GOOD Mondays


[This is, of course, not another G.O.O.D. Friday cut, and therefore not another review of a GF cut, but I already had this heading and all, so deal with it.]
Kanye West is half a year removed from downright dominating Twitter with his weekly leaks, but he’s a spotlight fiend. Before we could entirely come down from all the critical hysteria over West’s fifth magnum opus, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (a title that still sounds like he stole it from Panic! At the Disco), we were already hearing rumbles about an EP or album-length collaberation with Yeezy’s boss, mentor, and “big brother,” Jay-Z. (more…)

(Featuring: Talib Kweli & Consequence)

GOOD Mondays have been a bit labored lately, if you haven’t noticed, and it just got harder with the leak of Kanye West’s fifth album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy; but I’mma soldier on. (He’s only going until Christmas, right?) (more…)

Featuring: Pusha T, CyHi da Prynce, Big Sean & J. Cole

This is what I’ve been waiting for! “Looking For Trouble,” the latest fix from Kanye West for us GOOD Friday fiends, is why I have kept refreshing Twitter and downloading. Some people got excited about last week’s track, “The Joy,” I think, because of the long drought of truly good material since the stunning “Christian Dior Denim Flow.” “The Joy” was legitimately a solid track, albeit corrupted by the out of control ego of producer Pete Rock and a lack of discipline on behalf of Rock and West. (more…)

Featuring: Pete Rock, Jay-Z, Charlie Wilson, Curtis Mayfield & Kid Cudi

Don’t know how I feel about giving the late Curtis Mayfield a featuring credit since he’s only there because Pete Rock sampled (what appears to be a live version of) “The Makings of You,” from Mayfield’s stunning debut, Curtis. It may help guide people to song and the album, but it’s certainly uncharacteristic. Anyway, just to get you a bit deeper into the cut, I added a vid for the Mayfield track below: (more…)

Featuring: Mos Def, Lupe Fiasco & Big Sean

“Don’t Look Down (The Phoenix Story)” is another mid-tempo rap dirge from Mr. West. Another example of West’s inability to utilize space. Though “Don’t Look Down,” amazingly, clocks in under the six-minute mark (just barely at 5:55), there’s still lots of soggy, poorly used space wasted on vocorder and synth solos which vary from early Kieth Emerson experiments with the Moog (bad) to later Emerson experiments with the Moog (tolerable-to-good). I’ll stop whining about track lengths and concentrate on things unique to this cut. (more…)

Featuring: Pusha T, CyHi da Prynce & Keri Hilson

For all of Kanye West’s experimentation over the past few weeks, he may have lost his knack for putting together a banging club jam. “Take One For The Team” may be first dance floor-batting track Ye has offered over the course of his GOOD Friday experiment. He has just about everything he needs for it too: a dirty beat (an oddly anachronistic beat-box loop), cool, ring-tone ready key part, R&B chanteuse wailing, solid, syrupy southern verses from Pusha T and my new favorite rapper CyHi da Prynce; and he doesn’t know how to put the puzzle together. (more…)

We have a first on this, the ninth GOOD Friday release, a (technically) non-Kanye song. This past Friday, West dropped a new track from Child Rebel Soldier, a rap supergroup featuring Mr. West, Lupe Fiasco, and Pharell. This marks, from my research, only the third release from the troop. That in itself is pretty shocking when you consider how prolific Pharell and Kanye have been or are, but what is more shocking is how middling all three outings have been. That “Don’t Stop!” may be the trio’s finest hour is a sobering thought to marinade on. (more…)

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