16 August 2007

Since Prince was on Apollonia

Kanye West has made me cranky before, but these are the times when he justifies his arrogance.

"Stronger" lays waste to so many current hip-hop songs that it should make artists like T-Pain ashamed. Hell, even Timbaland, darling of the moment, hasn't created a beat in the last two years that has the thumping, epic grandeur of West's latest brainchild. This song is on par with "Jesus Walks," and that's one of my favorite songs of all time.

"Stronger's" sample of the Daft Punk song "Harder, Better, Fast, Stronger" is particularly brilliant because it tweaks the techno-fuzz in Timbaland's songs without making West beholden to it.

(Ironically, Wikipedia reports that Timabaland helped West finish the track. I'd like to think that means both men are so secure in their abilities that they can help each other, even as they tease.)

And, you know... I love any and all references to Prince and Apollonia.

Meanwhile, West's continuing ability to be upfront about homophobia is starting to be inspiring. It would be easy for him to drop the subject or massage his position into something less alienating. Instead, he honestly admits his own prejudices while acknowledging how poisonous they are.

Unlike the forced "confessions" of celebrities like Michael Richards, Mel Gibson, or Isiah Washington, I believe West's declaration that he thinks it's wrong to hate people. After all, he spoke up of his own accord, not because he was caught doing something disgusting.

P.S. -- Who do you think he's talking about when he says he'll "do anything for a blonde dyke?"



At 2:51 AM, Anonymous So said...

It is not a Kanye beat with a Daft Punk's Sample. It's a Daft Punk beat based on their hit "Better Faster Stronger".
Kanye has nothing to do with this beat.He only raps on it.(Timbaland is the best though...)
We french people are the best! ;-)

At 3:01 PM, Blogger ABCDeep said...

Kanye West is a slightly-above-mediocre producer at best. All his hit beats highly rely on a sample from a classic, which is what makes his song embedded in the subconscious psyche of its listener and consequentially catchy. His lyrics are nothing special. A friend of mine described them best, as "fisher price rhymes." Furthermore, his paranoia of what he perceives is fervent racism in Hollywood and Washington is bothersome...I heard he threw another hissy fit at the VMA awards for not winning an award, citing racism as the sole obvious reason. He can never sell the attitudes Timbaland's beats provide.

At 9:40 PM, Anonymous Alyssa said...


go to that site and it explains the lyrics of the song. :)

At 12:27 PM, Blogger John said...

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At 12:28 PM, Blogger John said...

the blonde dike reference is probably just a general statement that seemed fitting and rhymed with Klondike. I doubt he would be trying to hook up with a blond lesbian, but it would be cool for any guy to think about, right? Am I right?

At 9:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kanye slowed down daft punk then put his own hip hop beat over the top. So a "kanye beat with a daft punk sample" is exactly what it is! He then took it to timbaland who didnt do much to it.

At 9:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ABCDeep: hip hop has always been totally sample based, no need to psycho-analyse it. His production is sonically great. Will.I.Am is the unoriginal one, as soon as 'stronger' was released he tried to do a track sampling 'around the world' which was refused clearance by daft punk.


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