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Since SeptemBRRR 28 is almost upon us, a slew of leaks from The Appeal: Georgia’s Most Wanted have hit the interwebs. An initial blog post and personal favorite is “Haterade.” In it Gucci says to his haters, “I’m not listening. I’m not interested. My attention only focused on what I get.” Pharrell’s spaceman footprint is all over this record and Nicki Minaj is surprising effective, displaying a serious, toned down persona.

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“This is something special. This is something new.” Those are high expectations for any artist to live up to, but Kanye West and Co.’s “Lord Lord Lord” is definitely tiptoeing near those affirmations. “Lord Lord Lord” is another installment of Mr. West’s G.O.O.D. Friday series, where he promised via Twitter that he’d be releasing a new song each Friday until Christmas. To quote the man himself, “I’m calling it good Fridays. Y’all know every Friday y’all gone have a new joint from our family. We look at the game completely different now.”

Word.

The instrumental, which heavily sample Nas’ “Find Your Wealth”, is layered with silky synths and a heavy jazz beat. Mos Def’s opening verse stream of consciousness about the wonders of life suits the dreamy track. Kanye’s take is more of an appreciation for the female form, “Her heels set the mood/ where did you acquire those are liars/ when I met you I heard Jesus bells, strings and a choir.”Charlie Wilson’s contribution doesn’t sound as out of place as his previous G.O.O.D. Friday features.

The song is close to perfect until Swizz Beatz walks in with his lackluster verse. His interpretation of a Jay-Z verse fails miserably around the heavyweights around him. Luckily, the two-minute outro reverts from the previous speed bump and coasts smoothly until the end.

Grade:A-

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There are two discussion pieces that you’re bound to hear in any new Kanye West song: his “I am an asshole” mantra and some reference to Satan. With “Devil in a New Dress” you get both served on a rusted copper dish, varnished with sin. It’s a love song, for the illuminati kind, but a love song nonetheless. Kanye croons, “The way you look should be a sin, you my sensation/ I know I’m preaching to the congregation/ We love Jesus but you done learned a lot from Satan.”

As far as production goes, this is one of the standout tracks from Kanye’s weekly “G.O.O.D. Fridays” installment. The groovy baseline dances in time with the steady percussion, before a crash of symbols break up the waltz, only for it to start all over again.

Kanye West\’s \”Devil in a New Dress\”

Music Source: Kanye Universecity

Ever since Taylor-gate 2009, Kanye West’s name has been synonymous with the term monster. In good form, the “International Asshole” has decided to take the “if you can’t beat them, join them” route with a new track entitled “Monster”. This track, along with the “Power” remix, will be on 5-song collaboration EP with Jay-Z called Watch the Throne. Tagging along for this monster-mash is Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, and Bon Iver’s, Justin Vernon.

P.S.: All Hail Queen Minaj.

\”Monster\” Feat. Rick Ross, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Bon Iver

When I first heard Cee Lo Green’s “Fuck You”, I thought to myself that “hand’s down this is the best song of 2010 and nothing this year would be able to top this.” I was wrong. Something did top it. The “Fuck You” video.

It’s heartwarming to watch the journey of little Cee Lo to College Cee-Lo trying to get “the Heartbreaker”, but in the end failing miserably. On the bright side, after it’s all over little Cee-Lo turns into a Lady Killer and has more than enough money to buy as many girls as he wants to. That was the moral of the story…right?

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Good music is able to transcend all platforms, whether it’s musical or language barriers. “Sara” is one of those songs. Sung by, Rwanda based The Good Ones’, “Sara” is acoustically warm and sung in a three man harmony. Although, I don’t understand the language I can only imagine that the “Sara” being sung about is a lost love. Not lost in the sense of a woman that moved on to another man, but a woman who had to leave for alternative reasons.

The Good Ones \”Sara\”

Every year 2 or so years, there a song that exemplifies male frustration towards the opposite sex. In 2005 Kanye West’s “Golddigger” was the song, a tale about a money hungry female that entraps a wealthy male. Then in 2007, Timbaland made a similar song with “The Way I Are”, simply asking the girl that he was with to take him just like he was. Now it’s 2010 and us men are a lot more bolder with our choice of words.

Cee Lo Green’s “F*&K You” is a happy go lucky track with an opposite lyrical undertone, which is why it’s so fun to sing. The unfortunate thing about the song is that it may never touch the radio waves because of it’s expletive title and lyrics, but if corporate America doesn’t like it “f&%k ’em”.

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Weird. That’s a pretty simple, but accurate way to explain MGMT’s “Congratulations” video. It has the band walking across a scorching desert with a mutant-like creature who starts losing limbs throughout the whole ordeal. For some, it may be a bit depressing watching the cute hairless monster become deformed, but sadly for me it was hilarious. I always look forward to watching MGMT videos because, in the end, they are always entertaining.

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Remixes have lost their flair. Back in the Bad Boy era, a remix would be a whole different take on the song. New instrumental, different plot line, and of course, new collaborators. Nowadays, remixes are the same exact track with a couple of new features from “in right now” rappers. That is why when Kanye revealed that he would be releasing a remix to his first single Power, I was a bit worrisome, but luckily, Kanye never let’s me down (College Dropout Reference).

Synths open up the track before Jay comes in with a lackluster verse comparing Kanye to Axl Rose and giving a little bit of a self motivational speech. Afterwards is when things really heat up. Kanye begins by continuing where Jay left off. Giving the listeners the knowledge to discover that the “power” is in our own hands and we can do whatever we want with it. From there the beat abruptly cuts off and Swizz Beatz begs Kanye rip the listener’s a new one.

And that he does.

The already tweaked “Power” instrumental turns into a whole other new song with Snap’s “I’ve Got the Power” laying down the groundwork. And of course, Kanye’s cockiness goes into overdrive and all you cans say is “Did he just say that?”

\”Power\” Feat. Jay-Z and Swizz Beatz

If Drake stands for “Do Right And Kill Everything”, I wonder what Nico stands for. I’ll figure that out later. Anyway, October’s Very Own has returned with his third single off of his chart breaking debut album, Thank Me Later. The “Miss Me” video features the now incarcerated Lil Wayne. For all you Wayneheads, he has not been released; they shot this video before he went into the slammer. Once again, Anthony Mandler is behind the video, which is why it has a similar dark undertone like: “Over” and “Find Your Love”.  Anhony’s idea of having Lil Wayne being portrayed as Drake’s guardian angel is brilliant. Bravo.

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