Kanye West – All of the Lights/Violent Crimes (Tab)

Kanye West – All of the Lights (Interlude)/Violent Crimes (Tab)

In these divided times it’s comforting to know that Kanye lovers and Kanye haters can unite in hating Kanye.

Like James Brown and Duke Ellington, one of Kanye’s under-appreciated skills is finding talented collaborators and pushing them to make their best work. For the first piece in this little medley, he worked with arranger Rosie Danvers. Who until that point had mostly worked with British artists and recently worked on Dave’s showstopping performance at the BRITS.

Kanye had a whole raft of collaborators on Violent Crimes (including an unexpected writing credit for the drummer form Pond). But the standout collaborator here is 070 Shake who was signed to Kanye’s label from nowhere and was immediately phenomenal on this album.

The two songs tackle the subject of loss of innocence in two different ways. Lyrically and musically. All of the Lights uses basic chords and a simple, emotional melody. Violent Crimes uses a maze of complex jazz chords. But I think they work together very nicely.


Violent Crimes on Amazon
All of the Lights (Interlude) on Amazon
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