Hyper Than All Of Hyperbole…

KanYeezy’s ‘Love Lockdown’ just became my shit last night. It’s one of those great Hip-Hop songs that will be carried forth over the globe. Hip-Hop music is based on two things. It’s the flagrant expression of the world’s oldest instruments. The drum and the voice. Those two things are the essence of Hip-Hop music. It doesn’t matter if the drum is programmed from a keypad or ?uestlove is spanking the skins [ll]. The same can be said for the voice aspect which can be people singing or spitting through filters or whatever. ‘Love Lockdown’ is Hip-Hop music even if it isn’t rap.

The song reminds me of the Colt 45 commercial with Billy Dee Williams walking through the hood while horses run crazy and chicks strip nekkid. The beat is tribal and serious. The drums are fucking earnest as all hell. When you hear drums like that you have to pay attention. Remember that the purpose of the drum was to call you to attention. When the first drummer from Africa learned to beat on a tree trunk he did it to pass a message to people.

The message in ‘Love Lockdown’ is perfect with the piano acting as a second percussive instrument. We all understand that the piano is derived from the drums just like the horn and woodwind instruments are projections of the voice. If you don’t understand this and want to argue this point I need for you to sit the fuck down and stab yourself in the eye with your flip-flops. KanYe’s handclaps are the third percussion element on this track. Handclaps > fingersnaps.

“I bet no one knew I got no one new”

Even though KanYe wrote this song a few days before he published it there are lines that are beautiful. I can see a remix or two being issued for this track especially with all the time from now until the projected release date of the new album. KanYe will be in the studio around the clock creating music as if his life depended on it. I still don’t know how you push yourself to find new levels when your number one fan is gone from your life. I hope this album musically illustrates how we are to survive that type of loss.

‘Graduation’ was my shit because it was triumphantly anthemic. There were songs that described how to be stronger physically. ’808 & Heartbreak’ needs to represent how to be stronger emotionally. I think KanYe will get that off.

With the vocoder joint for the whole album.


Video: Where is the love? KanYe West locked down.

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  • these posts are racist

    This song is really hot and I am proud of Kanye. Chi-town, stand up.

    But Billy re: “We all understand that the piano is derived from the drums just like the horn and woodwind instruments are projections of the voice.”

    Billy, you need to stop. You sound like a lame 7th grade music teacher.

    • k

      agree the beat is hot and the sng wud b gd if kanye could sing!!!

      got no problem with rappers singing (as long as they can actually sing)

      vocoder didn’t help either

      • Valdez

        I’m glad ppl are starting to come around, man. I liked the song as soon as I heard on the VMAs. Musically, I think it is a masterpiece and maybe even classic. Yet it is simple, at the same time. I’m an artist myself, so I’m always listening closer than most.

        The lyrics are very repetitive and not very complex. It’s almost like one big hook, but I really like the song. This is def. hip hop, although it’s not rap. But rap is what’s killing the game.

        I don’t mind the vocoder on this track. I had more to say, but my lady just distracted me.

  • these posts are racist


    It does amaze me how Kanye can still make amazing creative music after suffering such a loss. He has no siblings, no father and so when his mother passed, I thought his creativity and inspiration would be gone as well. I’m glad it has not.

    • Shawty J

      Kanye has a father, his relationship with his father was just somewhat strained when he was younger.

  • iLL G

    Billy X u are right brotha

    i was just listening to it last nite and yea he sing wit the vocoder..but he also raps with it so for me its still rap, singing or no singing. Kanye is a trail blazer keep doin ya thang!!

    • 619


      • http://xxl.co.uk SCRAPZ

        Co muhfukin Sign!

  • http://hiphoponmymind.blogspot.com DJ Daddy Mack



    damn. i guess i have to re-evaluate my first opinion of it: SUX BALLS. and go back & really listen 2 da shit. i’ll try, but i’m relly sick of da vocoder songz.

