Another Friday, another [artist id="1230523"]Kanye West[/artist]-helmed all-star collabo.
The hip-hop superstar’s latest weekly offering, “So Appalled,” continues his trend of packing a varied cast of big-name stars onto a single record. This week, ‘Ye recruited G.O.O.D. Music signee Pusha T, fellow MC/producer Swizz Beatz and rap luminary Jay-Z for repeat guest spots. Wu-Tang Clan ringleader RZA follows in the footsteps of Wu member Raekwon by dropping a G.O.O.D. Friday verse and newcomer Cyhi Da Prynce makes an appearance.
‘Ye tweeted Friday evening (September 24) that, unlike his recent free track “Lord Lord Lord,” which surfaced Saturday morning , G.O.O.D. Friday followers could expect a new song to kick off the weekend. “Good Friday actually coming on time this week!” he wrote. “We do this for our culture!”
“So Appalled” also differs from the soulful instrumentation and introspective lyricism of “Lord” on several fronts. Accompanied by gruesome artwork of a nude woman splayed on a white surface with blood streaming from her mouth, the song has a testy, restless vibe with midtempo rhythms and ominous shuddering strings.
Swizzy sets the track’s tone with ad-libs such as “one hand in the air, if you don’t really care” as West follows with bars like “We above the law, we don’t give a f— ’bout y’all/ I got dogs that’ll chew a f—ing hole through the wall.”
Jay takes jabs at ankle-biting MCs, launching his verse with, “How should I begin this?/ I’m just so offended/ How am I even mentioned by these f—in’ beginners?/ I’m so appalled/ I might buy the mall/ Just to show n—as how much more I have in store.” Hov spends most of his bars deconstructing the hate that surrounds outsize fame but poses the question, “Would you rather be underpaid or overrated?”
Push is up next with his own views on reaching the top, spitting, “Success is what you make it/ Take it how it come/ A half a mill in 20s like a billion where I’m from.”
Cyhi holds his own among an intimidating roster of established MCs with lines like “If God had an iPod, I’d be on his playlist” and “Thou shalt not hate, kid/ My movement is like the civil rights, I’m Ralph David/ Abernathy, so call my lady Rosa Parks/ I am nothing like them n—as, baby those are marks.”
RZA comes right in as Cyhi steps back, nearly clipping the end of his verse with bellows of “f—in’ ridiculous” riding out the track with rhymes like “Cars for the Mrs. and furs for the mistress/ You know that sh– is f—in’ ridiculous.”
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