If you're a Kanye fan, you probably know the song Homecoming, a 2007 track that included a cameo by Coldplay's Chris Martin. That song is fine and everything, but the original it borrows from—called Home—is the real gem.
Home is peak young Kanye, rapping over a homemade beat full of warmth and nostalgia and John Legend. It's great production, but the best thing about it is the sweet metaphor Kanye weaves through the track. He poses his hometown, Chicago, as a girl named Windy—whom he ends up leaving to pursue his career:
She never mess with entertainers cause they always leave
She said it felt like they walked and drove on me
Knew I was gang affiliated got on TV and told on me
I guess it's why last winter she got so cold on me
She said, Ye keep making that, keep making that platinum and gold for me
But if you really cared for her
Then you would have never hit the airport and followed your dreams
Sometimes I still talk to her
But when I talk to her it always seem like she talkin bout me
She said you left ya kids and they just like you
They wanna rap and make soul beats just like you
But they just not you
Aww. As Rap Genius explains, the song—which heralds from roughly 2003—was intended for Kanye's first album, College Dropout, but didn't make it onto the final cut because of a leak that sparked a reshuffling of tracks. It's a shame.
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