Kanye West – No More Parties in L.A. (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar rapping over a Madlib beat? What could go wrong?
Absolutely nothing. The track’s just brilliant. Kanye kicks proceedings off with the catchy hook before Kendrick takes the first verse, exhibiting both his wordplay and incredible technical abilities.
“The opportunity, the proper top of breast and booty cheek
The pop community, I mean these bitches come with union fee
And I want two of these, moving units through consumer streets
Then my shoe released, she was kicking in gratuity”
As stellar as Kendrick’s verse is, Kanye one-ups him both lyrically and technically. 3:30 minutes of straight rapping from Kanye, this is for hip-hop purists and fans of his earlier work. Something he addresses directly, in fact.
“I know some fans who thought I wouldn’t rap like this again
But the writer’s block is over, emcees cancel your plans”
It’s not all business though as Kanye drops a few typical humorous lines such as “I be worried ‘bout my daughter, I be worried ‘bout Kim, but Saint is Baby Ye I ain’t worried ‘bout him” and “Pink fur got Nori dressing like Cam”.
Production wise, it’s Madlib. You’re guaranteed upper echelon and the Junie Morrison sample that drives the song is incredible. The production isn’t all golden with the Larry Graham sample before the final hook feeling shoehorned in but Kanye’s utilised this technique a few times in recent works so he’ll have to take the blame for that one.
All in all, it’s a real top drawer track. Logically, pure hip-hop was the best direction for Kanye after Yeezus and if WAVES (should that still be the title come launch) is up to this standard, we’re in for a real treat.