Kanye West (feat. Pusha T, CyHi Da Prynce, Big Sean & J. Cole) - Looking For Trouble (G.O.O.D. Music, 2010)
God, I don’t like this, at all. This is among my least favorite G.O.O.D. Fridays yet, next to the eponymous G.O.O.D. Friday which essentially featured the same roster, minus J. Cole. The beat is pretty terrible; it sounds nearly identical to Cam’ron’s far superior Bubble Music, just on a smaller scale, with worse sound quality, that almost sounds like it was recorded in a cavern. Kanye, like most G.O.O.D. Fridays, gets little breathing room, and the guests are left to carry the track. Both Pusha and CyHi do decent enough, but they can’t salvage the beat. I already touched on how I feel about the Big Sean feature - fuck a J. Cole. I don’t care how much hate that generates, but that dude is easily one of the most uninteresting rappers I’ve heard since, erm, Big Sean. How do these blogs pick out the guys they’re gonna dickride anyway? Oh yeah, it depends on if Jay-Z or Kanye sign them, or what designer backpack they use to carry their spraypaint cans in for tagging park bences.
Kanye West (feat. Pete Rock, Jay-Z, Charlie Wilson, Curtis Mayfield & Kid Cudi) - The Joy (G.O.O.D. Music, 2010)
I’m aware that the Curtis Mayfield sample brought about a bit of controversy, but frankly, I don’t give a shit about all that political stuff, I care about the music. Pete Rock’s beat here is majestic; chopped-up soul with a rolling bass line, creating an instrumental on par with some of the best shit released this year. It’s just so smooth, carrying about a sense of elegance with it that’s rarely seen in hip-hop anymore. Kanye actually gets two verses on this, and for once it feels like it’s his show; Hov joins in on the third verse, but he can’t steal Kanye’s thunder. This beat deserves hennessey/a bad bitch and a bag of weed, the holy trinity/in the mirror where I see my only enemy/your life’s cursed? well mine’s an obscenity
This should be the first single from Watch The Throne, although I get the feeling that sample-clearances’ll prevent it from even reaching that project.