How Good Is Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Friday Series? [AIM & Fire]

Thank God it’s Friday. Not only does that signal the end of the school and work week, but, of course, it means another addition to Kanye West’s weekly G.O.O.D. Friday Music series. For the past seven weeks, the Chicago producer/rapper has been holding true to his word and been blessin’ his fans with new music every Friday. Ever since the series kicked off on August 20, you can’t walk down the hallways of the XXL offices without hearing someone rockin’ out to that G.O.O.D. Music. But how do these new songs rank in the grand scheme of things? A few of the XXL staff jumped on AOL Instant Messenger to rate Mr. West’s latest tracks and speak their piece on all things G.O.O.D. Fridays related. Peep game. 

Jesse Gissen: Aight everybody, you ready to talk about some Kanye? As you all know, this week’s discussion is on Kanye’s GOOD Friday tracks

Jesse: First off, what is everyone’s general consensus of the songs so far?

Anslem Samuel: #Classic

Matt Barone: Pretty much the best new rap songs we’ve heard over the last couple months

Rob Markman: So far the GOOD Fridays leaks are shaping up to be better than most albums that dropped this year

Adam Fleisher: He’s raising the bar for everyone

Matt: On a consistent basis

Adam: Every song is like 6, 7 minutes and dope throughout

Jesse: Anyone dislike?

Anslem: Kanye makes the game exciting. From the songs with big names, beats and the SNL performance

Brooklyne Gipson: Awesome… Everything has been dope so far

Jesse: Anyone think the songs are overrated?

Thomas Golianopoulos: Not trying to be a contrarian but are these songs better than his old albums?

Matt: I think they can be overlong at times, but they feel like tracks made more for the fun of it, so their lengths don’t bother me

Rob: Right, these GOOD Friday leaks sound like they come from bigger sessions where anything goes

Thomas: Are they better than “Can’t Tell Me Nothin’?” “School Spirit?” “The Glory?” …nope

Jesse: My only concern is that i think some of the songs dont equal the sum of its parts

Anslem: Put these songs together for a mixtape when it’s done and you won’t skip much. Imagine if these are his throwaways wtf does he have for the album

Jesse: Does anyone else think some of the artists don’t belong on some of the tracks?

Matt: I’m mad that Rza’s part on “I’m So Appalled” is unbearable to listen to, and that’s coming from the biggest Wu-Tang fan around

Anslem: Fo sho. Like Lloyd Banks #NoShots didn’t bring much to “Christian Dior” IMHO

Thomas: I thought he was the best on that song

Matt: “I’m So Appalled” is my favorite of the bunch, despite the awful Rza part

Anslem: What was wrong with RZA’s part all he did was the hook

Matt: I wanted him to rap, and it seemed unnecessary for him to be on it

Matt: I’m just too critical because i was hoping to hear some of his raps that I love and most others don’t, Haha

Adam: I loved RZA just shouting on the end of that actually. 30 WHITE BITCHES…THIS SHIT IS RIDIKALOUS

Jesse: Rza lisp >

Matt: Actually, “Monster” is one of the songs, right? That’s the best of the bunch, if so

Rob: Actually “Monster” is THE BEST of the bunch. I Agree with Matt

Jesse: What do you guys think? What is the best GOOD Friday song so far

Brooklyne: “Monster”… but who had the best verse? (You know who my vote goes to)


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  • CRZA

    IMHO….”Lord, Lord, Lord” was the worst track of the series. I have no interest in hearing that song again. Rank = Dead last.

    “Monster” was hot, and I agree, Nicki murdered that track. The voices definitely add to her verse, although a whole cd of voices…eehhhh. Ye did his thing too, “Have you ever had sex with a pharaoh…ahhh, put the pussy in a sarcophagus”. Rank = Third

    “Good Friday” – Cudi of course did his thing on the hook…”I know the city gettin’ ready for me”. It was easily the second hottest track in my opinion. Rank = Second

    “Devil in a new dress” – is smooth, I love the beat and Ye’s flow. Plus I know a female like that, so a brotha can relate. “Power (Remix)” – Jay and Kanye, how could you not like this song. Both are tied fourth (easily better than anything else on the radio, but when comparing the series it’s tough). They’re tied in my opinion cause I like them both for different reasons. “New Dress” – is just so laid back and smooth, while “Power” just gets me hype.

    “So Appalled” – ehhh….it was a good track, and I agree RZA (thumbs down)…he didn’t need to be on there. Rank = Sixth

    While the XXL staff wasn’t feeling “Christian Dior Denim Flow”, is beyond my understanding. I don’t know why Ye decided to tape his verse over the phone like Shyne, but it doesn’t take away from the track too much. Although, I don’t think everyone got enough time on the track; but who really wants to listen to a 10 minute track. Rank = First

  • John Cochran

    I like them all, why do we always have to rank things. Enjoy the music. If these songs were an album, minus maybe a few features( I dont have a problem with Rza, Swizz gets annoying though), it would be great. Yall just noticed the Jay Z complaints. Thats the one reason why I have felt much of his recent stuff, he doesnt talk about anything but how he’s the greatest and we should bow and worship. His verse on that Usher song is the best veerse I’ve heard from him since BP3.

