Listen to Kanye West's No More Parties in L.A. featuring Kendrick
"I know some fans said I'd never rap like this again."
Yeezy teased us last week with a segment of a new Kendrick Lamar-featuring track tacked onto the end of his new single Real Friends (listen to that HERE). After his other half Kim Kardashian suggested the return of the G.O.O.D. Fridays series ("New music!!!! #EveryFriday"), Friday came and went last week without any sign of a G.O.O.D. Fridays series return :( Kim - who seems to have suddenly become Kanye's press secretary - took to her Twitter once more to give impatient fans an update on the release:
The Noah she speaks of is Kanye's engineer Noah Goldstein, and Kanye did indeed finish the track, releasing a mixed and mastered version of No More Parties in LA early Monday this week.
The six-minute long piece is absolutely breathtaking (So rap-a-long-able too! Please baby, no more parties in L.A.! ♫) It's the third cut to have been rolled out from West in 2016, ahead of the release of Kanye's seventh studio album, SWISH (due out February 11) - although that's not to say it will be on the album.
Kendrick sets the bar high with a masterful first verse, where he does some Gold Digger on-theme riffing on women wanting men for their money. Kanye then spends 90 bars trying to reach the great heights of Kendrick (he gets there - it's one of his better verses in years, too). Lyrically, it sees Kanye rap about the challenges of being an older rapper and a family man, as he peels back some of the sheen of that 'ballin' lifestyle: "It took 6 months to take the Maybach all matted out/And my assistant crashed as soon as they backed it out," and raps about the frustrations of being hella famous, as well as reminding us that he's still one of the most important artists in the game: "I know some fans said I'd never rap like this again / But the writer's block is over / MCs cancel your plans / A 38-year-old ate your role," West raps. As many fans have already pointed out, the combination of the autobiographical narrative and old samples make it sound like a throwback to the Late Registration-era Kanye recordings. That's mostly thanks to Madlib on that old school hip hop production tip - Madlib sampled some funky R & B from the '70s from The Ohio Players for this one), which was also used as the hook for 'New God Flow'.
If you missed it, check out Kanye's previous single release, Real Friends featuring Ty Dolla $ign here.
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