The way a lot of ppl turn to jesus for strength, I turn to watching Kanye West interviews or behind-the-scenes videos. This one in particular is my favorite. It’s him working with an orchestra, John Legend, an A-Trak (his DJ at the time) at Abbey Road in the Late Registration era.
At that time, there was no other rapper out there with this level of knowledge in musical arrangement. This is around 2003 or 2004 - you could see here that he thinks beyond the realm of a traditional hiphop artist. This sort of “big picture” / cinematic thinking separates him from so many other artists out there. I get goosebumps watching him direct the orchestra for “Heard Em Say” (1:55).
Wish more people would see this over a 5 second soundbite of him talking.