Through The Wire: The Words and Lyrics of Kanye West

Browsing the recent acquisitions shelves in my library branch, I came across this book. About the size of a children’s picture book Through The Wire contains the lyrics of Hip-Hop star Kanye West. In addition to the lyrics of 12 songs are Kanye’s reminisces about his life growing up, explanations for the meanings of his words, and events that were happening at the time of the song. We get a glimpse of how Kanye got his start in the music business and a bit of how he sees the world.
The book jacket describes this as a graphic memoir using the songs to tell a story. I’m familiar with all of the songs. I had Kanye on heavy rotation in undergrad, but I was more interested in his comments for each song. I enjoyed those the most and would have liked to see more. Bill Plympton provides illustrations for each of the songs.

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