The more a rapper strays from typical “hip hop” video cliches, the more I like it. I’ve seen the same radio rap formula for nearly 15 years now. So anytime I see a video WITHOUT bottles poppin’, ghost riding and thug posturing and displays even a hint of originality or creative direction, it will always score well with me. But then again it’s Kid Cudi, one of Kanye’s inner circle and fellow G.O.O.D. Music artist were talking about here and anyone from Kanye West’s camp almost always tend to have interesting videos.
I also want to point out the significance of this song having scratching in it. Nowadays, trying to find a rap song on the radio that has an actual DJ scratching on it is like trying to locate Bigfoot riding a Unicorn with a Leprechaun carrying a pot of gold standing on its shoulder.
Cons and Cudi with a nice homage to Tribe’s original Buggin Out. Directed by Rik Cordero, yadda, yadda, yadda, it’s dope. The more important issue here is where I can buy those bugged out eyes so I can put them on anytime anyone wants to take a picture of me. “Oh, you’re taking a picture? Hold on, gimme one second…” Someone let me know when this information becomes available.
At this point in his career Kanye can do whatever he wants and it will be automatically validated. He’s gone far enough from the typical formula without any sort of real negative reaction that now the rules don’t apply to him anymore. C’mon, dude has been rocking a black mullet. A black mullet!(Black mullets are the new corn rows, I’m calling this shit right now.)
Okay, I’m officially on board now. This happens all the time with me. I truly believe Kanye releases the weak songs as lead singles and saves the gems for the people that buy the album. Purposefully making me doubt him, then making me kick myself for doing so when it finally comes out. Besides “Through The Wire”, every lead single from a Kanye album has been my most hated. “Love Lockdown” from 808′s & Heartbreak being no exception, even though I think I hate the song “Heartless” even more. But after hearing “Coldest Winter”, “Robocop” and now “Anyway”, I’ve gone from complete disgust and skepticism to utter joy and anxiousness.
“Paranoid” has a total 80′s feel to it which further supports my theory of Hip Hop/R&B is in a sort of 80′s renaissance whereas the 90′s heavily sampled the 70′s, now it’s the decade of hair bands, auto tuning and Aquanet to which contemporary urban music owes its sound to. It’s all one big cycle, but I digress. Despite all the shit I’ve talked concerning 808′s, from what I’ve heard of it so far, this one really seems to stick to the intended theme. My guess is this album will have it’s serious moments but not take itself too seriously with a kind of a tounge-in-cheek undertone throughout. It is a highly successful rapper singing his heart out after all.
8. Glowing in the dark: I predict these seats to be on the crappy to mediocre but I would’ve really regretted not going to this concert.
7. Rogue Galaxy: Good story, awesome character design, fun gameplay. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. Level-5 is the new Square Enix.
6. “and in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make…”: My favorite line from my favorite album of my favorite band of all time.
5. Franken Berry: If there was a “Cereal Battle Royale”, when all the dust settles, Franken Berry would come out on top.
4. Shinya Arino: My copy of Gamecenter CX DVD 1 is on it’s way to me as I type this.
3. Ponyo On A Cliff: I’m already preparing myself for this to be the last Miyazaki film.
2. “Day ‘n’ Nite” by Kid Cudi: Fresh.
1. Williams Vs. Han: “When it comes, I won’t even notice…”. Jim Kelly is such a badass.