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I know I am a million years late on this. Mais, je m’en fiche! Deal with it jaja. This state of Kanye looks pretty genuine to me. But I don’t really care about that. I care about how AWESOME this performance is of “Run This Town”. I think, one of the best I’ve seen. Finally, Jay-Z steps out of his usual nonchalant stage stupor and is in this, for real. Could Kanye’s near tear state have anything to do with it? And it almost, ALMOST makes me wanna pay the big bucks to see Jay-Z in about a month. We’ll see.
Alright folks, gonna write this fast because I am off to see Telefon Tel Aviv in like, 30 minutes.
This is what I think:
It is pretty much the same effort as American Gangster. There are a few songs (the ones I am sharing after the jump) that have siiiiiiiiiiiick beats or a really good chorus. There are so many cameos: Kanye, Alicia Keys, Mr. Hudson, Drake, Kid Cudi, and even a dude from Empire of the Sun but, the star power doesn’t really make the album any better.
I LOVE “Venus vs Mars”. The beat is slow, sexy, and creates a wave like rhythm that is so grandiose that it stops conversation. Problem is, the lyrics SUCK. Mon dieu, the worst chorus ever. The equivalent of Beyoncé’s “it’s too big, it’s won’t fit yada yada yada”. There are defs hits on this album, the already released singles, “D.O.A.”, and “Run This Town” got nothing on “On to the Next One” and “Empire State of Mind”. But, Jay-Z is exactly as he says, “I’m not a businessman, I’m a business man!”. His level of innovation only goes so far when emotional investment isn’t solely put on producing this album…and it shows.