What’s with Kanye West lately?

Not to run down my life story or anything, but I’ve had my share of issues with Kanye Tuda over the years. A few years ago, I spearheaded a campaign to have him banned from the 2005 Grammys for ethical reasons. Obviously it didn’t work, but it at least succeeded in getting the word out about the fact that he doesn’t write a lot of his own shit. Later, there was a story about it in the Riverfront Times, and it was also mentioned in stories in the L.A. Times and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

To be sure, it’s not like I’ve disliked everything the guy has done. In general, I find him to be an occasionally really good producer and an almost-always miserable rapper – except when he’s expounding on his barely disguised contempt for black women, as evidenced by his guest raps on The Game’s brilliant “Wouldn’t Get Far” and his infamous remake of Rich Boy’s “Throw Some Ds on That Bitch,” not to mention the fact that he travels around with a suitcase full of interracial black man on white woman pr0n.

As far as I’m concerned, “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” is pretty much an all around shit sandwich, but the thing that’s most bothersome about it is the fact that it was co-produced by DJ Toomp, the guy who produced T.I.’s “What You Know.” I don’t know if this was a case of Kanye figuring he’d be more likely to have a hit if his new single kinda sounded like a Rick Ross record, but it did strike me as odd that a guy like Kanye West, who’s considered a producer first and foremost, would outsource his own production to a bum like Toomp.

If you notice, Kanye Toodles has been doing a lot more rappin’ than he has been producing lately. And I’ll admit, for a while I was kinda with it. His guest verse on the remix of Ghostface’s “Back Like That,” which was included on More Fish, is some hilarious shit. As I noted before, I was also a big fan of his work on those Game and Rich Boy records. And for what it’s worth, he managed to hold his own alongside aged legends like KRS-One and Rakim on that dumbass Nike commercial they did with DJ Premier earlier this year.

According to the legendarily accurate Wikipedia Graduation will include production by the likes of Jon Brion, Sa-Ra, Dr. Dre, J Dilla, Pete Rock, and Just Blaze, in addition to the aforementioned DJ Toomp. Which can’t possibly bode well for the upcoming album, can it? Granted, most of those guys have done great work in the past, if not so much recently (think about it), but who really buys a Kanye West album to hear Toodles rappin’ over a buncha other peoples’ shit. If anything, you’d almost rather hear a buncha other people rappin’ over his own shit.

I’m not sure what sense it made, but this weekend Kanye released the video for “Can’t Tell Me Nothing,” which might even be worse than the song itself (I wasn’t even a big fan of it the first time, when it was called Madonna’s video for the song “Frozen”), as well as a mixtape where he raps over some indie rock songs such as Peter Bjorn & John’s ubiquitous “Young Folks” and the title track from Thom Yorke’s solo album The Eraser. I haven’t had a chance to check it out myself, but you get the idea that he’s basically resigned himself to kicking vaguely amusing guest verses over other peoples’ music.

Honestly, I’m not sure what to think.

  • Prince Rich City

    1st!!

  • http://xxlmag.com ToneFelone

    Maaannnnn. The fat muthafucka that write this column need to start spendin more time just listnin to tracks instead of pickin peanut butter and jelly sandwch crumbs off his shirt. U sound like a H-A-T-E-R. But u probly sayin HipHop is dead anyway so who give a fuck? Right??

  • http://poisonousparagraphs.blogspot.com/ Dart_Adams

    That’s weird…I loved the song AND the video. I guess that’s why folks call me the “Anti-Bol”, huh? One.

  • ONE50

    bol YOU’RE A LOSER. Kanye can put his music together anyway that he feel like. Ye’s sound is different. Which is good enough for me these days. I doubt if his album will sound anything llke a Rick Ross joint.

    You should have been a make up artist. Cause you sure act like one.

  • sojazzy

    kanYe is God

  • CEELOS

    yeah i feel cant tellme nothing track and the “classic” record. dude is lost. ie “i dont know what to think” ur looking into shit waayyyy too much. Dont think lay down before u hurt urself.HATER

  • NAPtown’sCROWN

    HATER

    A.M.H.

