Back To The Future…

What if I told you that KanYe West’s new album was from the future? Would you even believe me? Or would you accuse me of hyperbolic Stanism? Would you tell me that I was paid to write that, or would you say that I had become a ‘Ye Tudda dickrider [ll]. One of you is likely to say one, or all of these things by the end of this drop. Well anyhoo, here it is real quick. If you don’t copp ‘Graduation’ on September 11th you should prah’lee just go kill yourself. Go huff a gallon of paint, stick a hooker’s bedazzled stiletto in your eye socket and put you head in your momma’s oven. Kill yourself because you are killing Hip-Hop.

The new ‘Ye Tudda album is a soulful spaceship that is built to take you away from the knowledge that your credit is all fucked the fuck up, your car got repo’d and your rent is a month late. It’s the type of shit to make you want to get to your job an hour early, and your job sucks. It’s definitely drugs. You would agree with me if you had the experience that I just did while listening to the entire album previewed in a blacked out theatre. I walked out of the theatre realizing that some people come from the future to try to help us all get back there with them.

Let me go back into the past for a second… Several years ago I sat in the audience for a taping of the Def Poetry show. The host, Mos Def, introduced KanYe West as the “future of Hip-Hop”. What?!? Nigga please! This rap cat was part of the Roc-A-Fella movement and he wasn’t really even a rapper, but a producer. He recited his verse from ‘The Wire’. At the time what I didn’t know about this dude was that he was really all fucked up behind that car accident, but his resolve to rise above it was that much greater. So much so that he would do anything he had to do to become a success in the industry. There is nothing in the game worth more than a monster work ethic. Any game. When you add talent to that work ethic you go from being an important role player, like a Dennis Rodman, into a superstar, like Michael Jordan. KanYe West is the Michael Jordan of this rap shit, because he makes the dudes that play with him[ll] into superstars. Just look at the music he gave Jigga and Cam’Ron. He did for Common what Dilla couldn’t do. Would anyone even care about Lupe, Rhymefest or Cons without their association with ‘Ye Tudda?

Fast forward to the present, which actually requires me to rewind since it happened yesterday, but just stay with me. Shouts to my homeys at ThnkTank Marketing, whose peoples at SOHH (the competition at XXL Mag Dot Com) extended the notice to me of the ‘Ye Tudda listening experience. The RSVP on the flier was deaded days ago. There was no way I was going to win on this one. Oh well, I guess I would just grab an order of wings and fried rice and come back to my apartment and watch some cartoons. But wait, I know some people. And they know some other people. Shouts to FB and H.O. who have this online video shit OnSmash. And with my nigga Young Pistol in the building I was on the list bitches. Not only do I get to hear the most anticipated album of the year, but on Universal Music’s dime which included top shelf open bar free popcorn and some of the sexiest Blasian broads interning in the music business (Sony BMG show me what you got). I came to the spot twisted already after puffing some that *cough, cough* you already know. Kids, drugs are bad (in a Mr. Mackey voice), but when you are zoning out to music, it is all good.

As the music starts inside the theatre a smoke machine propels billows through the room. The light show was crazy, while clips from 2001: A Space Odyssey, Akira, Sailor Moon and motherfucking Tron videos played on the screen. If ‘Ye Tudda could deliver these visuals along with his CD it would already be game over. The music though is what I came for. There are some tracks on the album that are just ridiculous. The best was saved for last. The song ‘Big Brother’ was a tribute to Jay-Z that was serious, heartfelt and deep. It was the defining moment of the album without question. It made me realize how deep the bonds were that had brought everyone on the Roc label together. The experiences of traveling the world the first time will never be replaced. ‘Ye Tudda still has love for Jay, Dame and everyone from the Roc, but now he is moving on.

