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Well, it wouldn't have been as accepted, because none of the Kanye faithful would have hopped on it so quickly, but it wouldn't have been too poorly received because 2003/4 was Pre-T-Pain time, autotube wasn't overused and played out. I'd assume he would gain a fanbase similar to what Cudi kind of has, except a little bit smaller in size, probably a decent career and longevity, but he would never gain the mainstream record sales of say 200,000 in a week guaranteed.
 

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normal, although it would not be recognized as a rapper, not give him many fans, 808 was an experimental album that paid off thank god ... but otherwise I do not think that is gone so far with this album without his name and famous
 

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Pinhead Larry said:
Well, it wouldn't have been as accepted, because none of the Kanye faithful would have hopped on it so quickly, but it wouldn't have been too poorly received because 2003/4 was Pre-T-Pain time, autotube wasn't overused and played out. I'd assume he would gain a fanbase similar to what Cudi kind of has, except a little bit smaller in size, probably a decent career and longevity, but he would never gain the mainstream record sales of say 200,000 in a week guaranteed.
 

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Mmm although I credit Flashing Lights as the song that made me a fan of his as a rapper... Jesus Walks is one of the most important songs I ever heard and I'm not even Christian. I just couldn't get over how a well-crafted song about religion was getting plays on the radio.

Also, if 808s came out first I wouldn't have been able to relate to anything on that.

So in short, I highly doubt I'd be a Kanye fan.
 

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I think the Kanye in a parallel universe who released 808s as his debut, is a better musician than the Kanye in our universe.
He'd probably be more inclined to experiment more, and maybe learn an instrument, and be less reliant on samples.

 
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