Note-this is something I threw together on my tumblr last night while listening to the album. It’s sort of a stream of conciousness type post, but shellz read it and said I should throw it up on GBM, as is. So here it is…
I’m finally at home, with headphones.. just gonna throw a couple thoughts out there as i give this album a real thorough listen..i skimmed it earlier, and heard a few songs in full, and was able to catch some others thoughts on the album, here are mine.
No Church in the Wild – this is aight.. no one is really saying shit.. they seem to be trying to throw some “innovative” sounding ambient type shit on here.. sounds kind of better on headphones, the average listener may not catch some of the layers and it will probably sound boring like it did to me at work earlier. auto-tune ? Kewl. i guess it’s frank ocean, so it’s only cool when he does it on his album. THEN it’s awesome. right now tho ? also, this is kind of a bad choice for an opener, is it not ? kinda blah..
Lift Off – This is awful. Shellz predicted a “clusterfuck”, and this is the definitive cluster of fucks. it’s a forced pop record with a poor concept and worse execution. skip it. TML.
N****S in Paris – Lex Luger ? is that you ? Jay tries a bouncy flow here.. It sounds awful. This beat is crap. Casio Keyboard Rap. JAY STFU.. you sound like your trying to be Big Sean or something.. OH – and this chorus ? “that shit cra” ? WTF is this ? Kanye’s verse is equally disgusting. What are these old corny ass flows all about on this album ? I’m dying to skip this right now yo… is this club music ? is that what they play at “clubs?” WHOA… trent reznor breakdown .. this part is actually dope.. some cinematic shit.. they should have used this part more..
Gotta Have It .. interesting build.. more minimalist 808’s beats.. i hate this shit. more shit flows. the beat kinda bangs tho.. someone is gonna murder this shit.. ok – bars back and forth.. i kinda fuck with this.. one of the more conventional songs so far.. it seems they tried to “break new ground”, but traditional is dope..
New Day – THIS IS THE RZA ? no. this sounds like straight radio shit. maybe it’s the auto-tune. Oh yea, there’s more auto-tune. this is more conventional. some groove type shit.. nice smooth track.. Ye is spitting some real shit, talking something other than that uber rich dude schtick, i think that’s the first time on the album they weren’t straight stunting. Jay’s verse now. more talk about kids. neither of these dudes have kids tho. #Illuminati. ok.. nice little bit of instrumentation.. this one is aight too, i suppose. still nothing yet on the album that made me go “HOLY SHIT”.. i kind of expected that to happen more often. fuck this auto-tune shit too man. enough of this shit.
what is this bit of audio they keep playing between these songs ? sounds like they ripped off the score for “punch drunk love”.
That’s my Bitch – this seemed kind of cheesy to me when it dropped awhile ago, but the chorus was way catchy. it still is. i thought they changed this song more. i swear i read that somewhere. eh. fuck it. whoa what is this haddaway ass part in the bridge of the song ? wtf ? ok, jay’s verse now. standard stuff. jay ain’t really been saying shit lately huh ? i wonder if he’s gonna listen to this and wonder if he should hang it up ?
welcome to the jungle – oh shit. swizzy. *dances* YES. he’s rapping. wait, nah it’s just the hook. still, no one can ruin a song like swizz can, vocally. shouts to him. jay again with that corny flow. this is kinda dope tho.. but i fear i’m just reaching now because this is shaping up to be a tremendous disappointment if i’ve already heard the best song.. *GOD DAMMIT* (in swizz voice) but yeah.
Who Gon Stop Me- some bouncy bass.. ok.. this shit is kinda tough. reminds me of “haters” from bp3 (did ivan rott already say that ? maybe that’s why i thought that) but yea.. more silly sounding keyboards.. this one is kinda aight. maybe it would grow on me.. what kind of drugs were they on when they recorded this album? i can’t put my finger on it yet. #virginblood ? uh.. what is this techno bullshit? makes me feel like i’m in a lazertag arena. jay stuck to the g-code? and he’s old ? cool. even MORE comical keyboards.. oh, and some utter nonsense.. this sounds like more of trent reznors throwaways.
Murder to Excellence – ok now this is the “oh shit” song on the album. again, when they keep it traditional, it comes off perfect. when they do that weirdo industrial shit, i can’t fuck with that. but this ? this is just an amazing beat and arrangement and near perfect execution by both MC’s. this is the song that changes.. i sort of noticed this earlier,when i gave a couple shitty listens on my phone speaker.. this is crazy tho.. they strung these 2 similar beats together, and flipped the shit. it’s really the best song on the album so far, and it’s really not even a little bit close.
Made In America – yo LOL.. this sounds like Seal right now, fam. it’s cool tho.. sounds like the end credits song to some inspirational movie about immigrants who “made it in america”. kanye talking about his early career. basically he’s saying he’s the best dude ever. and that he’s rich. as soon as jay came on this made me think of “forever young”. this song is forever ruined now. jay says “UH” alot. if you can picture yourself belting this chorus out in the car, then this song seems painfully corny. i’m sorry.
Why I Love You – This hook is fucking crazy to me. “Oh shit” moment #2. now more rapping with no fucking drums. how dramatic do they want us to think this is. yo jay is taking some fucking shots at beans man. jay is addressing this shit. wow. he didn’t name names, but i pray beans is somewhere in philly with a pad and a pen, pacing a room with a beat on repeat. verse 2 is more jay. he isn’t done. wow. i’m fucking with this song. ye chimes in. but jay straight owns this track. it doesn’t even matter what kanye says on this song. this is up there with murder to excellence. not sure if it’s better, but i’ll get back to you.
Illest Motherfucker Alive – will the 2 minutes of silence be better than the last song ? nah.. it’s aight. the beat has this menacing piano thing that’s pretty dope. kanye sorta comes off corny to me here.. but i dunno. damn.. there’s this opera sounding vocal on the hook that’s real crazy. this is your average jay verse. entertaining and clever, but at it’s core – the same old shit. the chorus is banging tho.. i can picture explosions on stage and shit, nahmean ? did lex co produce this ? or they just bit his style ?
Otis – everything you need to read about Otis, you’ve already read.
Primetime – i like this.. i wish they would have done more like this..when they aren’t trying to be innovators, they actually can make some great rap music, and they end up sounding innovative by default, due to all the bad rap music we are accustomed to hearing. i can see this song really growing on me.
The Joy – i love this song. i’m glad they included it. one of the best tracks of last year.
also, i just ran back “why i love you” – does this remind you of something marshall would drop ? yuk. if jay wasn’t going in on beans, this might not be so great. but he is, so the fact the remains.
i won’t give this a rating, it’s too early. it’s highs are high, it’s low’s are very low. it’ll definitely get some spins, but unfortunately, there’s a lot of skippers.
Let us know what you think of #WTT in the comment section. Or just talk about tits. I’m good either way.