M.I.A – Bring Tha Noize (6/10)
A fairly enjoyable arrangement of organised chaos. The word “maximalist” has been thrown about a fair bit in the past year or so with Rustie, TNGHT and Lockah, but this is maximalist in the sense that it’s just a lot; a lot to hear at once and fully take in, it’s…
I came across this thanks to a combination of Twitter and tags.
Being the most unlikely Kanye West fan, I had to reply. Yeezus is an incredible album, and although not the best track in my opinion, ‘Black Skinhead’ is still great. To paraphrase the late Lou Reed; “If you like music, listen to what this man is giving you”. I used to think he was arrogant and all the other rap cliches, but this album has cemented his genius. He has worked himself to the bone for over a decade - churning out new music and lyrics whilst pursuing other interests with the same fervent dedication - and earned himself one of the most incredible platforms in the world, then chosen not to abuse it. Instead of pursuing records, Benjamins and mass appeal, he has done something incredibly new and fresh, and, arguably, created the only true mainstream hip hop record of the last five or so years. No other artist in his position has ever done that, ever. A much welcomed cure to our pop formulas and A$AP something or others. This is how you earn bragging rights. You can’t buy into that luxury now, Kanye has highlighted all the pretenders and big label golden boys and cut them down to size. He didn’t even need a big name cameo (Justin Vernon is even warped beyond recognition). He can say whatever he wants, my tuts and sighs have turned into genuine admiration for his vision, talent and belief in himself.
And as for the Bloody Beetroots record, I love that guy. A multi-instrumentalist who has earned his stripes over the years wants to make a perfect EDM record, and pulls it off. Hats off again for technical ability, and sheer determination to survive in such a difficult industry - especially when your a hardcore kid at heart.
I do agree that Ata Kak tune is ace, and that Kitty tune is beyond dreadful.