‘Graduation’ might be ‘Ye Tudda’s most soulful album ever. He’s created so many fucking anthems on this album it’s bananas. The ingredients seem to be mixing soul music with content from the soul. It’s not possible not to feel this nigga [ll]. I told you ‘Big Brother’ was the crowning achievement. You already know ‘Can’t Tell Me Nothing’ is a realer theme song than ‘I Get Money’. At least for me it is. “La, la, la, la, wait ‘til I get my money right.” You gonna fucks with the joints ‘Drunk and Hot Girls’, ‘Champion’ and ‘Everything I Am’. My favorite joint was called ‘Flashing Lights’, and embarrassingly enough in the Q & A afterwards KanYe said that was the song for the ladies. Ouch! Well, I know a hit when I hear one, and that shit is the pop. I was a little disappointed at first to know that the album had no skits, but ultimately that is what made the joint dope too. It’s all soul music. No poorly acting rappers or rappers acting poor. This might be one of the realest albums ever made. It’s also worth my sixteen bucks or whatever it is the Virgin Megastore is going to charge my ass. Funny story, true story is that the last album I was this amped to buy before it hit the shelves was ‘Get Rich Or Die Trying’.

  • Deez Nutz

    Almost 1st biotches..Is it Sept. 11th? I’m copping both these joints…Who would of thought that Kanye and 50 would be the ones to save hip hop? Now if we can get this A Bay Bay, Superman, snap crap off the air, hip hop might have a future….Dr. Dre, Lil Wayne, Eminem…How yall going to act?

  • N.O. 4 life

    you are kanye meat huggin a lil bit too hard if you have to say it before hand… i figure that the cd is gonna be solid from the first few tracks i heard…i wanna know how it’s gonna stack against classics though becuase hip hop needs a mainstream classic.

  • Homeboy

    should have stayed at home mate – it leaked the next day…

  • Rich Arte

    billy, the more i read your posts, the more i can appreciate you as a human. I used to get on here and rebuttal against all the bullshit you would say in your post, but you stepped up a notch. TPAR can change his name for this comment, b/c you didn’t write anything racist…kudos.

    ‘Ye’s album is definately gonna be a blockbuster, and I’m jealous you were in the place to be. What I’m really glad about is that you gave him the credit and respect he deserves (no Khanghey bullshit). Good lookin on a good drop

    Def. copp that Graduation….

  • smog

    like everyone doesnt know already, who gonna say curtis album better is the real question

  • C-Money

    curtis > graduation…….yeah right that would never happen lol. Kanye is like money in the bank with his albums. You can hate all you want on his gay tendencies and cry baby antics but when it comes to the music, he got that shit on lock.

    And as much as I want to hate on 50′s record, the sampler I heard didn’t sound half bad either.

  • Toivo

    Mr. West is not from the future. He is to hip-hop what Brian Wilson or Phil Specter was to pop music, he has that special ear that allows him to chop samples and produce arrangements that noone else can.

    That being said, it’s about fucking time he stepped up his lyrics to match the genius in his beats.

  • Trizzle

    good post man, Ye’s music is the only one that can make you feel like that real talk, big ups to u sunday

  • Rockcity

    I Can’t wait for this shit to drop, i’m not bootleggin . . . i never do ne way, but i’ve only heard stronger and Can’t tell me nothing, ne way i didnt need anyone to tell me the album is goin to be crazy, Kanye loves hip hop so of course he’s gonna always bring it, i just wish more rappers had that love in them like he does.

  • NOR CAL MUFUCKA!!!

    Kanye has definatley gotten to be a good rapper but not great. I think this album will be way better than his last cause that sucked major balls to me. Also he gets too much credit as a producer, his shit is tight but nothing i call classic. You got to be in a club crowded with lame ass hipster faggots for the place to go crazy over just hearing a Kanye beat drop. (not hating, just my opinion) NEVER BUY WHAT YOU GET FOR FREE.

  • JSpru

    Ahhhhhhhh shit son. Just reading this and then listening to “Can’t tell me nothing” just gave me that shiver down the spine. I have a feeling this will be the best/most important album since 2001′s blueprint. This fall/winter is gonna fix hip-hop, gonna shock this bitch back to life. Kanye, 50(no GRODT but man has skills), Wu-Tang, Lupe, Carter 3, ahhh my car speaks will be pumpin, too bad the windows will be up

  • LOL

    ONCE AGAIN BILLY X FAGDAY.

    HIPHOP DOESNT HAVE TO BE ONE THING.

    JUST CAUSE YOU LIKE FAGGY BACKPACK HIPHOP , DOESNT MEAN ALL HIPHOP HAS TO BE THAT WAY.

    ITS TOTALLY FEASABLE THAT SOMEONE CAN GO OUT AND BUY BOTH 50 AND KANYES ALBUM AND LIKE THEM.

