As this is a hip-hop blog, I feel like I need to address Yeezus, since it is obviously a huge deal to the rap game. However, I will not write a usual post about Yeezus, because my usual posts deal with music that I like. I do not like Yeezus. I found the album absolutely horrible. First of all, it only has ten tracks, which is weak considering Kanye has not released a solo album since 2010. Secondly, and more importantly, it simply does not have the usual lyricism and meaning that Kanye has been able to deliver in the past. Yes, New Slaves is meaningful. But outside of that one song, it sounds like an album any mainstream rapper could make. The beats sound like dubstep, and I think that might be why supporters are trying to say the album is “new age” hip-hop. In my opinion, people who call the album futuristic just don’t want to admit that Kanye dropped a bad album. Maybe from another artist an album of this quality would be acceptable, but from someone as traditionally great as Kanye, it was ten tracks of pure disappointment. Sorry for the rant.
Today we finally get the album cover(s) for J. Cole’s upcoming album, Born Sinner. The black art on the top is the standard cover, while the image on the bottom is for the deluxe edition. Cole also announced that the album will no longer be released on June 25 as was previously intended; the release date has been pushed up to June 18. Reportedly, Cole wants to compete with Kanye West’s Yeezus, which also is set to drop on June 18. I don’t know if that’s a great business move, but I love the ambition and competitive spirit that it shows on Cole’s part. It’s clear that he wants to be the best, and based on the work he’s done so far, that definitely seems like a possibility.
Any new music from Kanye is a gift, but nothing compares to new old Kanye music. This Kanye demo tape recently surfaced, and features tracks that he made in 2001, pre-College Dropout. Many of the songs we have already heard or are older versions of songs from The College Dropout, but there are also some never-before-heard tracks. It’s not that I don’t like Kanye’s new music, it’s just that his older stuff was different. Check it out for yourself below.
Listen on HotNewHipHop: http://www.hotnewhiphop.com/kanye-west-2001-demo-tape-mixtape.82450.html
In an interview with Power 106 LA earlier today, Kid Cudi announced that he has left G.O.O.D. Music. He claims that this is purely a business decision, not the result of a beef with anyone on the G.O.O.D. roster. Cudi stated that he wants to “start his own direction” and “try new things as an artist.” There is also speculation that Cudder wants to focus on developing his protégé, King Chip. No G.O.O.D. artists were informed of the decision before today except for label boss Kanye West. According to Cudi’s interview, Kanye is alright with the move, saying “Man, I feel you. It’s cool.”
Listen to Kid Cudi’s Interview with 106 Power LA:
- Kid Cudi announces his G.O.O.D. Music departure (itsstrictly.com)