemagne”) filming super over budget videos and putting on elaborate concert experiences.

Like most rappers he likes to spend dough on ridiculously pricey things, but unlike most he knows how to utilize his bank account for the fan’s enjoyment as well, not just to look fly.

Is Ye the only rapper that sounds better with money? Who am I missing? – Jesse Gissen

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