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)”


“She Wolf” as done in the style of HOT CHIP

Here is a great way to kick off your week, or a backwards way, depending on how you look at it. Hot Chip doing a cover of Shakira’s “She Wolf”. Oh, how I love the BBC live lounge sessions. There isn’t much to say about this gay club banger, other than she howls in this version are much less menacing than Shakira’s. So, Okay Squirrels, below you’ll find the yowling version of  “She Wolf” and the video of White Lies’ hilarious version of Kanye West’s “Love Lockdown” for good measure, also from the BBC live lounge.

Download Hot Chip “She Wolf”

“Bad Romance” as done in the style of LISSIE

Oh, Lissie girl. Why in the world would you do something like this? You know I love you. “Wedding Bells” and “Everywhere I go” are untouchable to me. So, why touch something as shitty as Lady HaHa’s GaGa’s “Bad Romance”?  I know it’s sort of okay to like that she-devil. But, I still have a bad taste in my mouth when it comes to Stefanie Germanotta, because she hasn’t given Bowie the credit he’s due— for her career.

Anyway, Lissie has managed to make the song slightly more listenable, but the alterna-country sweetheart could’ve done something more with the arrangement. Listen and Watch in horror awe above.