Kanye West is one of the most highly controversial musicians of our generation, with everyone and their mother having some sort of opinion on him. Some hate him for the “I’mma let you finish” fiasco (though you have to love the internet meme-fiesta it spawned). Others hate him for his autotune experimentation on 808s and Heartbreak. Others still hate him for just being all-around arrogant and self-important.
Count me out of the Kanye hate parade. I don’t know what it is, but I absolutely love the guy. Maybe it has to do with the fact that I bumped College Dropout exclusively for an entire Summer. Maybe it’s because his beats are hands down the most creative, potent, and intricate in popular music these days. Or maybe it’s because his swagger is so goddamn genuine that it’s just refreshing to see someone be honest. I think it’s all of those things, plus the fact that he called Franz Ferdinand “White Crunk” and worked with Bon Iver on his new album, (oh, and his flawless twitter game). Kanye has been leaking songs on what he calls G.O.O.D. Friday for the past few weeks, and nearly everything has been absolutely top notch, save for “Runaway.” “Monster” features the angriest verse I’ve ever heard from Nicki Minaj and the beat is out of control; “Devil in a New Dress” is vintage Kanye; “So Appalled” features great verses from hip-hop’s best; and “Lost in the World,” which features Bon Iver singing his epic, “The Woods,” is actually too awesome to post.
His latest track, “Christian Dior Denim Flow” is instrumentally creative and sonically abrasive, and the verses contributed by ‘Ye, Pusha T, Lloyd Banks, John Legend, Ryan Leslie, and KiD CuDi are just plain dirty, especially Pusha T’s. Brace yourself folks, the real Kanye West is back, and he’s fucking angry.