If you’ve read this blog before or know me at all, then you know I’m a huge Kanye fan. Are his first three albums his best? Yes, probably. That doesn’t make his new stuff suck. This album reminds me of a mix between My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and Yeezus. Read a breakdown of each track below…
01 Ultralight Beam [ft. Chance the Rapper and Kirk Franklin]
Solid Intro. Really gets you into the feel of what the album is going to be. Chance absolutely kills it.
Favorite lines from Chance…
“Foot on the devils neck ’til it drifted, Pangea”
“I been this way since Arthur was Anteater”
“My daughter look just like Sia, you can’t see her”
“I met Kanye West I’m never going to fail”
And to conclude..
“let’s make it so free and the bars so hard that there ain’t no gosh darn part you can’t tweet”
I didn’t blog a couple tweets, but you get the gist.
02 Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1 [ft. Kid Cudi]
Ah, Kid Cudi back to his roots with ‘Ye is so much better than him sounding like a high school garage rock band in “Speedin’ Bullet 2 Heaven”. Produced by Metro Boomin so you know it bangs. Kanye starts off talking about Amber and finishes speaking about Kim.
(How bad does Kanye want this threesome on a scale of 1-10?)
03 Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 2 [ft. Desiigner]
Newest GOOD music signee Desiigner is used as a feature with his single “Panda” sampled. Also produced by Metro Boomin. Kanye reportedly cried during its creation. The bridge at the end by Caroline Shaw is legendary.
04 Famous [ft. Rihanna]
Rihanna, on the chorus, Swizz Beats ad libs, references to him fucking Taylor Swift are all dope. But the best part is definitely the bridge sung by Sister Nancy at the end.
“Y’all sleeping on me huh, had a good snooze?”
“Awesome, Steve Jobs mixed with Steve Austin, If HOV J then every Jordan need a Rodman”
Classic crazy as fuck Kanye. Pretty honored he used the word y’all considering everytime I use it north of Texas I get clowned on.
06 Low Lights
Poem, written by Kanye for “all the moms driving they kids to school then going to work.” Although I’m not quite sure this album is appropriate to listen to with your kids considering he talked about bleached assholes a couple songs ago.
07 Highlights [ft. Young Thug]
According to Young Thug, he and Kanye have recorded over 40 songs together. This one was alright. Some good lines…
“I bet me and Ray J would be friends
If we aint love the same bitch
Yeah, he might have hit it first
Only problem is I’m rich”
“Blac Chyna Fuckin’ Rob, Help him with the weight
I wish my trainer would, tell me what I overate”
Shows you how recent he wrote some of these tracks. Also shows that unlike the rest of the Kardashians, he’s all for Rob getting some pussy.
“I’ma bust a coach’s head open on some Diddy shit
If he ever talk to my son like an idiot”
Referencing Diddy whooping the USC coach’s ass. I’m legit scared for Kanye’s kids to get older.
08 Freestyle 4 [ft. Desiigner]
Beat was cool, lyrics were kinda weak. Talks about fucking in the middle of a restaurant and starting an orgy. Basically, just normal celebrity shit.
09 I Love Kanye
Kanye knows what’s said about him. How he’s changed, how much he loves himself etc. So what better way to say fuck y’all then to make a song ABOUT Kanye. This is probably the most Kanye thing of all time.
10 Waves [ft. Chris Brown]
The reason for the album delay. Production wasn’t finished, but Chance, who also wrote the song, insisted it had to be on the album. It is quite possibly the coolest beat on the album so I guess it was worth the wait.
11 FML [ft. The Weeknd]
For My Lady or Fuck My Life. Talks about staying true to Kim in the most Kanye of ways. The Weeknd brings the vocals.
12 Real Friends [ft. Ty Dolla $ign]
We gotta track down which one of the Auntie Team’s kid stole his fucking laptop.
13 Wolves [ft. Frank Ocean and Caroline Shaw]
We found Frank Ocean! Different version than the original Wolves release at Yeezy Season 1. Beats incredible.
14 Silver Surfer Intermission [ft. Max B]
*Refer to Kanye Wiz Twitter beef. Probably the reason Kanye was so frustrated from Wiz’s tweets. He already had permission to name his album WAVES from the Waviest Max B.
15 30 Hours [ft. André 3000]
Disappointed no hook for Andre 3k, but it is a great song regardless. I immediately went to google maps to see if LA to Philly (Amber’s hometown) was 30 hours. Turns out it’s 39, but there is a good chance he was speeding.
“I hit the gym all chest no legs”
Also throws a reference in to driving 90 miles to “whoop a niggas ass like Matt Barnes.”
16 No More Parties in LA [ft. Kendrick Lamar]
Kendrick probably assisted in writing his verse, but who cares.. so many good lines from both, but the best….
“It took 6 months to get the Maybach all matted out
And my assistant crashed it soon as they backed it out
Goddamn got a bald fade I might slam,
pink fur got Nori dressin like Cam”
17 Facts (Charlie Heat Version)
Least favorite song on the album. Trust me, NIKE can give shit away. This version sounds better than the original I will say (still kinda sucks).
18 Fade [ft. Post Malone and Ty Dolla $ign]
Solid outro. Ends the album with some steez.
Final Review: 8.5/10 I would rank it as his 5th best album behind the first trilogy and MBDTF, but it is growing on me more and more every listen. If you can listen with an open mind and not a predetermined hate for Kanye, there will definitely be at least a couple songs you will enjoy. Production was crazzzzzzyyyyyy!