As much as Kanye deserves all the shit he gets for blatantly disregarding others, sometimes I feel bad for him. Any antagonistic, post-VMA sentiment I held towards the man was promptly knocked off the sky-high saddle I was sitting upon earlier, when this especially touching studio version of his 2008 Grammy performance of “Hey Mama” glided into rotation. The original was always my sh#t — and a favorite of my moms, too — but this expose of orchestra-backed emotions is quite possibly the most open I’ve ever heard any rapper come across on wax. It gives me goosebumps. Real talk.
I told my man the other day, “If the music is good, the artist shouldn’t even matter.”
Once Kanye gets all his “power” back, we’re all in for a real treat.
And there’s plenty more of this vibe on Late Orchestration: Live at Abbey Road Studios.