kanye used to sign people that his music sorta became to be(outside of big sean. that comes off like a little brother situation since he was the first one or at least one of the firsts)
.he was in his soulful mode so he got common and john legend
.when he was going through his thing with mom/ex fiance and got more electronic he got kid cudi & mr.hudson
now he is doing more southern trap influence stuff so he is messing with 2 chainz,mannie fresh(signed or not)
or i could be reaching like hell on a tuesday
No you are pretty much spot on. And I highly doubt that 5-7 years ago, Kanye would be working with the likes of someone like 2 Chainz. As much as Mercy is a hot song, and there are some solid tracks on Cruel Summer, I feel that Kanye has started to go in the wrong direction with this album and WTT. What made him great was when he produced his OWN songs. Those songs had soul, they had lasting power, they were beautiful musically.
I know you have to evolve as an artist, and I think he did that well over his first five albums, but his last two collaborations have had much less of a Kanye West imprint on them and you can hear it and feel it.
Cruel Summer is a glorified mixtape with some great songs and some terrible songs... I'm hoping he returns to a formula that worked for himself for so many years on his next go around.