    NOBODY HAS TO BUY KANYES ALBUM TO SAVE HIPHOP OR SAVE THE WORLD.

    GET KANYES NUTS OFF YA CHIN , YOU HOUSE NEGRO

  • dolo

    Billy ..we will see on 9-11 .. He laced common with some hard soul ish .. But to call him jordan is a bad comparison, he’s more like deion sanders of rap … here’s what woulda been dope a 50 album with kanye on the boards

  • Around and Around

    CAP LOCK CLICK IN THE BUILDING, IT’S THE CAP!!!!

  • Homeboy

    the album’s junk – anyone thinking that it’s gonna change their life prolly needs to see a shrink anyway…

  • http://xxlmag.com DARK

    LOL ur right about everything expect one thing.its billy fagday no x because the x means ur not a slave but as u and i know billy is in fact a slave so the x doesnt exsist in his name.billy is a nigger because only niggers slave up to honkys billy is such a bitch hes that token black child u find in white neiborhoods playin whiteboy games with white kids.billy ur such a fuckin homo go bump ur pual wall or emeinm wigger shit or somtin.billy is such a sad brainwashed nigger.

  • rela2reel

    Ita a 5 mic classic, straight up. its dope!

  • kritiq

    what the fuck? I thought you hated kane and all of sudden he’s the future? how about you washed up rappers Sean Pirce, BCC. etc you’ve finally realised that they cant bring hiphop back? you a a hypocrit and have no stand like a stan you ride anything that is on the lime light, you fag get your shit straight.

    one day you call kane gay the next day he’s the future of hiphop what a looser you fat faggot.

  • therealwayno

    Somebody needs to do a 50/Ye mashup, good vs. evil style. And then put my check in the mail.

  • real2reel

    its 5 mics heard it

  • bumpinngrindin

    we shouldn’t buy any of these albums cause instead of the lame marketing tactics us rap fans wanna hear good music (no pun intended). kanye west first few singles have not impressed me and neither has anything from 50.

  • clarknova

    Ah, I love it when “All Caps” LOL and his boy Dark start sucking each others dicks. It seems to happen every time they post. Lovers or just both retards? YOU decide!
    …for the record, I’ll be grabbing up both Kanye and 50′s albums on Sept. 11th. Like a lot of folks, I’m sure.

  • http://dahshyt.blogspot.com Belize

    >Funny story, true story is that the last album I was this amped to buy before it hit the shelves was ‘Get Rich Or Die Trying’

    ^
    real talk

  • LOL

    YOU KNOW HOW I KNOW CLARKNOVA IS WHITE

    CAUSE HE STARTED TALKIN THAT HOMO SHIT.

    WHITEBOYS ALWAYS TALK A BUNCH OF FAGGOTRY AND TRY TO PUT IT ON OTHER PEOPLE WHEN THEY SHIT STAYS ON THEIR MINDS.

    WE KNOW WHITE PEOPLE AKA THE GREEKS INVENTED GAY SEX.

  • http://dahshyt.blogspot.com Belize

    >KanYe West is the Michael Jordan of this rap shit, because he makes the dudes that play with him[ll] into superstars
    ^

    Nah son, he more like a scottie pippen/nash

    and nobidy will know he’s dahshyt till years later when he hits his prime

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    Belize,

    Sonn sonn is like Robert Horry. Nigga stays winning no matter where he goes.

  • http://xxlmag.com DARK

    clarknova is a wigger lil fag bitch.white ppl didnt just invent gay sex they invented inbreding since alot of them love fucking their own reletives and having retarded childern.billy get out of bols closet and grow some balls.

  • Purple Hulk

    LISTENING TO KANYE IS PRETTY MUCH ADMITTING YOUR A FAG
    WTF ARE YOU DOING WRITING POP MUSIC REVIEWS ON A HIP HOP SITE
    KILL YO SELF
    IM GONNA BUY 20 COPYS OF 50S ALBUM(EVEN THOUGH I HATE THAT BULLSHIT TOO) JUST BECAUSE I HATE THAT FAGGOT SO MUCH.

  • HAWAIIAN

    #
    Around and Around Says:

    August 30th, 2007 at 4:48 pm

    CAP LOCK CLICK IN THE BUILDING, IT’S THE CAP!!!!

