You make some interesting points but to be clear I wasn't saying that Kanye isn't a talented hip- hop/ r+b producer. Merely that he's miles off making the best musician of all time list. Mainly because he's not really a musician in the truest sense of the word. Yep, I just said that.
This article is a bit nerdy but explains his studio processes and techniques- I'm into this stuff so I really enjoyed reading up- cheers for the excuse. The key is that he's a producer, albeit a very talented one. He uses other people to actually play the music and mix the tracks. A quote from the article- "Kanye's a knob-turner — he knows what he's looking for and even though he doesn't necessarily know how to get there, he stays at it until he does."
Fair enough but in comparison to say..Prince..(completely off the top of my head!) someone who, like him or not, definitely does make the G(M)OAT list that's a pretty basic process. On the whole Prince composed each and every track in his head and recorded them in one day, playing all the instrument (except horns) then mixing and mastering the tracks. For me that's more musical than knob twiddling....so to speak! I'm not saying one is better than the other, well, I pretty much am actually, but when we're talking about pure musicianship there's no contest.
Lastly, you may have misinterpreted what I said about experimenting with technology, probably because I didn't explain it very well at all. Firstly, I'm not some dinosaur harking back to analogue glory days. Like Kanye, I use Pro-Tools, (well actually I use Logic at home, which accounts for most of my personal recording) so I know the advantages of using Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs). I didn't say that making music is easier now, but it is undoubtedly easier to record and produce. It's great being able to dial in any effect instantly and lay down 300 tracks if you want, but IMO something gets lost when you have the option (safety net??) to change anything at any time. So much music these days is way overproduced for me. I like to hear tracks with personality and spontaneity. I like to hear 'imperfections' as some would call them- it makes the listening experience more intimate and personal- an auditory snapshot in time perhaps.
I'll stop now because I could go on for quite a while and get even more boring, but as I say, that's just me. It takes all sorts- I mean how else can you explain spurs fans.