    CircleCityCommittee

  • Danny

    Bol Says:

    “legends like KRS-One”

    ^^^^
    Contradicting!!! lol

  • ishmizzy

    1sttttt kanye is that dude get over it

  • YAYA

    What the hell does ubiquitous mean? Peter Bjorn & John rock!

  • nineteen80sbaby

    Bol, u man but I can’t believe you called “can’t tell me nothing” a shit sandwich?

    That track is barrels of crack in a banana boat. Yeh, the video does kinda rip Madonna and the desert scene from “cant nobody hold me down” but dude at least its a change of pace.

    The mixtape is sick too, even with all the tehy ghey guys.

  • the two

    must hurt to have so much hate for so many people

  • http://xxlmag.com Bol

    >What the hell does ubiquitous mean?

    My bad. I forgot I work for motherfucking Highlights for Children.

  • Tyler

    Yea’ ‘dat “Can’t tell Me Noting” track is boring yo. . and why would U wanna cop a wack Madonna video unless U were coming outta tha’ closet? I like the shit they did over the Thom Yorke track but really I think they dick rode on ‘dat one cause I am the only black dude I know ‘dat listen 2 ‘dat Thom Yorke album which was pure fire unlike the Justin Timberlake album. I am the only black dude I know ‘dat been bangin’ RadioHead. Damn, my phone must be fuckin’ tap. Good post Bol.
    Lose Yo Mind AT:
    http://www.myspace.com/marcusorealiusmusic
    http://www.myspace.com/marcmaysrockandrollthug

  • http://xxlmag.com Bol

    >That’s weird…I loved the song AND the video. I guess that’s why folks call me the “Anti-Bol”, huh? One.

    Is that what your mom calls you?

  • smog

    That song is dope, heard it on the way to work and ive been singing it all day

  • http://www.first.com First

    I really can’t understand all the hate for Kanye. Though it’s not the most amazing song I’ve ever heard, Can’t Tell Me Nothing is better than most rap I’ve heard in 07. What’s all this talk about him being a wack rapper? He’s dope! If there’s anything I can agree with Bol on, it’s that he needs to do more producing. He’s top 5 all time in hip hop behind the boards . . maybe even top 3.

  • ONE50

    DJ TOOMP ISNT TRASH BOL YOU ARE A FUCKING IDIOT YOUR BLOGS ARE SO NEGATIVE AND RIDICULOUS..U FUCKIN SUCK

  • lukee lefty

    To whom much is given, much is tested
    Get arrested, guess until he get the message.

    Don’t ever fix your lips like collagen
    Say something you gon end up apologizing.

    those are some dope lines b, dope song weird ass video though Kanye’s album gonna be the best album this year.

  • Cinsere

    Danny Says:

    May 29th, 2007 at 12:36 pm
    Bol Says:

    “legends like KRS-One”

    ^^^^
    Contradicting!!! lol

    LMAO! Word…I thought KRS was a “crackhead”! lol

  • J S-O-T

    i agree with some shit Bol said, i would almost certainly rather hear Nas,Common etc etc rhymin’ over Kanye shit than Kanye himself but i must say there are alot of worse rappers out there than Kanye, an’ at least he speaks on real things, he’s just about tolerable at worse but he really can be quite good….

    Can’t tell me nothing is an’ amazing track

  • Kayne Stick to Beats!

    Kayne Stick to Beats! Your a average rapper with tight beats that fit your style. I hate when cats with little talent switch it up.

  • sdot

    >My bad. I forgot I work for motherfucking Highlights for Children.

    hahahahahahaha. wow.

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    “My bad. I forgot I work for motherfucking Highlights for Children.”

    ^
    niggas do not even know how funny that shit is.

  • jbrezze

    YOU ARE A HATER. Kanye is the only fool write now, not given the game VAPID MUSIC at this time..and what do you do..YOU HATE!! “Young Folks” creatively is on point…Can you give a brotha some points fa dat at least?? Because creativity is what the music is missing.
    ya a’ hata.

  • ONE50

    ^^^^

    that last on wasn’t me but I agree

  • ONE50

    ^^^^

    that last one wasn’t me but I agree

  • Cinsere

    lukee lefty Says:

    May 29th, 2007 at 1:00 pm
    To whom much is given, much is tested
    Get arrested, guess until he get the message.

