Kanye West’s First Kendrick Lamar & Madlib Collabo Is Worth The Wait (Audio)
“I know some fans thought I wouldn’t rap like this again / But the writers block is over, MCs cancel your plans.” – Kanye West
Last Friday (January 8) Kanye West showcased the 2016 return of “G.O.O.D. Fridays” in the Ty Dolla $ign assisted-“Real Friends.” After the song finished playing on West’s site, the music moved to a record called “No More Parties In L.A.” Hearing the first Kendrick Lamar and Kanye West collaboration for the first times, many appetites were majorly whet.
This past Friday (January 15), Kanye West let a presumed G.O.O.D. Friday pass without music. It was West’s wife, Kim Kardashian West, who told fans that he was traveling internationally. The song was heavy on his mind though. Apparently, ‘Ye wrote 90 more bars to what is, officially, the first K-Dot x Yeezy pop-off.
Today (January 18), Heads hear the results for what may strike some as the most exciting Kanye West rapping since the My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy or Watch The Throne days (almost five years ago, at least). Moreover, the track is produced by Madlib (Kanye reportedly made the song’s intro), and the latest West song to sample Ghostface Killah’s “Mighty Healthy.”
“No More Parties In L.A.” deals with the opportunistic women Kendrick and Kanye both seem to encounter when they’ve “arrived.” Kendrick Lamar opens up, and largely presents the story from the perspective of the star-seeking woman. Kanye’s verse travels back to his early 2000s era, where he recalls his “Louis Vuitton Don” days. There, he remembers Andre 3000 and Lauryn Hill’s newly declared hiatuses, and how he searched for inspiration. The verse also references both of West’s children, mental health professionals, Amber Rose, Cam’ron, and the notorious Mulholland Drive in Santa Monica. Lastly, Kanye West connects his bars to those in “Real Friends,” making some real-time Rap.
After five years of postulating what a Kanye and Kendrick track might sound like (and longer, wondering how Madlib and ‘Ye would play out), this is it.