“Kanye or Jay Z?”
President Barack Obama answers the question on everybody’s mind in this article from The Atlantic.
Just in time for the G.O.O.D. Music compilation, Q-Tip has signed with Kanye’s label for the upcoming release of his fourth album The Last Zulu. Q-Tip had a hand in producing two of the tracks off of last year’s Watch the Throne and apparently the two decided to formalize the partnership. As the elder statesman in Kanye’s stable, Q-Tip brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table, not to mention some of the most classic hip hop albums ever created. Maybe we’ll be lucky enough to see another Midnight Marauders before it’s all said and done.
BREAKING NEWS: Kanye West has signed on to appear in the upcoming season of Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Whether he really likes this girl or he’s looking for someone new to upstage is up for debate. Either way he’s going to get a hell of a lot of free marketing for the upcoming G.O.O.D. Music compilation. Well-played Kanye.
Kanye West threw one hell of a one-two combination between My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and Watch the Throne. In the wake of such a sustained period of cutting edge, creative output, there’s always the fear, and, inherently, the danger, that an artist will burn out, suffer from “writer’s block” or just plain suck on their next outing. As with Watch the Throne, there’s a lot of hype circulating around the first compilation from the artists housed under Kanye’s G.O.O.D. Music imprint, along with the pressure such a name implies. Will the music actually be GOOD? Or will Kanye eat his own tail in the rarefied penthouse apartment suites, VIP lounges and fashion runways where he spends his time, sucking up all of his own air and that of the Yes men around him? Fortunately for us, Yeezy’s recent triumphs mean that there’s no reason to be humble. Yet again, Ye steps up to the plate and knocks another one out of the park. Starting with a bonkers sample from danehall legend Fuzzy Jones, Big Sean and Pusha T throw down a few straight-to-the-pleasure-center verses before Kanye comes in on an 80s synth-break and 2 Chainz closes out the track “drunk and high at the same time/drinkin’ champagne on the airplane.” The lyrics and music are pure, infectious fun made for rolling around with the windows down and for anyone who was worried, it looks like Yeezy will be tucking your whole summer in once again.
All the missteps and feet in mouth that have dogged Kanye West throughout his career clearly haven’t soured him to the taste of controversy, and, truth be told, probably taught him the value of a well-placed insult. In his latest opus, Kanye drops what is probably the best diss of the year so far against Kris Humphries:
“And I’ll admit, I fell in love with Kim
‘Round the same time she had fell in love wit’ him
Well, that’s cool, baby girl, do ya thing
Lucky I ain’t have Jay drop ‘im from the team”
Ye also strangely gives props to Wiz Khalifa:
“And the whole industry wanna fuck yo’ old chick
Only nigga I got respect for is Wiz”
Kanye also makes some new enemies with his fur-be-damned chorus, and the song’s title, which the pharmaceutical maker isn’t too pleased about:
“Tell PETA my mink is draggin’ on the floor”
Looks like Yeezy’s back.