Another installment of my series keeping tabs on Mr. Kanye West’s GOOD Friday leaks.

I’m getting this in under the wire, but while there’s still some Monday left, let’s bash this out. First, some low-hanging fruit on “So Appalled” (featuring: Jay-Z, Swizz Beatz, The RZA, Cyhi the Prynce).

  • Who keeps letting Swizz in the damn studio?!? This is one of the dumbest choruses to ever grace a Kanye track ever (looking at you “Barry Bonds”).
  • This is, sadly, the best verse Jay-Z has dropped on a GOOD Friday cut.
  • Was the RZA just chilling in studio when they recorded this or could he not come up with a legit verse?

“So Appalled” is what has quickly become Kanye’s M.O. over the brief course of this serialized mix-tape (I hope most of these aren’t ending up on a proper record): long, sloppy, and so full of promise that, ultimately, disappointment is the only verdict if you haven’t already severely dampened your expectations. “So Appalled” does boast one hell of a beat, like most bombs dropped by Yeezy on GOOD Friday, this time, he drops the soul loops and works out on a slow, tense jam which sounds like a Wu-Tang update. It’s not all about the beat though, like almost every other recent Kan cut (this discussion will no longer include the “Runaway Love [Remix],” it’s not fair to anyone), there’s been at least one truly winning verse, often from a young MC. Nicki Minaj’s frantic verse continues to be one of the only continually listenable portions of “Monster,” Clipse’s Pusha T makes all the waves on “Runaway” and “Good Friday,” and upcoming Antlanta mic-rocker Cyhi the Prynce absolutely kills “So Appalled.”
Granted with a deep, syrupy drawl, Prynce doesn’t have to try hard to deliver a near-classic verse. The way he drizzles the hanging notes at the end of his lines all over this platter, letting us lap up every last drip of his trunk-rattling rasp is intoxicating and gives more weight to his solid lyrics. And he even buries his best line, “If God had an iPod, I’d be on his playlist,” in a relatively busy passage. Plus Cyhi’s chuckle after his one joke (“A Trojan in my pocket: Matt Leinart”) never fails to put a smile on my face and further helps to land the joke. Dude has an awesome voice and knows how to wield it.
Pusha T is starting to look like that kid in class who constantly turns in A-work. Once again he outshines the big names on the cut (Kanye and big brother, Jay-Z) and I’m tacking it down here like it’s an afterthought.

Updated Rankings:

You’ll notice some changes. “Runaway” was a slow burner and “Devil in a New Dress,” compared to all the more interesting “failures,” is so safe I’ve largely forgotten about it. A further note: with the number of complaints and plaudits I’ve heaped on these cuts, numbers four through eight stand very close to one another and, as far as I’m concerned, could be fairly interchangeable based upon my mood.

1. “Good Friday” (featuring: Common, Pusha T, Big Sean, Kid Cudi & Charlie Wilson)
2. “See Me Now” (featuring: Beyonce & Charlie Wilson)
3. “Power”
4. “Power (Remix)” (featuring: Jay-Z & Swizz Beatz)
5. “Runaway” (featuring: Pusha T)
6. “Monster” (featuring: Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Bon Iver, Nicki Minaj)
7. “Lord, Lord, Lord” (featuring: Mos Def, Raekwon, Swizz Beatz & Charlie Wilson)
8. “So Appalled” (featuring: Jay-Z, Swizz Beatz, Pusha T, RZA & Cyhi the Prynce)
9. “Devil in a New Dress”

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