Kanye West’s “Monster” Mash

Very recently, when I had come across an AV Club posting about a possible collabo of Kanye West and Bon Iver (a.k.a. Justin Vernon); I pretty much had thought of it as an idle threat. Oh, how wrong I was.

Kanye uncaged this “Monster” on his blog over the weekend, as part of “G.O.O.D. Fridays”. This track features, aside from Bon Iver, a diabolically insane line-up with Jay-Z, Rick Ross and Nicki Minaj.

Now, i’m reasonably sure, that an infinitesimal line has been crossed somewhere. The N.I.N.-like backing beat sounds all cavernously low-end. And I am still unsure if the programmed drums and minced vocal samples work in Monster’s favor or not. For a song that features Bon Iver “singing”, I was expecting to be more skinny loved than Kid Cudi’d. I mean, the track is listenable in theory, but Kanye’s and Jay-Z’s horrorcore verses creepily, sound more like threats than boasting in a horror-themed fashion. Let me not get started on Nicki Minaj’s warbling, long-winded rhyming.

According to Kanye, “Monster” is a track off his yet-to-be-titled new LP.

This song just leaves me wondering, what we’re in store for with that Raekwon and Justin Beiber track Kanye’s threatened us with.

Download Kanye West “Monster (Feat. Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Bon Iver & Nicki Minaj)”

The Libertines Reunite (Again)!

The Libertines

First, The Strokes and now The Libertines.  This sounds like this could be epic or a whole lot of shenanigans waiting to ensue. The Albion Kids are set to once again reunite for the Leeds and Reading Festivals over in the UK. There’s a rumor going around that all four likely lads are getting paid around £1.5 Million to play the two sets. I think I might sit this one out, but I would love a chance to visit Pete Doherty’s haunted Marlborough home to stage a gorilla style intervention. The Sun claims that The Libertines are considering more live shows and even writing new material together. But, consider the source and watch and see if Pete dodges jail time again, by august. Buy tickets here and here.