    —————————————–

    haha that was the funniest thing you have ever posted.

  • Detroit P

    LOL…Lupe wasn’t associated with Kanye until they just recently put together a group with Pharrell…They’re both from Chicago..but thats like saying Young Dro and OutKast were associated with each other

  • Detroit P

    Still coppin Graduation tho

  • Lethal Poetry

    Damn man, I woulda KILLED to be in that joint and hear that, specially with the open bar and effects and shit. I never been crazy bout Ye, but his new joints all sound like FIYA!!!!!! imma DEF get that when it drops.

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    Detroit P,
    before ‘Touch The Sky’ who was fucking with Lupe?

  • John Galt

    I completely agree, I haven’t been this pumped for a CD in a long while. Say what you will about his stylistic decisions, his bravado or his political opinions — the man simply makes good music. In addition, you get the feeling he legitimately cares about his artistic vision. While I’m sure he wants to sell, Kanye also desires to be the greatest at what he does and perpetually remains driven toward that end, something we all should want to say of ourselves.

    Compare that to 50 Cent, who openly admits that he tries to put out whatever music he thinks will sell the most. Nowhere will you find him saying that he thinks he’s putting out the best material — just the most commercially viable. It’s why I don’t feel the need to own a 50 CD and don’t anticipate that to change.

    I found Kanye’s first disc inspired enough to use to motivate me toward the end of my first marathon last year, particularly “Never Let Me Down.” With that sort of power in his music, and another marathon in the winter, any wonder why I’m checking for Graduation?

  • Cuban Link

    Kanye bores me now.Diamonds from Sierra Leone was hot, Jesus Walks was hot, but now whats he got? Stronger? Cant Tell me Nothing? That song has such a horrible flow.And stronger just sucks after the first time u listen to it

    and he acts like he doesnt care how much he sells.Hes just playing it cool, like its ok if 50 outsells him.Fiddy is trying hard for that #1 spot, I dont give a fuck whos more talented, remember, showing up counts for 80%

    but still I might cop it, cuz I refuse to let some country hick outsell the 2 biggest hip hop artists.

    but I Get Money>>Cant Tell me nothin, just cuz of the remix with fiddy on the top billin beat

    Ayo Technology>>Stronger, this is hip hop, why would I wanna listen to 5 minutes and 12 seconds of Daft Punk featuring “Mr. West”?

  • CLARK

    Billy,
    Lupe is definatly best known for “Kick Push”. My little sister and her friends are always playing that track. Also i think people associate Lupe with Pharrell more so than with Kanye…

  • Makaveli

    Hip Hop has mainstream classics…

    The Game – The Documentary
    Dr Dre – 2001
    Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP

    And so on…

  • lukee lefty

    Kanye West = Tom Brady
    Jay-z = Bill Bellicheck
    I am = The Winner

  • COMPTON77

    @DETROIT P

    ‘Ye produced The Cool off ‘Food and Liquor’??

  • clarknova

    LOL: YOUR CAPS LOCK BUTTON IS STUCK ON. MAYBE YOUR TINY, TINY INTERNET HATER BALLS ARE JAMMED IN THERE.

    Dark” “Inbreding?” It’s called spell check, you stupid fuck.

    …I’m gonna go with “both retards.” Prolly the product of “inbreding.”

  • for the record

    (listening to Stronger as I type)

    that fuckin beat is like an infection.

    Compare Stronger to Ayo Technology….I’m startin to feel Ayo too, after listening a few times. But lets look at the biggest differences…

    Production: Timbaland – Kanye
    Artist: 50 Cent – Kanye
    Guests: Justin Timberlake – none

    Kanye -vs- 3 megastars…and his ish is hott.

  • LowEndofDaChi

    NOR CAL, attitudes like that are the reason why the game has devolved. You’ll go give money to your local weedman or go buy some corny “hip hop” gear from the middle easterner who understands the dynamics of urban culture better than a street corner intern in a white tee. It even goes beyond Hip-Hop. You idiots sit in front of your computers and download pirated music and porn, letting the pounds pile up like your filthy media collections. You can’t even go to a record store anymore and cop your favorite artist’s cd because they’re all closing.

