Kanye West (feat. Mos Def, Swizz Beats, Raekwon & Charlie Wilson) - Lord Lord Lord (Def Jam, 2010)
Mr. West recruits old friend Mos Def, as well as new friends Raekwon and Swizz Beats (along with G.O.O.D. Friday’s resident hook maker, Charlie Wilson) to release this banger that easily makes up for last week’s lack-luster posse cut, the eponymous G.O.O.D. Friday. Despite the fact that this is another Kanye-track that exceeds the 6 minute mark (and really doesn’t need to, hearing Charle Wilson croon those extra fourty or so Lord’s isn’t neccessary), this song ranks alongside Monster and the Power (remix) as the highlights of Kanye’s series so far. Mos Def is actually rapping instead of adlibbing (shame you couldn’t get that on your album, Curren$y), Kanye provides a smooth sixteen, and The Chef closes out the song, making me forgetting the Runaway Love (remix) ever happened. The production reminds me eerily of G. Dep’s Head Over Wheels, but that may just be because I used to play that song for hours on end on a burnt CD that included a bunch of New York rarities that I don’t listen to anymore for some reason. Blaze’, blaze’, blah..
Even if Dark Twisted Fantasy doesn’t drop until 2011, Kanye’s going to release a whole album worth of material between now and Christmas, and I can’t have anything but respect for one of the most popular rappers alive doing that when he could easily be spending his time fucking white models and going to museums and having dinner with Beyonce and Jay-Z instead, although i’m aware he still does that, just less frequently.