I kinda think it is funny that we (Josh and I) think we are important enough to write about our opinions on popular culture when this blog predominantly started so that we could streamline our communication w/r/t academic articles and ideas… Haha.
But alas, y’all still read this, so that’s cool.
Kanye’s new album is pretty good. I never thought I would say that, and definitely never thought I would ever say what I am about to say: West’s new album is way more creative and heartfelt on all fronts than Kid Cudi’s most recent effort. Although to be fair, one of the highlights of West’s album is Cudi’s guest vocals on “Gorgeous”.
Down to the analysis of the nitty gritty of the album. Production on every song is more or less flawless, albeit much simpler than what I typically think of when I think of a Kanye song. This album has much more of a you and Kanye hanging out and drinking some whiskey together than a you and thousands of other people slamming around each other in a room trying for a glance of Kanye feel to it. Does that make sense? Basically, West comes across as much more personable and real on this album, and, in my humble opinion, it works really well for him. Perhaps many of his fans won’t dig this as much, but I am totally feeling it.
Additionally, another really amazing part of this album is the proper use of guest vocals. So often, rappers tend to have so much help on their albums that you don’t even remember if a certain is considered an Eminem song or a Lil Wayne song. With Fantasy, you never ever forget that Kanye West is at the center of this show. Except for maybe “Lost In The World,” but that is just an awesome song. Gayngs is going to become so popular from that, which is awesome.
By the way, totally off-topic, but Gayngs 2010 release Relayted was given the honor of top five albums of the year from BBC’s music blog.
Also off -topic, I am writing this blog flying from D.C. to Minneapolis, drinking some woodford reserve and water. Delta is awesome. Except when they cancel your flight.