Today, Kanye West’s Grammy award-winning album “Graduation” turns seven. And in honor of the anniversary, we look back at one of the standout tracks from the project: “Homecoming.”
The Chicago native professed his love for the Windy City in an extended metaphor by painting the image of a lost girlfriend, which highlights his lyrical prowess and storytelling ability.
Kanye recruited Coldplay’s lead man, Chris Martin, for the hook and utilized a looped piano to create a love song with soul, a noticeable element that permeated through his first three albums.
Ye explained why the city was so attractive to him with lines like “I met this girl when I was three years old/And what I love most, she had so much soul.” He also mentioned that she (Chicago) can be unforgiving too with the lines “They like to act tough, she like to tow ’em off/And make them straighten out their hat, cause she know they soft.”
The song was creative way of capturing what makes Chicago a great city while also touching on some of its issues.
Keep making that platinum and gold, Kanye.
What was your favorite song off “Graduation” and where would you rank the album among Kanye’s impressive discography? While you think about that, you can watch the video for the song below.