Fans agree that [artist id="1230523"]Kanye West[/artist] is back, but they can’t seem to agree on how they feel about that. The MC unveiled his latest single, “See Me Now,” on Wednesday, and since then, Kanye followers have being going back and forth about whether the track is on fire or a fail.
The song, which features soulful contributions from Beyoncé and Charlie Wilson, is expected to appear on his upcoming untitled album, but, for many, the song takes things back to the MC’s debut, College Dropout.
“Wow, it reminds me of College Dropout. Good to hear ‘Ye laugh!” Ezekiel wrote on West’s Kanye UniverseCity blog.
Bryan C.G. agreed: “This totally feel like your Dropout days. I love it.”
Some fans, such as Prolifik, are all about ‘Ye reviving the strings-laden throwback soul that kicked off his recording career. “Amazing! Classic flow, classic beats,” the fan wrote. “I miss that old College Dropout steez! Welcome back, ‘Ye.”
” ‘Ye is back!!!!” Tiffany wrote. “Hip Hop needs you so much!! You’re brilliant.”
While lots of online commenters are feeling the song, some of the MC’s fans aren’t seeing the appeal of “See Me Now.” “This song is hot garbage,” Luis Ariza declared on West’s Facebook page.
The Facebook post announcing the song scored more than 580 “likes” at press time, however, some fans were not on the “See Me Now” bandwagon. “[It's the] first song from Kanye that I have not liked,” Ariza wrote.
“This song needs major work,” Real Talk proclaimed on West’s blog. “I want harder beats and to be able to move my feet.”
Chad Jones also chimed in on Facebook: “Not feelin it. Huge Kanye fan and love the evolution in his music but the track is wack. Lyrics are nice but track is wack.”
” ‘Ye is the man, but this song is WEAK!!!” Wallace Leeth wrote.
Jay Yey Couture thought the G.O.O.D. Music lyricist was upstaged by fellow superstar Beyoncé and undermined by the instrumental. “Kanye will sell this fall, that’s for sure. However Beyoncé made this song!!!!!” the fan typed. “Kanye had too much time to come with … this [weak] beat … he could have did wayyyyy better.”
Yeezy might not have won over all his fans with the single, but he does have the opportunity to redeem himself on the awards-show stage: West will perform at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards , which air live September 12 at 9 p.m. The appearance marks his VMA return after a notorious onstage dustup with Taylor Swift, but it appears the rapper is taking the incident in stride. West closes “See Me Now” with the ad lib, “Uncle Charlie, by the way. And I’mma let you finish, but I got Beyoncé on the track.”
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The 27th annual MTV Video Music Awards will be broadcast live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on September 12 at 9 p.m. ET.