I saw a party flyer with Dr. Martin Luther King dabbing this weekend, so I’m not in the best mood. Thankfully, things are looking up because the Kardashian-West family kept their promise and made today a G.O.O.D. Monday by dropping the full version of Kanye’s Kendrick Lamar duet “No More Parties in L.A.”
A brief snippet of the Madlib-produced track was released along with “Real Friends” last week to, if not fanfare, happy murmurs indicating hope that the old Kanye might be back. By “old” Kanye, I refer to the perfectionist producer and performer who was always very serious about his music, but managed to never take himself too seriously.
That feeling continues with “No More Parties.” ‘Ye and Kendrick trade verses over a familiar Ghostface vocal sample, guitar stabs, and a bass line that warms your entire body like a shot of moonshine. The reportedly five-year-old collaboration holds up well, with the glow from the pre-Yeezus warmth permeating through the hard, self-serious veneer that has been associated with Mr. West for the past few years. ‘Ye goes absolutely nuts on an updated verse to close out the track, warning the competition that his long-rumored writer’s block is broken.
At this point, we don’t know where these songs will land, or if they will continue on a (semi) weekly basis, but there’s at least some positive momentum building toward SWISH, which is a more important album for Kanye’s career than he or his fans may be willing to admit.
While Yeezus was Kanye in angry, f*ck you mode, and clearly not meant to be a commercial hit, it was the closest thing he’s come to a brick. Two of those in a row adds up to the perennial winner’s first big musical L, over the course of a long, risk-taking, career. For now, the fans are the winners, with the addition of two new Kanye tunes in two weeks to our playlists. Let’s take these blessings as they come whether it’s G.O.O.D. Friday or Monday.