Published Aug 26, 2008Perhaps what I love most about hip-hop is its impulsive nature, especially a personality like Kanye West, who just gathers his chums and drops a hot track whenever he chooses.
So, what do you get when you take T.I., Jay-Z, Kanye and Lil Wayne and throw them on top of a West-produced joint that samples M.I.A.'s "Paper Planes"? Why it's the "RAP OLYMPIC TEAM!" Or so 'Ye boasts on his blog, which has the magic ability to read our minds: "I already know what you gone say... we need Jeezy also... I know... I'm sure that's gonna be the official remix." That wasn't what I was going to say but yeah, where the fuck is Jeezy?
Anywho, what I was going to say is that as much as this dream team provide the producer with some dope rhymes (hit: Mr. Carter's bit about skinny jeans; miss: Kanye's dissin' everybody by calling us pilgrims to his Christopher Columbus, who just so happened to be a mass murderer, no?) , this cut doesn't even deserve bronze, and maybe, just maybe, could squeeze in a fourth place finish. Something we Canadians know all too much about.
Other than the M.I.A. sample, which should have been so much more than "no one on the corner has swagger like us," 'Ye's production fizzles'n'flops, relying on a rolling drum loop that he likely threw together in three secs and declared "genius!," much like his lame-ass Columbus line. Plus, that synth riff is played and what's with using the vocoder on Weezy's gruff?
I will say that the concept is great, and who knows what that remix with Jeezy's gonna sound like; it could be golden. But knowing Kanye, all the criticism this is so obviously set to bring will damage his ego and hopefully make him mutter, "I'll show them!" Because we all know that when Mr. West is at his best, he can do anything, or so he keeps telling us...
T.I. feat. Jay-Z, Kanye West and Lil Wayne