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Through the Wire: Lyrics and Illuminations

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  78 ratings  ·  11 reviews
This is a rare partnership between two geniuses at the top of their crafts -- Kanye West, who was named "the smartest man in hip-hop" by Time magazine, and Bill Plympton, an Academy Award-nominated animator, cartoonist, and illustrator.

Through the Wire is a graphic memoir that illustrates the lyrics of twelve Kanye West songs to tell his story, from his decision to drop
ebook, 80 pages
Published November 10th 2009 by Atria Books (first published November 4th 2008)
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Jan 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an awesome book for Kanye fans. It lists the lyrics from the "Through The Wire" album and gives the reader a commentary on how Kanye came up with the lyrics for the song(NOTE: Homecoming is about Chicago, not a girl). I read this book by first reading the commentary and listening to the song as I followed the lyrics, and I got a lot out of it. If you wanna gain insight into Kanye West and his music, definitely pick this up ...more
Huma Rashid
Jun 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book is a collection of about twelve Yeezy songs, each one prefaced by some notes about it, basically an abbreviated diary entry about the song. And the illustrations are amazing. A must for any real Ye fan. So glad it's part of my collection now! :D ...more
Apr 22, 2022 rated it it was amazing
This short read surpassed my expectations and was extremely enjoyable. I read this 2009 book due to my love for Kanye West’s discography and deep lyricism. Using illustrations, the book manages to beautifully provide deeper context to Ye’s iconic lyrics. The tone used feels personal and real. Although it only covers Ye’s older songs, the book made me change my perspective on his earlier albums. I would recommend this to any fans of Kanye West who want a better insight on his storylines.
Sep 13, 2015 rated it it was ok
"We all self-conscious I'm just the first to admit it" ("All Falls Down," 27)

To understand Kanye West, look to his music.* That is the message of this book, a sort of memoir through the lens of twelve of his songs' lyrics. Though West's vision has inspired him to build numerous bridges between his music and the world of high art, this is not his best effort. (His best effort to this end would be his short film Runaway.)

In this book, each song's lyrics are given a total of six pages and paired wi
Jan 07, 2014 rated it liked it
My lil brother gave this to me for Christmas. I liked the art a lot, but I wish there was even more information about Kanye's inspiration. I also miss College Dropout/Graduation/Late Registration Kanye. COME BACK KANYE. ...more
Mugren Ohaly
Nov 19, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
An interesting read. Fascinating to read the lyrics, along with their interpretation and influence.
Tyler Bruns
Jan 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
Kanye is a musical genius
Dec 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Being able to read the lyrics and the meaning behind them made me appreciate The College Dropout CD more than I did. Good read.
May 14, 2014 rated it did not like it
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Printing lyrics to 8 or 9 songs and commenting 3 lines to half of them is not what I expected.
Oct 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Thank you Yeezus!
Apr 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
A brief exploration of the meaning behind Kanye's lyrics, written by the man himself. ...more
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Kanye Omari West is an American rapper, record producer, author and singer. He released his debut album The College Dropout in 2004, his second album Late Registration in 2005, his third album Graduation in 2007, and his fourth album 808s and Heartbreak in 2008. His first three and fifth albums (and his fourth to a lesser extent) have received numerous awards and critical acclaim. All have been ve ...more

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