Good Morning

Good Morning

Kanye West

Kanye’s intro to his third album, Graduation, is a wake-up call to himself and the world. It also gives Kanye a chance to show off his polished lyrical abilities.

The song is part of a larger metaphor: The album Graduation is Kanye’s “graduation” in the rap game. “Good Morning” is told as if Kanye is waking up on his Graduation Day, reminiscing about his college days and finally receiving his “rapping degree” in the third verse. The school/college theme is very present throughout the song.

Kanye samples Jay-Z’s “The Ruler’s Back” and Elton John’s “Someone Saved My Life Tonight” (both artists have been featured on one of Kanye’s songs).

On a side note, as if writing and producing this track wasn’t enough, Ye also developed a creative storyline for a video – despite the song never being released as an actual single.

The music video for “Good Morning” is essentially the result of Japanese pop artist Takashi Murakami bringing to life the various designs he had composed for Graduation’s album artwork through the use of cel-shaded animation.