As part of his upcoming album, “Swish,” set to release on Feb. 11, Kanye West is releasing a new song almost every Friday as part of his G.O.O.D. Friday series.
Kanye originally started the series as a lead up to his 2010 magnum opus, “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.”
For last week’s release, audiences were treated to “No More Parties in LA.” A mammoth six-minute track that sees Kanye team up with hip-hop’s most popular star Kendrick Lamar. Kendrick just finished having one of the best years of his career with the release of his own album “To Pimp a Butterfly.” This is the first collaboration between the two artists and the only way to describe the track is by using the iPhone flame emoji.
The song is produced by legendary producer Madlib and mainly samples the 1976 Junie Morrison’s track “Suzie Thundertussy.” Other samples later added by Kanye feature Johnny Guitar Watson, Ghostface-Killah, and Larry Graham, who’s actually Canadian rapper, Drake’s uncle.
The track itself sees the two emcees taking turns reciting their lengthy verses. Kendrick is first to bat and while he is known for his lyricism, his verse mostly deals with his braggadocios conquest of women and their relationship to his rapping career.
Meanwhile, Kanye’s verse is all over the place, and for that, it is perfect. Kanye’s last album, 2012’s “Yeezus” was so centered and serious about his over inflated personal ego that at times it became overwhelming. With “No More Parties in LA,” it is great to see Kanye return to a more playful and comical style of rapping. This honest and sincere style became quintessential to his early stardom and made Kanye the star he is today.
Kanye goes as far as to acknowledge this in the track by rapping “I know some fans who thought I wouldn’t rap like this again, But the writer’s block is over, emcees cancel your plans.” Kanye also hilariously mixes in references about Los Angeles traffic, his psychiatrist and even name drops Steve Jobs, Monica Lewinsky and former drug lord Pablo Escobar.
If this is any indication to what we should expect from Kanye in 2016, get ready, because before he can run for president in 2020, Kanye has to bless us with “Swish.”
Artist: Kanye West
Label: G.O.O.D. Music
Release date: Feb. 11, 2016