    Don’t ever fix your lips like collagen
    Say something you gon end up apologizing.

    those are some dope lines b,i>

    Yeah…except he says “apologing”, not “apoloGIZing.” He also says “imagiNATEd”…*smh*

    And I thought saying “conversate” was bad…lol

  • lukee lefty

    yo bol, dj toomp also produced jeezy’s i luv it, a much better song than t.i.’s what you know.

  • Cinsere

    lukee lefty Says:

    May 29th, 2007 at 1:00 pm
    To whom much is given, much is tested
    Get arrested, guess until he get the message.

    Don’t ever fix your lips like collagen
    Say something you gon end up apologizing.

    those are some dope lines b

    Yeah…except he says “apologing”, not “apoloGIZing.” He also says “imagiNATEd”…*smh*

    And I thought saying “conversate” was bad…lol

  • J millz

    Byron…why you hate kanye, cause he’s more talented than you and not gay like you?… “Kanye Toodles”…WTF is that?!…

  • http://www.plasticsquirtguns.blogspot.com thoreauly77

    the track is better when the video is playing. does that make any sense? when i first heard the song, i thought it was pretty boring, but the audio and video compliment each other.

    *remembers to order Highlights for daughter*

    thanks bol!

  • lukee lefty

    lukee lefty Says:

    May 29th, 2007 at 1:34 pm
    yo bol, dj toomp also produced jeezy’s i luv it, a much better song than t.i.’s what you know.

    smh @ sombody using my name in vain What You Know > I Luv It

  • these posts are racist

    Bol Says:

    May 29th, 2007 at 12:47 pm
    >What the hell does ubiquitous mean?

    >My bad. I forgot I work for motherfucking Highlights for Children.

    That’s funny.

  • these posts are racist

    can’t tell me…is a great song. Kanye is a great rapper.

    Chicago, South side, stand up.

  • http://poisonousparagraphs.blogspot.com/ Dart_Adams

    Bol Says:

    May 29th, 2007 at 12:56 pm
    >That’s weird…I loved the song AND the video. I guess that’s why folks call me the “Anti-Bol”, huh? One.

    Is that what your mom calls you?

    Lame response. Back away slowly, son. It will all end in tears (for you) otherwise.

    One.

  • outya’self

    u just straight up hating

  • LaFaye

    >”My bad. I forgot I work for motherfucking Highlights for Children”

    BOL you took us back with that one and it mostly just flew right over the heads of these stans.

    Funny ish

  • OnPoint

    Man you are so off, no disrespect, but I wonder if you really ever knew anything about hiphop.

    You get much respect for being able to express your ideas in writing (however baseless they are) and your hustle of posting blogs to get enough people angry and clicking on xxlmag.com or your own blog, but it really seems like you dont put enough thought into a lot of your conclusions. Continued luck man.

  • LaFaye

    >”My bad. I forgot I work for motherfucking Highlights for Children”

    BOL you took us back with that one and it mostly went right over the heads of these stans.

    Funny ish!

  • http://www.myspace.com/jazz1 Jazz One

    Since XXL has a wack server and I’m always getting diff user names. Hey everybody come to my wack ass myspace page and listen to my wack ass songs that me and my friends think is hot.

  • http://www.myspace.com/jazz1 Jazz One

    Bol, shouldn’t you be patrolling a schoolyard in your “Free Candy” Mobile for all of those unsuspecting kids, right about now. Fuckin’ perv… I can’t wait to see you on the next “To Catch a Predator”.

  • these posts are racist

    Dude is a hater plain and simple

  • Classic

    I hate your life, you fat motherfucker. Even if you are a born hater, you’re not supposed to let that get in the way of your job, ask Benzino. Kanye would probably fuck you up.

  • Jason Murk

    I know these are the last days when a fag like Kanye west releases a song 100X harder than any song I’ve heard off of the upcoming Curtis” album.

    Fags making harder songs than supposed “gangsta rappers.” Wow. It’s the apcolypse!!!

