Both of the official singles from My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy “Power” and “Runaway” are as far from anything on Hip Hop radio stations as you can get. Kanye is the biggest rap artist in the world right now and so he’ll get on the radio by default, but from what I understand stations aren’t spinning his latest offering as much as previous Yeezy hits. This is the most critically acclaimed album he’s released. One where it’s a near unanimous opinion that this is his masterpiece and mainstream radio is rejecting it. But who cares? This sort of thing seems to matter less and less these days anyway. The least radio play Kanye has ever gotten in his career, and you know what? I couldn’t be happier.
Oh and “Monster” even with it’s inclusion of Hov, Rick Ross and Nicki Minaj(all of whom aren’t unfamiliar with radio play) won’t change things either. Have you seen the damn teaser for the video? It’s the most disturbing, unsettling looking rap video I’ve ever seen. Yes, even more disturbing than “Summer Girls” by LFO. I know, it’s hard to believe right?
Of course if Kanye releases “All Of The Lights”, just strike this blog post from the record. Forget I ever wrote it if you haven’t already.
Oh and while I’m at it, I might as well get all Kanye posting out right now instead of multiple Yeezy posts which focus basically on the same subject. I don’t troll message boards anymore but I was searching and came across a post that went like this(Unedited for your pleasure):
“Yeezy on the other hand will make sure the beat is dope, he changes the pattern of the beats, picks artists to bring out the song NOT cuz their hot & will make him hotter, alters the mood for artists (raekwon, beiber, cyhi da prince, nicki minaj, beyonce, rza, charlie wilson, jay-z), he’s not out to “out-do” niggas on his shit & wont give u an entire album about how much coke, jewels or guns he shot. lets be real here, most artists who use MAD collabos dont do it like Kanye does (even wen Jay tried it w/ the Blueprint 2 creatively that shit was a dud). Hell even wen yeezy did the autotune that shit was hotter than most niggas albums.
Its one thing to have collabos but got dayum do it & be creative w/ it atleast. switch it up, play w/ the beats, select good artists for the song NOT for ur career. These days niggas just throw on a beat, get wayne on it or his whole posse & package it as a “street song” while some ass of a DJ is shouting out 100 shit on there n u cant even hear the track or feel it. No thanks. When Ye do it he does it w/ class & finesse. Nigga is like a conductor or Maestro. How many ppl bought a DJ Khaled album & could play it till their tape popped ? how many niggas bought a Luda or Diddy album & had 10+ pages in a thread on how hot that shit was production-wise, lyrically, breaking down what niggas said in the song & having arguments over who had the best verse ? How many niggas did that & brought u something new ? bridging the gaps w/ Justin Beiber, G-Unit or had u searching Youtube for Cyhi Da Prince & Pusha T tracks….
ok then…. I REST MY CASE SMH.”
Now that’s a quote! I agree with this guy 100% and would make the exact same argument. Okay, I would’ve changed a few words here and there. Cleaned up my punctuation and grammer a tad but I’m with this dude completely.
Starting some weeks ago, Kanye announced G.O.O.D. Fridays in which he released a new song available for download every friday until Christmas. I loved the cover art for the singles so much I’ve compiled them here. I’ll continue to add upcoming artwork to this post as they come out. I know it isn’t New Years yet but I’m gonna make an early resolution for 2011 and that is try to go five posts without having one be about Kanye West.(Right now it’s tough as his album is coming out in two weeks you see)
Sure he cites the usual suspects. Jay-Z and Kanye seem like the obvious “politician” answer but this man could be our next president. I never thought that in my life we would see a potential candidate for presidency of the United States of America listen to Hip Hop. That’s worlds colliding at the highest level. Now if he had said he listened to Only Built 4 Cuban Linx and/or Hell Hath No Fury, I would be out campaigning right now.
I voted in the last two elections and lost both times. Let’s hope that the third times a charm.
I hate posting so many videos in succession. I don’t ever want this to be one of those blogs that just post video after video. I always think twice about posting too many in a row cause I run the risk of something like this coming out and me needing to post it but at the same time feeling monotonous for doing so. I like to have a nice balance of video, audio and regular non video/audio posts. A variety of content if you will. Oh well, can’t help it sometimes.
