Quick Hit with Peter Beardsley

“I Wonder” by Kanye West


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Album cover for Kanye West’ “Graduation” released on September 11, 2007. “I Wonder” appears on the album along with 13 other tracks. This uplifting and piano-heavy track is worth the listen.

Peter Beardsley, Staff Writer

Stop stressing about the end of the semester and unwind for the summertime with Kanye West’s “I Wonder.” 

The song features many different genre influences ranging from stadium rock, electronic music, and alternative music. “I Wonder” also has a sample from British artist Labi Siffre. Over the sample, West showcases his soothing and melodic voice. 

The song begins with the soulful piano sample and vocals from Siffre’s “My Song.” As the beat begins to drop, West begins rapping his hopeful lyrics, most notably, “And I’m back on my grind / A psychic read my lifeline / told me in my lifetime my name would help light up the chicago skyline / and that’s why I’m (And I wonder).”

“I Wonder” was originally released in 2007 and is the fourth track on West’s third studio album “Graduation.” Other notable tracks from the album are “Stronger” and “Flashing Lights.” “I Wonder” was certified platinum in late 2020. 

A Genius article discussing the track states, “This song is largely inspired by U2’s ‘City of Blinding Lights,’ which the band often performed at live shows to much applause.” West went on tour with U2 in 2006, and the song inspired him to create stadium anthems. 

Coming off the releases of his two albums “Donda,” which was Grammy nominated this year, and “Donda 2,” West’s life has been spent in the public eye, especially his struggles with mental health. 

From Atlanta, Georgia, Kanye West is one of the most talked about artists of recent times and is known for things other than his music including his fashion line “Yeezy” and his highly publicized relationship with Kim Kardashian. 

So put down your assignments and open your favorite streaming app to listen to “I Wonder” by Kanye West.