  • T.R.E.Y.

    didn’t ‘Fest only write part of “Jesus Walks?” and that’s only one song too. and he was creditted. ya really like to reach with the assumptions maaan.

    and production-wise, Just and K are like cousins. album’s gonna be fiyah son, though i’m sure you’ll find some random-ass reason to hate on it

  • Boner Jams 03

    Man, i fuck with Thom Yorke and all his classic radiohead shit (ok computer is one of the best albums ever..PERIOD) but why did kanye and pharell and that weed carrier fuck that eraser beat up..i listen to cracker music to get away from rap..i don’t want them to meet!!thats like two of ya bitches meeting up..nothing good can come of it! i.e. that trash ass Jay-Z Linkin Park album…in the words of paul mooney: “i like my white people white”..don’t try to make every thing “hip-hop”…

  • boner jams 03

    Bol + Billy Sunday= Goofus and Gallant

  • DANJA29

    LMFAOOOOO @ “Highlights for Children”

    but Bol- you’re dead-ass wrong. I’m beginning to think that you just really have never been as much of a hip-hop fan as you’ve been a geek who likes to criticize it.

    And on the subject of Kanye allegedly “showing his deep hatred for black women” or whatever you said… come on now Bol. You’re the last person that needs to be commentin’ on any shit like that.

  • http://xxlmag.com Bol

    >Lame response. Back away slowly, son. It will all end in tears (for you) otherwise.

    Obviously I’ve touched some sort of nerve…

    Nullus!

  • Peezy P

    ur a hater man

  • Peezy P

    what hip hop artist DO u like?

  • Pat

    >”My bad. I forgot I work for motherfucking Highlights for Children”

    damm bol that was hard! (nullus)

  • http://xxlmag.com jrockya

    ye new video and single sounds tight to me.

  • Mr. Whats beef

    Bol is the man in a way, he don’t give two fucks what people think he’s gonna stand by his beliefs and has good points some of the time, but everybody has an opinion and i say kanye’s new track is nothing but pure FIRE. Bol your on you ron. oh least i rather read your blogs than noz, iono about billy.

  • THE UNDERWRITER

    I like the hook, actually. Took a few weeks, but I’m there. The beat is the coolest thing about it in my op.

    I think we’re expecting Yay to fix the game in a way that may be impossible. He’s gotta eat, and the best food is here in the Souf.

    Gotta disagree on Toomp being trash. “What You Know” was such a perfectly executed song that you have to give him equal credit with T.I.

  • BIGNAT

    KANYE MADE A SIMPLE VIDEO THATS LIKE A FUCKING MOVIE INTRO I LOVE IT. THE SONG IS VERY GOOD THIS IS HIS JESUS WALKS (FIRST ALBUM) HIS DIAMONDS FROM SIERRA LEONE (SECOND ALBUM). NOW WE MUST BE ON THE LOOK OUT FOR HIS NEXT SINGLE WHICH WILL BE VERY POP LIKE. (FIRST ALBUM) WORK OUT PLAN (SECOND ALBUM) GOLD DIGGER.

  • deucefive

    DAMN
    THEY HATING!!
    I THINK YOU JUST EARNED YOURSELF A PHD
    MY NIGGA!!!

  • tone

    woooow this boi guy is a haterrrrrr that song is fire and the video is different you hate on rappers because there doing the same thing and when someone does something different you hate on it also kanye is one of the best rappers out and producers and the cant tell me nothing beat doesnt sound anythingg like a rick ross record because the runners produce a lot of rick ross records dumbass

  • B.R.G.

    shut up hater, his new mixtape is bomb

  • lil jer

    this guy needs to think about what he says first. why does he get to write what he thinks. Kanye’s lyrics arent all literal. take an english class and then write articles

  • Young L

    SUCK MY HAIRY BALLS and his second single is great i have heard it and u know nothing abotuhip-hop as i have said b4 y do u even have ur own column u fat ass faggot

  • http://myspace.com/holysmokes paychexx

    B.ig Ol L.oser!!!!!
    you wish ya could do some things all these rappers and producers do. you a lame

  • BE

    BOL IS A BITCH!!..Always has..alawys will. XXL PLEASE take this guy off your site..his fat ass is a waste of space. I really don’t think Bol has any friends…go get a new job…a REAL job.

  • http://xxlmag.com troyel

    kwest is a great producer….I dont care what he does when he aint making music! CLASSIC BEATS!