My favorite song off of American Gangster. As far as Jay and Neptunes collabs go, this ranks way up there. Dare I say it’s a tie with “I Just Wanna Love You”? Well, not yet at least. I like the concept of this video, definitely on the darker side(drug dependency=dark). It kinda has the same vibe as “Flashing Lights” but without psycho-bitch-killer Rita G’s fine ass in it. I was expecting to see Hov with his typical Mike Jordan swaggering and posturing, Pharrell changing his clothes in every shot rocking gear from the upcoming BBC/Ice Cream season, maybe a celeb cameo or two. At the end of the day the video is pretty boring. I mean I like it, but it’s totally forgettable. Good thing the song more than makes up for it.
This year was a great year for Hip Hop, for me at least. I haven’t felt this way in quite a while. This year brought me albums from some of my favorite hip hop artists/groups of all time. I got releases from Common, Kanye, Little Brother, Nas(GH), Jay-Z, Ghostface and come December 11th and 18th, Wu-Tang Clan and Lupe Fiasco respectively. This year also brought me some new acts to look forward to in the future like Blu + Exile, Kid Sister, Gemstones and The Cool Kids. It was a little tough to narrow down my list to just ten, but I managed and this is what I came up with:
10. “Give It Up” by Twista Feat. Pharrell
Some artist just go well together. Twista and Pharrell have only linked up a few times but each time has been a home run. First with Lavish and now with Give It Up. I love the video too, it’s like a 3 minute BBC/Ice Cream commercial.
9.“Bittersweet” by Kanye West Feat. John Mayer
I think I can speak for alot of people out there when I say i’ve been waiting for this one since Late Registration. John Mayer is great on the hook.
8. “I Know” by Jay-Z
Jay-Z over the Neptunes? Sign me up. My favorite track off of American Gangster and that’s saying alot considering I like almost every song on that album. Yeah AG wasn’t Reasonable Doubt, but of all of Hov’s albums this comes the closest. Possibly my third favorite Jigga album behind RD and The Black Album.
7. “Black Mags” by The Cool Kids
It was Chicago’s year this year. Would’ve liked to see I Rock as a single but Black Mags will definitely suffice. BMX’s was this years Skateboards, don’t sleep. I can’t wait for January when The Bake Sale EP drops, only to hold me off until middle of next year when Totally Flossed Out comes out.
6. “Touch of Mink” by Camp Lo
Deckstream on the ridiculous beat here with Camp Lo sounding as smooth as ever. Geechie Suede and Sonny Cheeba sound right at home rhyming about females and the finer things in life. The beat has sort of a throwback vibe not unlike “Luchini”, which I like very much.
5. “Soul Amazing” by Blu + Exile
The Left Coast was represented extremely well this year by Blu + Exile. Smooth beat, dope lyrics, just an amazing song. Blu along with Murs are among the very, very few rappers that keep my hope alive for West Coast Hip Hop in this day in age.
4. “International Players Anthem” by UGK + Outkast
3. “I Still Love H.E.R. by The Teriyaki Boyz Feat. Kanye West
Like one big Bathing Ape commercial. Nigo’s Boyz rhyming in Japanese(for the most part) over a K-West beat. Freshness. This song reflects my thoughts on Hip Hop this year. It reminded me that of all the bullshit that comes out of her mouth sometimes, in the end I still love H.E.R.
2. “Nostalgia” by Marco Polo Feat. Masta Ace
I feel like the older and older I become, the more and more i’m gonna appreciate this song. Marco Polo on the beat doing his best Preemo impersonation and Masta Ace showing these kids he’s been killing it since before they were born. Arguably my favorite song of the year.
1. “We On” by Gem Stones Feat. Lupe Fiasco
No other rap song got me more hyped this year than this. I had first heard a snippet of this and played that out like there was no tomorrow. When the full song was released, I lost it and went nuts. Lu and Gem trading back and fourth, showing they can “twist” with the best of them. The lyrics, the beat, the feel, everything was hitting on this song.