Ben Sollee Rips Kanye

Ben Sollee Rips Kanye West

Ben Sollee
"Dear Kanye You're letting me down/ No one needs a light show/ just good flows." That's rising star and cello-stud Ben Sollee laying it out on "Dear Kanye," a song released on his MySpace page.

The song is a sharp, funny, intelligent jab at Kanye West, presumably inspired by West's response to his Bonnaroo performance (read what West said here).

Let's just hope this doesn't turn into a rap/folk beef and Kanye doesn't respond with bullets!

Stream or Download "Dear Kanye" on Sollee's MySpace page.

Because this is what folk music is about. Enjoy.

"Dear Kanye"

Dear Kanye You're letting me down
You got the biggest bat in the game
But you can't hit the ball
It's the heavy weight match
And you're off in the corner punchin' at the wall

Dear Kanye
Don't let us fall
You're at the diplomatic dinner
With fine china and all
A silver fork in your hand
But still you spit and gnaw

Greatness is a glass elevator, and so you are, if I recall
So use it make some real change not just advertisements at the mall

No one needs a light show
Just good flows
You don't need a light show
Just good flows

Dear Kanye
Keep icin those knees
And when your paycheck comes
Will you remember your busted screen
Your crown of thorns is sensational
But it's not what makes you bleed

Cause there's a young man
His rhymes set him free
He loves what you do but he can't seem
To shake the septic sanction of the streets
He's reading your blog and all he finds are commercials
For stuff he'll never need

You have a good idea now put some shoes on its feet
And try to make your Loop Dreams a real priority

You don't need a light show
Just good flow
No one needs a light show
Just good flow
You don't need a light show
Just good flow

Dear Kanye
It's time to let go
You've gathered the moss of
More than a dozen sullen stones
People want music on a real stage
Not the one you bring along

Ben Sollee is on tour now, dates available here.

[Published on: 7/10/08]

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orgwell starstarstarstar Thu 7/10/2008 10:29AM
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That. Is. Epic.

MoeString starstarstarstarstar Thu 7/10/2008 10:32AM
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This was much needed. I support this fella, 100%. Well put in song form. Kanye blew it, then made it worse with his 3 year old internet ramblings. He doesnt respect a damn thing, I have been on a Kanye boycott since all this and I didnt even go to 'Roo. (Rothbury was better!)

chaseman starstarstarstarstar Thu 7/10/2008 10:36AM
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Haha that's awesome.

Moestring: How do you know Rothbury was better if you didn't go to Bonnaroo this year? Shut up.

GratefulHokie starstarstarstarstar Thu 7/10/2008 10:36AM
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The final line of the song pretty much sums up Kanye's entire career. Hilariously awesome!

phishluvr starstarstarstar Thu 7/10/2008 10:41AM
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Very nice. Kanye needs to take a chill pill. No wonder he's being asked to attend anger management classes.

MyFavBandIsTheBestYoursSucks starstarstarstarstar Thu 7/10/2008 10:42AM
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Thats good shit. They should have had the Roots in his slot anyways. Fuck Kanye!

discocham Thu 7/10/2008 10:43AM
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I went to both Roo and Roth this year (as well as every other roo). And Roth was way better, much like the 1st Roo.

thedrugsworkgreat Thu 7/10/2008 10:43AM
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They should put Kanye in the Octagon with JB.

SCIRGR84EVS Thu 7/10/2008 11:14AM
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ok this feud is fun and all. but this line - "Let's just hope Kanye doesn't respond with bullets!" - completely and totally inappropriate, and should be removed in a timely fashion.