  • Opal Ellyse

    I love Kanye and pretty much anything ROC Nation. . . Jay, Ye, Cole, Rhi, and BK. . . put me on the team:) #soserious

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  • BeerGangsta

    This should be Kayne best piece of work. Lot of good feature. This is how you get good Record Sells!!

  • No Name

    I take it that the Runaway Love Remix was discounted ’cause it has Beiber on it. Oh well, typical elitist thinking. I still think it’s an okay joint.

  • http://yahoo L is king

    what about see me now w/beyonce

  • http://yahoo L is king

    blue dress is the best song so far, but these few songs are better than Drake’s whole album

  • Nicholas

    the reason not that many people like Lord Lord Lord is cuz swizz sucks he should stick to producing

  • black jesus

    so appalled was great. champaign wishes, 30 white bitches, this shit is fuckin ridiculous. thats a champions anthem.

    cudi killed the hook on good friday.

    the rest are unimpressive to wack.

  • King_Jaffe_J

    ya some dick riders…PUSHA T had the best verses PERIOD POINT BLANK

  • yoprince

    best line:

    “My niggas is home, I guess I got everything…”
    - Beyonce


    Nicki’s verse is epic tho. entertaining, energetic, creative, boastful, and she murdered two of the best doing it.

    i don’t feel like ranking the songs, not b/c it’s not a fun, valid discussion but b/c it’s too difficult. so appalled is somewhere near the top and the one with lloyd banks is certainly on the bottom, at least partly due to kanye phoning it in.

    fun ‘fact’: kanye has now made one series of music better than 2/3 of jay-z’s ‘esteemed’ blueprint series. ha!

  • Q461

    I’m split down the middle on these.. I like Monster, Devil in a New Dress, GOOD friday, and Lord Lord Lord. Unimpressed by the Christian Dior shit, the Power remix and So Appalled, but maybe they will grow on me later on.

    lookin forward to this Kanye joint next month yo.

  • Dj Kay Slay

    Wow! He copied Crooked I, NIIIICCEE, fuck kanye!

  • Q!thaGreat!

    all of the tracks were hella nice! crazy!!!
    even the Bieber track was nice. It was cool to hear Mos Def and Raekwon again, plus Charlie wilson on the hooks!!! that is crazy!!! Uncle Charlie still got it! I think he should get Crooked I on one of these weeks!! that would be the sh!t!

  • Tim

    Don’t Stop is the best Good Friday track…but that just dropped yesterday haha.

    One of the best verses came from Jay-Z, but on So Appalled. That verse was killer. That and his verse on the Power remix.

    I don’t like Monster, I think it’s just ok.

  • jonny bizness

    The G.O.O.D friday series has been a revelation.Yeah other artists have done it before but no where near this standard.Out of all the joints So appalled stands out with devil in a blue dress coming a close favourite line is “all of y’all can suck my balls thru my drawls” Seriously guys with the crs joint last night i’d go as far as saying IT IS better than recovery!!!!!!!!!

  • Dick B.

    Pretty much all the songs are wack. I voted for Lord Lord Lord just because it has Rae & Mos but even that song itn’t all that good. Lately Raekwon has been making some questionable guest appearances, not that his verses are some garbage or anything, but Justin Beiber come on man.
    I haven’t and probably won’t take the time to download the songs, not even worthy of being in my iPod Library.

  • original Will

    “I didnt think Lloyd Banks brought much to christian Dior Denim Flow”

    That Anslem dude is tripping everybody I knows hate that song which I love but They say Banks had the best part and was the only reason they liked it its obvious that anslem dude is a baccpacc rapper fan who dont like when gangsta rappers and conscience rappers mix together

    I mean That line where he was like “Nigga make some money before you make a comment” Had twitter trending like a mofo

    i mean if you felt lloyd didnt bring much to the song that means that you think Ryan leslie and kanye part were better than his The only part that you can argue that was better was Pusha T but to say out of all the people on there dude was the worst that is Shots my nig

  • megulito

    so appalled 1
    power remix 2
    monster 4
    other places can be arranged how ever also what cuz we only root for the under dog we cant say jay killed power and appaled hell i even like the shots at beans on monster but nikki had that track

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  • isaac hooble

    TOP 5:
    1. G.O.O.D. Friday
    2. Christian Dior Denim Flow (cudi kills)
    3. Lookin’ For Trouble (SO MANY GREAT VERSES)
    4. Don’t Stop (great beat)
    5. Don’t Look Down

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