In the words of Kanye West, “you may be talented, but you’re not Kanye West.” And he’s not wrong. If you’re like me, you likely feel that Kanye West is the voice of our generation. Or, at least a voice of a generation. He has a big personality, and he refuses to be ignored. I’m pretty sure that he’s actually the reason why Taylor Swift became famous, but you didn’t hear that from me. Even if you hate the dude, you have to admit that he has talent, style, and a major influence in today’s pop culture. Kanye’s music permeates all aspects of our lives, and I’m going to argue that his music even represents our concentrations here at Brown.
Economics or Applied Mathematics (or, even better, both): Gold Digger
If you’re concentrating in econ or APMA, you’re probably on the road to making the big bucks. I’m not (necessarily) saying you’re a gold digger, but you ain’t messin’ with no humanities concentrations… Let’s face it: you put the gold in Goldman Sachs.
Computer Science: Stronger
If you’re a CS concentrator, I salute you. If you can survive these four years, you can survive anything. Personally, the idea of coding until 2 am on a nightly basis sounds deadly, but in the wise words of Mr. West, “that that don’t kill me can only make me stronger.”
TAPS: Flashing Lights
Let’s face it: you love being in the spotlight. You’re probably a little quirky and also hate this post because you want to argue that you would be better defined by a song from Dear Evan Hanson.
History: I Love Kanye
I’m not saying you’re stuck in the past, but you probably “miss the old Kanye” (but I mean, who doesn’t?). It’s tempting to look to the past with nostalgia, but, hey, we gotta make the best of what we have now and try to learn from past mistakes – which is why I stopped watching horror films at night with the lights off (so many regrets).
Gender and Sexuality Studies: Power
Any feminist would agree that “no one man should have all that power,” and if you’re a Gender and Sexuality Studies concentrator, you’re definitely an advocate for women’s rights. In this song, Kanye West feels like a powerful man. I’d like to see my #GirlPower advocates knock him down a few pegs.
BEO: School Spirit
If you’re a BEO concentrator, you probably like to have fun. You never miss a Whiskey Wednesday, you dabble in darties, and you might even go to more than one football game a year (that is, if you’re not on the team). Regardless, you definitely embody the type of school spirit that Kanye references in this anthem.
English: Bound 2
As an English concentrator myself, I chose this song not only because the lyrics are pure poetry (and because Kim looks like an absolute goddess in the music video), but because we English majors are definitely “bound to fall in love.” Whether you’re googly-eyed over your Love Stories professor, or simply inspired by the many(!) books you’ve read about love, you’re undoubtedly a hopeless romantic. Maybe one day, if you’re as lucky as Kimye, you’ll find your perfect match.
Undecided: All Falls Down
If you haven’t decided on your concentration, this song says it all. The woman that Kanye describes in this song “has no idea what she’s doin’ in college.” The concentration she thought she wanted to focus on apparently “makes no money,” so she really can’t decide what to study. But if you’re still undecided, don’t fret! It might take some time, but you’ll eventually figure it out. And if you don’t, you could always stay at Brown and maintain all those huge tents the administration loves to put on the quads so much.