“G.O.O.D. Fridays” are back, now badly renamed “Every Friday.” So Friday before the weekend we were blessed with “Real Friends & No More Parties in LA (Snippet).” “Real Friends” is a minimal post-coke lament. The kind of tune that Ye proved himself master of with “808's & Heartbreaks”, but the kind of tune that would sound weak on that album. The echoey piano loop laid over a kick drum beat sets the perfect ambiance right away, and makes up for the too obvious lyrics. So even though he's whining like a 19 year-old dealer who just found out all his friends are in it for the drugs I still find myself feeling like I'm sitting on a pile of money laughing about people who tried to screw me over. It's not a bad song, just sub-par Kanye. The kind of thing you put on Soundcloud to start hyping your new album, which is to say it does it's job.
The more upbeat release was “Facts” from New Years Day, the first “Every Friday.” Probably a worse song than “Real Friends,” but Metro Boomin made a beat that rolls right, and Ye's taking big swings trying to hang with the youngsters which is exciting. “Yeezy Yeezy Yeezy just jumped over Jumpman” is funny the first time, but gets to sound pretty dumb on repeat. The shots at Nike are funny, as are the shots at Cosby and Steve Harvey which makes it clear that this song was put together recently, not archived and pulled out as filler for this pre-release stunt. He clarified via twitter that “Gave Lebron a Billi not to run awayyyy” was not a shot at Lebron, but it's a cool ass line.
Safe to assume that we'll get the full version of “No More Parties in LA” next Friday and Kendrick Lamar's on that, which is exciting. Apparently there's video of Kanye performing the song several years ago, so it's not a song about being over partying due to fatherhood, but it might be about being over partying with the Kardashians, which is understandable. He says the album, “Swish” is due February 11th, which is oddly a Thursday. I don't want to give anyone the impression that I don't love Yeezus, I have spent several nights screaming at people about his genius, but I'm gonna be bummed if the album sounds like what we've heard so far. It's not bad, it's just not the next level shit that I've come to expect from a Kanye West album release.
by Nathan Hankins (@NathanHMHankins)