NickBoeka Thu 7/10/2008 11:24AM
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^ agreed, bullets comment is pretty distasteful....don't add fuel to fire, just report it.

thedrugsworkgreat starstarstarstarstar Thu 7/10/2008 11:26AM
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I got news for you SCIGR84EVS...The world of hip hop isn't all hula hoops and fairy wings and molly-induced backrubs... Ever hear of a fella named Tupac? Notorious B.I.G.? Fitty Cent? Yeah...that's what I thought.

bear22 Thu 7/10/2008 11:29AM
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i like the sentiment. stupid song though - and light shows are pretty cool.

rainydaywomen420 starstarstarstar Thu 7/10/2008 11:40AM
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i have to admit this is a clever little ditty coming from a mind with a real sense of talent and passion. Although my only request would be that peolple would stop giving him any kind of attention, good or bad, cause thats really the only thing he has sought from the very beginning. pay no mind to the mindless.

gmoo Thu 7/10/2008 11:49AM
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Seriously jambase? Another Kanye article? Get a life people.

crescentvale starstarstarstarstar Thu 7/10/2008 11:51AM
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I JUST BROKE MY MAC BOOK AIR!!1 SQUID BRAINS, I love this song, Kanye Sucks.

HoodooVoodoo Thu 7/10/2008 11:52AM
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PooDolla Thu 7/10/2008 11:55AM
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I wonder if Kanye has listened to this song himself. I'm sure he will be blogging about it and whining like the little bitch that he is. Fuck Kanye! I wish that he would stop coming up on Jambase because it is never good news when it come to him. Although it is pretty fun talkin shit on him.

Foo (gravity A) star Thu 7/10/2008 12:45PM
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Foo (gravity A)

ALL of this is retarded.

Flat5 Thu 7/10/2008 01:13PM
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"Greatness is a glass elevator" wow, gay

this guy is taking this all too seriously, what a douche bag

all least make your song funny, dude


delaneyira star Thu 7/10/2008 01:22PM
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Dont remove the bullets comment. Stop being such a pussy. Kanye is a bitch and this other guy is a cello-folk musician. No one is getting shot. I thought that line was pretty damned funny. Have a sense of humor, lose it and people start shooting for real. Im sure kanye is probably in his ninjar tutle pajamas, like the little boy he is, pouting at how the whole world is against him. He is probably reading these comments. He is a pathetic little boy in an adults body.

This guy who wrote this little rap on the other hand is quite witty and creative. He even shows a little respect to kanye, hes pretty much saying, "alot of people like your raps, so stop bitching about your gay lights" Personally i dont like listening to shoe commercials, consequently i dispise kanye because thats all he is, a glorified clothing advertizing. Even in his pathetic rant, about how the fans are ungrateful that he wasted everyones time so he could have his lame ass light show, had a reference to consumer products. I mean for fucks sake, were not even dealing with a real human here, he would more accurately be described as a biological mind slave of the fasion industry. Think of a homosexual terminator. Thats pretty much what were dealing with, a walking talking robotic advertisement. I hope when he walks out the door today he steps in a huge pile of shit and ruins his tacky, gaudy shoes.


daveapaug starstarstar Thu 7/10/2008 01:32PM
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Lord-K. starstarstarstarstar Thu 7/10/2008 01:47PM
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Ummm why are you hating on ROTHBURY? It isn't even mentioned in this article.....sounds like someone is a little pissed b/c they missed the best festival of this year

chidodger Thu 7/10/2008 02:10PM
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Funny. I hope Kanye takes this really seriously to the point he is forced to raise his ticket prices over emotional and airport-knee pain. As for the guy hating on Rothbury, dude, Don't be jealous and hate only because YOU MISSED THE BEST FESTIVAL EVER. Don't know what will happen with Roth over the next 5 years, but right now, in my opinion, IT IS THE BEST FESTIVAL IN THE USA. GOD, what a great weekend!!!! fuck kanye, also.

jurawa starstarstar Thu 7/10/2008 02:37PM
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Kanye's Bonnaroo performance was the worst show ive ever seen. ever.

dordo212 Thu 7/10/2008 02:51PM
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hey chidodger, is that daryl strawberry? Im going to see him golf at the tahoe tourney this weekend, Im gonna have him sign my gooden jersey, pea's of a pod those two

cjcuster Thu 7/10/2008 02:56PM
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Once again, a folk musician verbalizing the thoughts of a mass audience of people...Sollee isn't trying to piss Kanye off, he's just following in the footsteps of other great fold artists before him.

