The song that I am familiar with and chose for this blog is, Flashing Lights by Kanye West(ft. Dwele). Kanye West is a Rapper, Producer, and Fashion Designer. Kanye is not only one of my favorite rappers/producers, but he is one of the most influential Hip Hop Musicians of all time . He is from Chicago IL., and he first gained recognition as a producer at Roc-A-Fellas Records (in New York). It wasn’t easy, but he had intent on pursuing a rap career. He was able to release his first album which was called the ”College Drop Out”. That album became a commercial success and made him really famous. Until then , Kanye West has released a lot of hit singles/albums and is still one of the biggest rap artist today.
Kanye West is very experimental and diverse with his music. The song Flashing lights comes from one of his known albums called “Graduation”. The bpm(beats per minute) of the song is 90 bpm, slow paced, and the key is in F sharp minor. The instruments consists of violins, synths, and digital drums. The Harmonies of the song gives a consonant sound when the violins are playing smoothly like an orchestra. It then switches to a dissonant sound where the synth stabs are playing. The synth stabs gives a bright loud feeling to the song. The Texture of the song shows a sense of Homophony. The chorus of the song “What – do – I – know; Flashing – Lights!” stands out the most, and it is being accompanied by the synths stabs playing in the background. This song is definitely one of my favorite songs from Kanye. Not only the song has a cool feeling but it also gives an anthemic vibe.