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If you have absolutely no interest in hip hop then I can understand not liking anything Kanye puts out, but if you enjoy even a little hip hop, then Kanye has made something you will love.
He is easily one of the most diversified hip hop producers of all time, along with being simply one of the greatest hip hop artists of all time. From College Dropout, an album focused on the chipmunk-soul sample type of sound and lyrics that talked about drugs, money, and cars but deep down are about family, God, and the life of a young black man, to 808′s, an album that asks you if it even is hip hop, to MBDTF, a hip hop opus that pushed farther in a darker direction with heavier undertones and an overarching feeling of heartbreak.
The man creates new boundaries for hip hop. If you actually like hip hop then there is no way you can dismiss Kanye’s entire catalog unless you let feelings for him as a person sway your musical opinion.
So Stereogum keeps tabs on him because he makes good music.
Kanye is becoming more fashion rap than hip hop and I for one think it’s a big step down. Sure it’s still pretty good, but it’s Kanye so it should be great.
Album of “White Dress”s > Album of “Mercy”s and “Clique”s
He’s trying too hard to be Timberlake in this song. The chorus is gorgeous however. Thank you Jessie.
Hope the rest of the record isn’t all like this.
There was no way to put both NY I Love You and Never As Tired so I accept that.
I also accept that Pow Pow is maybe too left field even for LCD to make it.
I would have liked for I Can Change to be higher though; it matches All My Friends as my favorite LCD song.
A wonderfully done list.
The new She & Him record is quite good.
As far as the Letterman debate, and I say this as someone who thinks he used to be great, he should not being doing the Late Show. He just doesn’t seem to care much anymore (same issue Conan is having) and he just comes off as a crotchety old man. Still better than Leno though, and probably Kimmel who has terrible monologues and interviews. Seriously, the pre-recorded videos and skits are about the only thing good about Kimmel’s show.
That’s my late night rant for you.
Was a little disappointing. I will still excited for their album though because I can never give up on the band that made Aha Shake Heartbreak.
I have a fully on soul boner for Har Mar.
I love Bowie as much as the next guy, but that video isn’t that great.
Something about the singer is keeping me from really enjoying this album. I think maybe I feel like it’s almost monotone or something but his vocals get top placement on pretty much every track but doesn’t make use of being up front. The instrumentals are solid though.
I interviewed these guys for my schools radio station and I can tell you with confidence that they are far from calculated.
They are also certainly not sketchy because you somehow haven’t heard of a band in a damn city.
Also they play a pretty good live show. About as much energy as you would expect from a indie-garage band of 19 year olds.
So Far Away for some reason sounds to me like shoegaze mixed with chillwave. Pretty killer track.
I just wish her name wasn’t Charli XCX though; I just find it to be an annoying name.
Not really impressed with this weeks batch.
Maybe you have to have lived in New York to enjoy the Cat Power video.
The Robin Thicke song is so terribly dull and the video matches perfectly.
Well fuck. I really thought I had a chance this week.
I don’t usually enjoy these interviews too much because the artist doesn’t seem into it or they give really cliche answers, but this may have been the greatest interview I’ve ever read.
This list seems a little more arbitrary than others. Everyone seems to have different preferences when it comes to DCFC and I think that the albums are all on the same level, it just depends what you’re looking for.
I would put Transatlanticism at 1. Move Airplanes to last because honestly the albums could be anywhere and Airplanes feels least like a DCFC album.
Of all of the up-and-coming rappers right now, I don’t think anyone holds a candle to Joey Bada$$. His debut needs to come out sooner then later.
I really wish they would fixed the up/down vote buttons so we could mark this trash as spam.
The difference is that Tyler at least does his own production so he does something worthwhile, while Chief Keef just yells incoherent shit over someone else’s beats.
I’m all for bangers and trunk busters, but honestly at least make them listenable and give credit to the guys that deserve it, the producers.
Yeah this is an early contender for “Worst Artwork of the Year”
I’ll admit to never being a huge YYY fan even in their heyday, but I did really enjoy some of their songs here and there. I feel the same way about this album. It’s nice, I can see why people would like it, I dig a couple of songs, but I wouldn’t ever give it the big-ups that Tom did here.
It’s fine, but she just doesn’t have the swagger in her voice to pull it off. I like the instrumentation choice though.
I’m okay with not having a real Shut Up, Dude just because Mental Floss got worked into this.
Trinidad James’ rapping almost ruins it, but the production in the first half of Females Welcomed is fantastic. I can only imagine how great the song would be if they put a MC that actually had flow or great lyricism on that track.
Mick just reminded me that I actually edited the album info for FIOE to the way Simon put it.
If the Strokes ever re-release that album in the future they should just change it to that tracklist because it is beautiful.
I’m not sure how many more non-album tracks there then that. However I agree that those are all great.
Does “I Like the Night” count? Also why the fuck won’t Julian just release a full version of that damn song?