Hadn’t seen this thread earlier, so I’ll put up the places I disagreed with the podcast so far.
Last Call vs Hey Mama - Extremely close matchup for me, as it was for the trio, but I give the edge for Last Call for that insanely catchy “Here’s to the Roc” and the way he makes that 8 minutes story feel like a ton of fun to listen to. Totally get Hey Mama going forward though.
Devil in a New Dress vs Real Friends - No shade onto Devil in a New Dress, it’s a wonderful song, but Real Friends feels like exactly the kind of thing I want to see Kanye making, incredibly honest but perhaps not fully-self aware. The way he talks so much about how he’s a shitty friend yet gets choked up when people are shitty to him is sad in such a precise goddamn way.
Crack Music vs New Slaves - Basically what @Navster said way up top: it’s hard to be optimist at this point in time, and, that homophobic joke aside, I love how New Slaves is just wall-to-wall anger and frustration. It was one of the songs that got me into Kanye, and it’s probably going to the division finals for me.
Flashing Lights vs Famous - Between the Rihanna hook and the Sister Nancy sample, you could honestly argue this song has both of the catchiest, best sounding moments of the entire bracket so far, AND it has the incredible Kim K lore? Flashing Lights is a good song but there’s a whole lot from Graduation I feel more strongly about. This one felt surprisingly easy for me.
On another subject, are there many songs you feel frustrated didn’t make it in the bracket? Welcome to Heartbreak is probably my favorite 808s song and Lost in the World might be the best one in MBDTF: absolutely wild to me they, especially Lost in the World, are nowhere to be seen.
EDIT: wow did I choose a bad time to post this. That’s what I get for not checking Twitter.