  • May

    After reading this, you make me want to buy the sh*t even more, Billy.

    I am itching to download GRADUATION off the internet, or buy a bootleg of the joint. But no, I’ll hold out until Sept. 11.

  • Ryan

    Dark, LOL and Kritiq are so fixated on race and sexuality………..it’s become so pathetic………

  • http://dahshyt.blogspot.com Belize

    Billy X. Sunday Says:

    August 30th, 2007 at 7:01 pm
    Belize,

    Sonn sonn is like Robert Horry. Nigga stays winning no matter where he goes.

    ^
    But Knaye still be on the same team (roc) the whole time…not agreein wit u yet X

  • Cuban Link

    What if I told you ‘Ye was a secret agent for Japan and is stealing information of the United States through his subliminal rap music? Would you believe me? Or would you accuse me of player hating?

  • Cuban Link

    What if I told you ‘Ye was a secret agent for Japan and is stealing information of the United States through his subliminal rap music? Would you believe me? Or would you accuse me of player hating?

  • http://xxlmag.com DARK

    clarknova shut da fuck up u sound like a homothug who begs to play in a prison butt football team playin wide reciver faggot.and ryan is just a white nerd who goes to star track conventions.and billy and bol r some faggot uncle toms.

  • LEROY

    dark tell me honestly are you gay? your suspect kid. homosexuality is almost all you talk about. come out the closet before you fall out kid.

  • QUIETSTORM

    Dark, LOL, and Kritiq are all GAY and WHITE!!!!

  • http://xxlmag.com DARK

    LEROY listen lil white child shuldnt u be in school or somtin?ur name alone makes u sound like an undecover butt pirate so i wouldnt talk kid.and quietfaggot its funny when wiggers like u go on and on about why white ppl have to be black but then u turn around and call someone white as a diss.da fuck is that shit?yall honkys is fuckin wack.

  • QUIETSTORM

    darkmeat, you need to go to school you illiterate fuck…your argument is as shitty and ignorant as your spelling

  • TSF

    I gotta agree with Billy, “Flashing Lights” is the best joint off the album, at least beat-wise. “Champion” and “Everything I Am” are pretty good too.

  • http://xxlmag.com DARK

    quiet-faggot lol ur such a fag.

  • T.R.E.Y.

    on-point post. this album’s the ish

  • T.R.E.Y.

    and if people try and argue Comm’s album is better than this i’m gonna fuckin’ spaz. “real hip-hop heads” (read: people who like the most boring, conservative ish ever and then wonder why it doesn’t sell) tried that shit last year with Be and Late Registration. ridank.

    that said, i like Finding Forever. i’m just saying. this album eats it for breakfast and shats it out, and anyone who argues otherwise has clearly been brainwashed by the backpacker/tru-skool rap set. and let’s not even get into that Talib Kweli mess

  • T.R.E.Y.

    2005, i mean. not last year

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    Dark,
    You are dead to my threads right now. It’s like you really bring nada to this forum. Your like the worst kind of rapper that doesn’t even have punchlines in his repertoire. You’re like Tony Yayo except you’re pussy.

    Scram homey, go kick rocks to the Source website or some other shit.

  • kritiq

    Ryan Says:

    August 31st, 2007 at 11:44 am
    Dark, LOL and Kritiq are so fixated on race and sexuality………..it’s become so pathetic………
    ________________________________

    wow is that so? funny how you come out to make it as if we are the when who bring up these topics when really Bol and Billy are the ones who bring these kinda shit to your face, I dont see you complain when Bol calls white people cracka-ass-cracker or blacks jiggs not to forget that he invented the word teh gey.

    these guys trash almost all successful black people calling them tockens and you want me to agree with these mofo like you do.how the fuck do you think T.P.A.R got he’s name.

    you white people make me laugh as soon as people point out that you are racist mofo’s you start to front. so you want me to shy away from all the race issues surounding me get the fuck out here.

  • Kenny Chesney

    NEW KENNY CHESNEY ALBUM OUT SEPTEMBER 11TH ENTITLED “JUST WHO I AM: POETS & PIRATES”. THIS IS FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY MUSIC THAT IS SURE TO GET SOME PANTIES DROPPIN’!

  • http://xxlmag.com DARK

    only pussies delte comments yes that means u billy