Some thoughts on the most recent matchups:
Crack Music vs New Slaves
Great matchup considering it shows how Kanye’s views of being black in America has evolved over time. I definitely see the optimism in Crack Music, but optimism doesn’t exist in 2018. New Slaves takes it for me.
Flashing Lights vs Famous
I can’t separate Flashing from cruising through Liberty City in GTA IV, but that’s all I got for it. I’m of the opinion that Graduation is a lesser Kanye work as it’s sandwiched between the mature Late Registration and 808’s, possibly his most influential work ever. Famous, on the other hand, is a wonderfully provocative look at what modern celebrity means, and the drama surrounding it only serves to imbue the song with further meaning. It also brings strong Kiss Land-era Weeknd vibes, which I fux with. Famous wins.
Big Brother vs Love Lockdown
I honestly had to relisten to Big Brother to remember it, whereas Love Lockdown is an excellent track off an album that basically gave Drake the blueprint for his career. No contest, Love Lockdown.
Through the Wire vs No Church in the Wild
Wire is simply iconic, heralding not only Kanye, but also mainstreaming backpack rap and patenting Chipmunk-Soul samples. The first time I heard it I was entranced, and I knew Kanye was going to be one of my faves. I was also a kid growing up in the Chicago suburbs, so I might have been a bit biased. Church, let’s be honest, is only decent because of Frank Ocean. Wire wins by first-round TKO.
Now feel free to tell me I’m wrong everybody!