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Not because Mr. West is a genius (or a God as he proclaims on one track from his latest full-length), but because Yeezy himself is just as interested at mining and borrowing the past as the rest of us. He's just about a million times better at sonically sampling it (and he probably has better taste) than the rest of us. I mean the dude summoned Brenda Russell, The Marvelettes, Tupac, and Biggie for some of the breats on Jay-Z's The Blueprint 2, for heaven's sake.
I was immediately grabbed by the Nina Simone sample on "Blood On The Leaves," and while I'm more familiar with Billy Holiday's performance from a late 1930's recording, West managed to take one of the most important songs about racism and violence in America and make it into a haunting, yet still poignant banger (yes, I wrote "banger").
I don't really care about all the artistic interpretations surrounding Yeezy's work. I don't care how polarizing or dumb he may or may not be for impregnating a Kardashian (face palm), but I love the idea of him listening and hearing stacks and stacks of songs, then somehow picking the best parts and making them new.
Leilani - Spanish Prisoners, Gold Fools (2011)
This album slipped right by me when it came out a few years back, and I was only turned onto it recently because I have good music fan friends. I'm totally and utterly hooked to the Brooklyn band's mix of dream pop and dance-inducing indie rock, the breezy tastefully layered instrumentals on this album a combination of sublime hazy melodies, light grooving ominousness and heady experimentalism build with warped and watery guitar notes, easy elastic lowend, Krauty rhythms, lots of percussion stuff, unidentified sonic flotsam, and dreamy cooing vocals. Take a listen to favorite track "Slow Decay" below.
Andrew - Kool & Kass, "Pleasance (WDGAF)"
Maybe its the elevator music production, the Mike Jones-esque Satan-voiced hook, or the overall satire of modern rap nihilism, but this ode to not giving a fuck has been on the regular rotay for the past few days. Former half of Das Racist, Kool A.D. has been holding it down with a steady slew of hit or miss mixtape material since the group's breakup last year, but this tag-team effort with label mate Kassa Overall is pure gold. Kass puts in 16 bars of lazy deprecation equally aimed at the rap game and himself, while A.D. doles out his signature free-association wordplay before they both trade wisdom lines like "Give a fuck about your whip if your parents copped it / Give a fuck if you got bitches if you're Clarence Thomas" and the last on the song, "I gotta think about some shit to not give a fuck about / And punch that in, or maybe not, that was dope." Click here to check out the twosome's mixtape.