  • Punchlines

    Hi Hater

  • Roy_Jnr

    Byron Crawford should join lil Cease in his jacuzzi………..
    FAGGOT

  • Malik C.

    In other Kanye news, he’s in a group with Lupe and Pharrell called CRS.

  • lowendMytheory00

    As usual, Bol hits the nail on the head.

  • kt

    I feel exactly what your saying Bol I do occsionally like some of the music but sometimes he sound like a wining ass arogant cat who to me personally isnt that nice at all to me he really is a amature mc how can you go from being all humble talking jesus walks to promoting materialism kids the anticrist on the low I bet ya hes really down with bush you notice they didnt shut his movement down like the dixie chicks

  • Carlito

    “..Hightlights for children.”

    HAHAHA. Nice shit.

  • duddydog662

    Toomp is no bum. WTF? Are you kidding me..Lost all credibility

  • http://hunter camron giles

    have u heard BROOKLYN feat JAY-Z & uNCLE MURDA

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Don of the Trap

    Hi too All my LAMES AND NERDS….It’s that boi Trap here with your hood words (since i’m still in the streets)for today.Bol didn’t I tell you to kill yourself for the sake of hip-hop it’ll help trust me. Anyway Ye is a good dude and we as hip-hop fans should stand by him cause he is the only one doing it and selling c.d’s. Bol you are a…how can i put it….Lame that needs his ass beat to sleep(also your homeboi sunday he can get it too…i dont care if he has a pic of his dead beat dad in the pin) yall be easy it’s hot down here in the south ya feel me?!?!

  • these posts are racist

    BOL-

    Have you heard your boy Lupe Fiasco on Ye’s mixtape? Wow…hot, fire. Even a certified hater such as yourself would find it hard to hate…

  • http://www.myfreepaysite.com EReal

    >”My bad. I forgot I work for motherfucking Highlights for Children”
    ^^^
    OMG that shit is so on point. LMAAAOOOO!

    This one is full of classics.
    “Kanye Toodles” (no Capo Status)
    “not to mention the fact that he travels around with a suitcase full of interracial black man on white woman pr0n.”
    ” barely disguised contempt for black women, “(Thats something Byron knows ALL about)

    The self back patting on the Kanye story. Hahaha, having it in Wiki isnt enough, huh Byron?

    Anyway I agree. He’s taking the Producer Artist thing too far, ala Swizzy. Some cats are artists first and foremost and not very good producers (Eminem) and some cats are producers foremost (Kanye, Swizz) and some can pull the double (Dre) but man, you hafta know your limits. Kanye has never specificly impressed my lyricaly and the best song i think i hears from him was to one he did in the kitchen on the Chapelle’s show with that gay ass backpack on. He’s definitley lost it. I almost supported this dude when his first video dropped, i was like word. Then dude got all arrogant and started crashing awards speeches and leaving case upon case of intterracial porn laying around to deny his homosexual preferences and I was not supportive anymore. I show no love for the homo thugs. So for the most part I agree, even tho this is a level unmatched by Byron before. Now he’s hating on his own, not just black women but ghey black men, when will you stop Byron??

    LOL @ Hello Byron, My names Chris Hanson.

    1 hunned, haters.

  • http://hiphopcartel Ian aka. Prodeuce

    Only thing I agree is unsure what to think about his next album with all of these guest producers. BUT, you sound like you just straight up hate Kanye. “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” is fire, listen to the words man and that beat is amplified by that sick vocal sample, it’s simple but with the lyrics, its GREAT.

    How can you hate Kanye as an artist? Have you heard “College Dropout” or “Late Registration”? LOL those albums beat wise are something mainstream rap hasn’t seen in years, and his lyrics that talk about other issues/thoughts that commercial rappers care not to discusss. Who cares if he carried inter-racial porno around with him LOL maybe thats his preference? I’d rather watch lesbian porn than guy on girl myself, my PREFERENCE.

    You need to get off his nuts, serious. All this hate will never turn good but as Ye said before something to do with hating or loving him “atleast yall feel somethin’”.

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  • sATaLyte

    Kanyegate = funniest website ever.

