by Kanye West ft. Jay-Z: Ever since I could remember my definition of H.A.M. was used to describe girls who tried too hard: Hot Ass Mess. Kanye has reinvented the term and has collaborated with Jay Z to make the hottest song of 2011 so far. We are only 11 days in, but I’ve been H.A.M. ever since I heard the track. H.A.M. – which stands for Hard a Muthafucka – is about to be a club banger. The beat is hard and although it doesn’t sound like typical Kanye, it’s just what his fans want. It’s never a secret that I’m a humng-O Kanye fan and I’m stoked this is the first single from a collaborative album with Jay-Z. The album, Watch the Throne, is reportedly set to be released on March 1. I’m starting my countdown now.
Listen to the single on the Watch the Throne Facebook page. Be prepared to go H.A.M.
I heard this song a few weeks and immediately liked it. I forgot that I heard this track until I heard it on my cousin’s MySpace page yesterday! I have been listening to it non-stop since then. I love Lady Gaga so it was undeniable that I would love “the creatives” remix of this track. I consider Kanye, Common, and for this track I will include Kid Kudi as a part of “the creatives” as they are original and off the wall in their rhymes. This is a playful track to bring in the summer. It is also a great song to ride to and trust I will do so with my windows down and sunroof back!
by Kanye West: I consider myself one of Kanye’s biggest fans and have argued numerous people down about the finesse he brings to any track. I thought this album would have been named The Real World or First Job to follow his previous college related themes. Alternatively, he named the album 808s & Heartbreak and I can admit that when I first heard it, I was not impressed. You won’t be impressed at first either if you are stuck in mainstream and expecting the usual Kanye. This album will require you to accept Kanye dropping the occasional club bangers for singing while using the Auto-Tune for his voice and the TR-808 for beats. It took me a good 3-4 listens for the tracks to grow on me and I really like the album now! For some reason, I favor all the tracks with featured artists: Paranoid ft. Mr. Hudson, See You in My Knightmares ft. Lil’ Wayne, and Amazing ft. Young Jeezy. I like Heartless and Robocop too, although they do not feature any artists! I rate the album a 8/10 not because I like every song – because I don’t – but for being unique and Kanye stepping out of the ordinary and setting a new standard that I’m sure others will follow.
I had to come back and add to this post because I am watching a Kanye West interview. He said someone asked him why he was singing instead of rapping on this album. His response was “because I want too!” I will support him ANY day because of his independent thinking. He will do what he wants regardless of what anybody says to him. I respect that!?!
by Kanye West: After a year ago stating he would never perform at the VMAs again, Kanye closed the show with a bomb performance! This man is a genius. He chose to perform a song that no one has ever heard. The VMAs served as the single’s release and this will be the first song released off his upcoming album, Good Ass Job, that has been confirmed to release in December. Let me tell you how crazy technology is…Previously, the song had not been released and no one heard it before the awards tonight. Yet, going on YouTube, people have already uploaded the footage from the show. While some footage is low quality from people recording their TV, there is also high quality from those whose TV recorded the content. In case you missed Kanye’s performance, you can always watch it here!
by Jay-Z: This is for all those Jay-Z lovers that hate on Kanye West. I don’t understand how you can hate on the man’s protégé. Clearly Jay likes Kanye’s skills enough to let him produce the first track to be released off his album Blueprint 3. We all know the sample king didn’t create this beat on his own as it was snatched right from Run DMC’s Dumb Girl. Maybe that is why this song doesn’t really feel like Jay, but some hot joint from the 80s. This song is so different from a lot of songs that are out right now and for all of you who will be partial to this beat, it’s like I say with all of Kanye’s hits: Just listen to the lyrics. So classic that someone special was making fun of me the other day because I didn’t know what “jocking” meant. Glad I know now! Oh…and after listening to this song a few times, Obama count on 6iv=3.
I’m feeling musically inclined this morning, so I will keep the posts coming…I want to state that Kanye West is my favorite MC! I’m gonna dedicate a section of my blog called “The Sample King” to this lyrical genius. This section will feature songs by Kanye and the infamous songs that he has sampled to create his hits. I don’t want anyone to think this is to diss Kanye; I only want others to be as enthusiastic about him as I am! The first feature is an unreleased track called The Stalker Song (Never Lettin Go) which samples Phoebe Snow’s Never Let Go.