I do agree that the bullets comment should be removed...Although I dislike Kanye as a person, there is no denying his talent as far as his albums go. Of course every one is upset at his antics at Bonnaroo. He is an arrogant individual, but a record breaking Hip-Hop artist, which seems to be the new trend with popular Hip-Hip.

Thank you Ben Sollee for sticking to the roots of writing folk music. It is greatly appreciated.

SCIRGR84EVS Thu 7/10/2008 03:49PM
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thanks folks for letting me know that no one is going to get shot. its still a stupid line. first off, it lumps kanye in a category that he surely doesnt belong in. second, it trivializes the shooting deaths of any number of great rappers from the aforementioned biggie and pac to JMJ and Pimp C. third, its just plain ignorant anyway you slice it to suggest (even in jest) that bullets would be the man's response to something silly like Ben's poem. the edit you made still totally misses it too. i know this is jambase not Atlantic Monthly but still, your words take on new meaning when they're published in any public forum, and in the future folks should be mindful of perpetuating stupid and inherently racist stereotypes and making light-hearted remarks about gun violence. is it really worth it to publish something so stupid just to give dumbasses like delaneyira et al a cheap laugh?

absolutevonnegut Thu 7/10/2008 04:31PM
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I was at Rothbury and Bonnaroo, and don't understand all the love. Bonnaroo was 10x better. Best fest in the world=Bonnaroo.

moecheeseplease Thu 7/10/2008 04:57PM
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the bullets comment is very very racist.

jhrt3349 Thu 7/10/2008 05:33PM
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jhrt3349 Thu 7/10/2008 05:35PM
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And also... why do you need to publish countless stories about Kayne screwing up at Bonnaroo? How about you start bringing news that is actually interesting to the music world and not "mainstream" to pick up web-traffic.

chidodger Thu 7/10/2008 05:40PM
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Bullets arn't racists, George Bush and Kanye West are.

chidodger Thu 7/10/2008 05:46PM
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Really, though. You guys are making way tooo much out of that comment about the bullets, don't forget it's all over a funny "parody" song. also, to DORDO, that's not Daryl Strawberry, that's me dude, and I won't be golfing in Tahoe this weekend.

uhoh Thu 7/10/2008 05:55PM
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who cares

PhatBoyRy Thu 7/10/2008 06:24PM
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It's alright, I don't care about this article i thought it was funny rothbury vs. bonnaroo got brought up and just wanted to add to it. i will be waving my testicles in the air screaming i was at the first rothbury festival next year and for years to come.

danpfunk Thu 7/10/2008 08:26PM
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Kanye sucks, therefore Bonnaroo sucked. My fest is better than your fest!!

EVILFUNK Fri 7/11/2008 02:53AM
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whos fucking idea was it to have big cheesey pop acts at bonnapoo any way? for a fraction of the resources it must have took to get kanye they could have brought anyone. think about it.

i was impressed when i saw k speak the truth about bush. he obviously deserves respect for doing so but thats no excuse to make us listen to his awful music.

what was anyone thinking?

Andrew starstarstar Fri 7/11/2008 05:11AM
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Take the bullets comment down.

tommont starstarstarstarstar Sun 11/16/2008 01:50AM
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agreed re taking the bullets comment down. w/ a little more thought the writer on this one could have realized that in the first place, parody and humor are great but this was a bit low class for jambase. as for kanye i respect his rhymes and production and i like some of his joints but at the same time, yeah, what a punk ass. by now you've heard about his latest escapades. what a dick. much like john elway or roger clemens i pro sports i can differentiate the two, admire his talent but recognize that he is a punk ass fool. why not use your fame and fortune to speak some real truths about what is going on in the world, kanye, lose some of that ego. nonetheless fun read and some funny ass comments on here. fine and clever work by this Ben Sollee. thanks for having this up, jambase.