Music Recommendation – Single – Big Sean ft. Drake and Kanye West, “Blessings”

BlessingsMost reactions to this song so far have been much unlike my own. Listeners have said this song has a great beat and weak verses. Meanwhile, I was impressed by each artist, mostly because of how surprised I am with Big Sean’s development up to this track. Most people call him things like “wack” and “not dope” (I’m not very up-to-date with the lingo of the young people), but I believe he has the ability to do what he does in “Blessings” on the rest of his album.

“IDFWU” has been a big hit, but Big Sean is still treated like three-day-old potato salad leftovers. He is dumped on like crazy, and while I may not be the biggest fan of his music and do agree his lyrics feel very empty, I have heard way worse. I was going into this song expecting it to be a “Hear It First” and I would briefly cover it, but all three rappers do a solid job of carrying a low-key and difficult beat to work with and make the best of what they are given.

Big Sean starts out slow but picks up quick and goes on about a typically-empty subject with easy rhymes. Both of his verses have good flow, but just don’t seem to be conveying anything. Drake, meanwhile, connects the song well with his chorus (though it is disappointing for Drake’s vocal skills) and his own more consistent middle verse. Kanye’s outro had my favorite verse on the song (that’s a first) and I just love the idea of a pre-school run by Kanye West. I would absolutely send my child there, no regrets.

It was hard for me to pick up any meaning from “Blessings”, but all three rappers make a good Hip-Hop radio hit and a song that will most likely achieve Billboard Hot 100 status. Before judging, I would hear it out; That was the only reason this made it to “recommendation” status. Overall, I would rate the song at:

7.5/10

This song is nothing new, but I like it and see the appeal. You can hear the new single first below:

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Hear It First – Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney, “FourFiveSeconds”

fourfivesecondsI cannot say I expected this song to be anything else than Kanye West trying to out-sing Rihanna (to no avail). Rihanna’s vocals may be the only tolerable part of this song (which takes up about half the song). The beat is minimalistic, comprising of an acoustic guitar stringing the same chords more than often.

While I will not talk about the lack of relevance the title has to the song, the subject as a whole is hard to decipher. The song disappoints quite a bit, at least by my standards. Much of the song is just noise layered on more noise, and Paul McCartney’s presence is virtually invisible (but then again, maybe that’s what we needed after his butchered vocals in “Only One”).

You can buy the song on iTunes here, or find your chance and hear it on YouTube before it is taken down (As History will call it, “The Streaming Struggle of 2015”):

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Hear It First – Kanye West ft. Paul McCartney, “Only One”

kanye-west_paul-mccartney_only-oneKanye West brings on Beatles-great Paul McCartney to create Only One after the rumored track by these two was to be named Piss On Your Grave. When hearing this song, the first thing I think is “Autotune” and T-Pain suggesting that Kanye West does not know how to use it. I will not say he is wrong.

The song is supposed to be from Kanye’s mother’s point of view, and the design of this song is much different from anything on Yeezus. Only One is unique and deep, making it feel like the Kanye West sound that listeners have wanted back for years. The keyboard that fades out the song is very throwback-y and the song as a whole feels like a fit for any age or listener.

Go ahead and hear it first below:

-Austin Heath

Hear It First – Tyga, 40 Mill

I actually think this is one of Tyga’s better tracks, but not really an appealing song to me. It was, however, partly produced by Kanye West. The beat is extremely original and would be impressive if put on any other artist’s track.

Since this is a Hear It First, I’ll let you listen and see what you think. For now you’ll have to go over to HotNewHipHop.com to get a good listen:

http://www.hotnewhiphop.com/tyga-40-mill-prod-by-kanye-west-and-mike-dean-new-song.1958284.html

-Austin Heath

Music Recommendation – Single – Justin Bieber ft. Kanye West and Raekwon, Runaway Love

Put this one in the list of craziest songs ever. Seriously, these three are together on a remix of Bieber’s Runaway Love. The song actually samples an older Wu-Tang Clan track, though I cannot quite remember which.

Raekwon has the best verse, but just enjoy the old Bieber voice hook. When I first heard this I thought it was a woman’s voice, then I remember this was his voice at one point. Kanye sounds pretty good, the song overall is decent but just the collaboration is in itself worth showing.

Overall, I would rate the song at 8.75/10. Both rap verses are solid, though the hook is hard to understand and the song itself can get a bit boring. Still worth a listen, check it out:

-Austin Heath