  • WARSAW

    THIS NIG GOT PROBLEMS. ENOUGH SAID :{

  • Roz

    Instead of a “Stop Snitching” campaign we need a “Stop Hating” campaign. I mean who goes out of there way to get someone banned from the Grammy’s. Can some1 say low self-esteem?

  • f

    kanye has the best mixtape on the street right now.he shits on niggaz albums with that.

  • Trojan585

    Man. I’m sick of this Kanye bashin man. Face it. He’s above you in everyway. The real hip-hop heads that have heard tracks off graduation have said it’s on another level. Just shut up! Why did XXL hire this dude. Sorry, man… but Kanye stays on top cuz people like you are so far behind to realize how groundbreaking he truly is!

  • http://www.xxlmag.com King Ben

    To the wannabe BOL that puts that as his name, quit that shit. BOL good post I feel what your saying but Kanye has released two good albums, Late regaistration is a damn good listen if not College Drop out. Over all good post.

  • Real talk

    The Can’t tell me noting mixtape is incerdible.

    No Homo, but that Joint with Farnsworth/UGK/Weezy is just….Wow

  • international_che

    “Can’t Tell Me Nuthin’” is a banger..combines down south side beats with North side knowledge…well besides the title being a double negative…the content of the song over-shadows anything Rick Ross ever put to paper…or most southern rappers for that matter…and I don’t see you knockin’ on these guys…Do I sense hate Bols…because that whole pickin’ on the biggest nigga you can find (a la cam’ron et dipset) ain’t cool anymore…plus the CRS track with tha Thom Yorke is cool..he ruined “young folks” tho’ (The original is go)..basically Bols wait for the album to be released before you critisize it…because doin’ it tha other way round is just ignorant.

  • http://www.alisbasement.com Ali

    your review is terrible. You’re just a hater. Listen to the beat carefully, it’s so simple, but so powerful, ‘Ye doesn’t need all the gimmicks to make hot beats. Also, check out “Stronger” on the mixtape, going to be the song of the summer. If you don’t get it, then you just don’t get it, move on to the next review.

  • TheGeneral

    Stop hating you fat ass fucker

  • orbital

    Bol, bol, bol. no matter what i read of yours, you always come across as the kid who couldnt rap / produce so has to hate on everyone who can, with a bullshit blog where every other sentence involves I hate cracka’s or teh ghey… Im wondering, do you use the latter phrase so much because you have issues with your own sexuality? oh look im being just like bol, hatin’ on everything!!!

  • ty from linden blvd

    love the mixtape and the freestyle to the pb&j song

    by the way i’m the only black man who likes that song.but i only listen to it in the house.i’ll never tell my friends haha

  • Hoodsavior

    bol doesnt like shit…shouldnt yall know this by now?

  • Joey

    Word Bol, Kanye is a whack rapper, the only good verse he ever dropped was that verse on Wouldn’t Get Far, other than that he’s just skeezin by, I have no idea how he’s managed to garner what, TWO XXLs? You need to talk to your boys who are givin great reviews to lame albums..

  • CHE

    first of all getcha facts straight, toomp didnt produce that, Wonder did

  • http://www.amatomu.com kane

    dude you such a hater, so much bias and vitriol, and its black on black too? you’d better off serving burgers at McDees.

  • Magic

    I would love to punch you in the face. You should come out to an awards show sometime, so the rappers you’ve hated on can beat the shit out of you. You need a girl nigga, it’s obvious you’re a lonely virgin.

  • Magic

    Oh yeah and how can he not like black women! Let’s use your source of evidence the single “Wouldn’t Get Far”,Kanye verse starts off “Pop quiz, how many topless, black foxes did I have under my belt, like boxers…” Black foxes huh? Also if what you said was true, the The Game feels the same way right? Maybe if you weren’t pasted on the computer riding the next man’s dick, you could get a girl, or at least an ugly one, think about that for a second.

  • george

    man all you guys are stupid as phuck u need to get a fuckin life and stop fuckin reading stupid shit like this just to get your dick hard. man u guys are fags…

  • Jerod

    Yeah… I think Byron is definitely the douche here. Not Lupe or Kanye who just do what they do, and don’t do what everybody else does. IE hate on the game’s players like Byron does. Dude doesn’t even rap so how can he hate on any rapper. What does this fudrucker have to do with anything hip-hop?