[pullquote quote="He's looking forward but reaching back, which is interesting." credit=" Q-Tip on Kanye West's new sound"]
Mr. [lastfm]Kanye West[/lastfm] is in the building and wants you to know that he’s never left or forgotten his old school hip-hop roots; he had a life-changing year full of scandal, intrigue and a less-than-popular electro-pop album, 808s & Heartbreaks. But [lastfm]Tribe Called Quest[/lastfm] MC, and collaborator, [lastfm]Q-Tip[/lastfm], says that Professor Yeezy has come to school us with grown-up versions of the sound found in older albums, College Dropout and Graduation.
[pullquote quote="Everyone says all great art comes from pain, but I think my greatest art comes from excitement and joy." credit="Kanye West"]
Q-Tip described Kanye West’s new album to XXL magazine:
This album is, in a good way, going backwards. He’s such an artist. He knows exactly what he’s doing. When he did [808s & Heartbreak], that was such a departure from College Dropout. But now he’s stepping backwards, so this album will be more of a sonic extension of College Dropout and Graduation, but he’s doing it with a new attitude. He’s looking forward but reaching back, which is interesting. It’s a calculated toe in yesterday’s water, if that makes any sense at all.
West’s own perspective on his project is incredibly poignant:
Everyone says all great art comes from pain, but I think my greatest art comes from excitement and joy. It’s a completely different perspective about being extremely excited about stuff that is only cool to me.
The public has been able to sample West’s new sound with his Good Friday project that has included tracks like “Monster,” featuring [lastfm]Jay-Z[/lastfm], [lastfm]Rick Ross[/lastfm] and [lastfm]Nicki Minaj[/lastfm]:
“Devil in a New Dress”:
and “G.O.O.D. Friday,” featuring [lastfm]Common[/lastfm], [lastfm]Pusha T[/lastfm], [lastfm]Kid Cudi[/lastfm], [lastfm]Big Sean [/lastfm]and [lastfm]Charlie Wilson[/lastfm]:
Our favorite is “Runaway Love” with J. Biebs!
- What’s been your favorite Good Friday song so far? Let us know in the comments!