Yay Or Nay: No More Parties in L.A.

Kanye West is nothing if not a polarizing figure. The depths in which people hate or love that guy are astounding. I mean, I get it…he makes it easy. He’s talented and a total asshole. I suppose it’s easy to pick a side if you really feel some sort of way about it.
Every time a new Kanye song drops, the internet hiccups for a day. Tweets are fired off. Blog posts (like this one) are written. It’s an “event”.
When “Yeezus” dropped, people were freaking out. Kanye basically made a non-rap rap album with no drums that art nerds could pretend to enjoy while his older fans kinda scratched their heads and pissed on. He abandoned what he had made a career on. The man formally known for making sample heavy ,catchy rap songs was now leaning more towards avant garde noise rap and whatever else his circle had been playing him at the time. Personally, I liked about 3 songs on it. But i also don’t think it’s was the worst. He tried something different and , when a huge pop star that is the focus of pop music does that, I can respect it. If nothing else, pop artists having balls is a rare thing these days so , even if the results don’t work for me, it’s the attempt that counts.
Since then, Kanye married Kim Kardashian , had two kids, had a bunch of Kanye ass moments and kept it moving.
Now, full disclosure, I’ve always enjoyed Kanye the rapper. I don’t think he’s amazing and it’s comical that anyone who raps like he does would ever call himself a genius with such regularity BUT I think he’s clever and entertaining. I think , due to his ego and how he comes across in the media, people wanna hate him more than he deserves. Now, as a producer, I’ve always respected him as well. That said, dude hasn’t been making his own beats in years and is now taking a more Dr. Dre approach to music. He’s a producer in the Rick rubin sense. He’s not flipping through records and slamming away on the ASR 10 anymore. He’s curating. As much as that should bother me, it doesn’t. He’s a world famous dude who’s probably got like 4 managers cause he’s so fucking busy. I think about how, somedays, i have to force myself to sit down and work on music and , best believe, I’m not as busy as Kanye west. I’m not even as busy as North west. but I digress…

Recently he leaked two new songs. I could be wrong but they are both apparently produced by MadLib. Say what? Yup. Now, I don’t know if this song is gonna be on an album or if it’s just something he leaked to whet peoples appetite but what I do know is that Kanye isn’t stupid. He’s hyper aware of the effect he has on pop culture. He’s always on the front end of trends and, in a way, a guy with the power to start them. could this song be Kanye ushering back in the sample heavy style of hip hop he started with? Is so…
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I mean, i don’t wanna get too excited cause it’s not like anyone followed “Yeezus” lead. It more just added to Kanye’s legacy as a risk taker. But , still, is this a turning point? Could it be?
If you’ve somehow missed it, check it out…

Now, stepping back from all the musical connotations and cultural weight that a Kanye release brings, what about the song itself? Listening to it in vacuum…
My buddy Ben Detrick tweeted this yesterday
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and it’s pretty spot on.
This song is just two dudes rapping , with a vague hook over a loop. It doesn’t get more 90’s hip hop than that. That’s a thing i feel like people overlook when delving into 90’s hip hop revival music. Sure, guys like Joey badass capture an element of it. Or older rappers still trapped in that era try and reinvent it , while peppering the new music with more relevant rap trends. But this song? It is basically from 1993 but with rappers rapping about 2016 shit. I’m not mad at that. I also don’t think it’s amazing either but , hey, I’m old and of that era so this does speak to me on some level. So, what do you think? you can vote for more than one choice…

9 thoughts on “Yay Or Nay: No More Parties in L.A.

  1. I thought I read that this was started around the MBDTF period and Ye just added that long verse to it? That would make sense to me based on the feel. Anyway, I like it better than the more recent stuff he has put out. He at least took time to put some effects on the vocals. All the Yeezus vocals sounded pretty lazy.

  2. I’m really feeling these last two songs he released. I’m looking forward to the album for sure.

    I kind of hated most of Yeezus. The instrumental part didn’t kill any of it for me, and I actually admire how he switched up his style, but most of the lyrics/vocals were borderline unlistenable. It would have been a fine album if it had anyone rapping better on it.

    Kanye West is a talented producer for sure, but I think he’s at his best with collaborators. You can find old demos or rough versions of most the stuff off of College Dropout and Late Registration, which sound like Kanye just banging out some samples and drums on the ASR, with some basic one-finger key and bass sounds added. It’s still good, but there is a big difference from the more fleshed out and musical final product on the albums. I don’t know about throwing the word genius around for RAP production, but Kanye West and Mike Dean on the same beat might come close.

  3. That comparison is really quite apt. The funny thing is, I can’t say anything about this track is specifically bad, in fact there’s a lot to like about it, but it just isn’t resonating with me. Something feels off. The verses are good, but they don’t feel like they fit the track

  4. I really enjoyed it as a loosie but the mixing leaves a lot to be desired. Hopefully if it ends up on SWISH they’ll sort that out. During Kendrick’s verse it felt like he was competing with the vocal sample in the beat to be heard.

    • I gotta say, if you’re complaining about the mixing…you’re just looking for something to complain about. It’s not a complicated mix. It’s a loop with rapping on it.

  5. Hey, I know you need fodder for the blog. Got a question…How do you keep from eating terribly while on tour? I imagine it is easy to get fat living that lifestyle.

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