  • Gooch

    you’re kickin some musical knowledge right here…

  • E-Fleezy

    billy you from ny, ain’t nobody out here wanna hear that vocorder shit. you should be ashamed of yourself for even writin’ this post

  • Phil

    I am absolutely AMAZED at what people want to convince themselves is good. This song is ABSOLUTE TRASH. YOU’RE ONLY GIVING IT A PASS BECAUSE IT’S KANYE WEST. And that is tragic. This guy has been steadily selling pieces of himself to the pop world for a minute now, and drops this poorly recorded drivel. IF KANYE HAD A SINGING VOICE WE WERE ALL AWARE OF, then this would MAKE SENSE.

    WHY ARE YOU GIVING HIM PASSES? He is not, nor will EVER be even a decent vocalist! WHY ARE YOU GIVING HIM PASSES? FOR GOD’S SAKE, HE’S USING THE DAMN AUTO-TUNE AGAIN, and not even to good effect! It would have made more sense to get a REAL SINGER to sing the song he wrote. ANYONE giving this song a pass is a COMPLETE STAN AND FOOL. WHAT is there to love about a poorly sung and recorded song? WHAT?

  • http://www.xxlmag.com damion

    Billy, you’re on point.

    Phil, if you don’t like it, you don’t have to bash the rest of the world. Plus, your wack anyway, and so is your favorite rapper.

    • Phil

      Bash yourself.

  • Justice4All

    **NEEEEGROOOO PALEEZEEE** This has to be the epitome of trash rap.

    **A Pause as he deletes XXLmag.com from the favorites list**

    You must be high off that purp or something because the more I listen to this song, the worse it sounds. No,I mean relly,after the 3rd listen I was ready to take my Yamaha speakers to (your favorite audio store-no plugs)and get them treated for wave file abuse. This is not what you call a “try something new”type of song, this is more like “capitalize off the current suk balz” trend that’s going on and put your voice on it… This blows, one more blog co-signing this crap from this site, and I will pickett outside of your virtual cubicle with a “Free Hip-Hop sign”. Let me go watch Brown Suger now.

    **Note to XXLmag.com**Please fire Billy Sunday my next Monday

  • TheCo!!inB

    TPAR “he has no father”…..how does he have no father when his biological father has a water store in Georgia called “G.O.O.D. Water”?……
    sometimes I swear people type just to read there own words. just because son’s moms passed doesn’t mean he’s no longer able to find the inspiration to make music……that’s almost like saying his mom was the muse behind “gold digger” and “drunken white girls”.
    Kanye is an extremely creative individual and employs enough creative people as to where he should never be at a loss musically. as long as his confidence level stays where it’s always been he can get listeners to believe in what he’s doing. the hood may not fuck with this but everyone else in the world will…….

    once he fixes that autotune shit cause, fuck.

  • Arcey

    dude got a father, reason why he made “Champion”. Maybe not as close to him like his mom but still!

    But Billy re: “We all understand that the piano is derived from the drums just like the horn and woodwind instruments are projections of the voice.” if he feels like educating ppl – Y not?!

  • http://xxl.co.uk SCRAPZ

    Billy sunday shud not B writin 4 dis Hip Hop site, cos 2 say dat “love lockdown” is Hip Hop is straight bullshit! da song does not hav any elements of Hip Hop

  • http://xxl.co.uk SCRAPZ

    Dis song iz just shit! and dats da truth

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    You must have copped the Lemonwire version of Graduation because the song you are referring to to is called ‘Drunk & Hot Girls’ not Drunken White Girls. But rock on anyhoo.

    I’m sorry for you cowards that don’t fuck with this track. Most of you last saw pussy when you were born so that explains a lot to me.

    • these posts are racist

      The song is hot. Did you see the video of Kanye and his boy Don C smashing Papparazi’s cameras?


    • 619

      Quite the opposite Billy X, I make babies to plenty vocoder songs. ‘Computer Love’, ‘Slow and Easy’, and ‘Be Alright’ are some that I can recall vividly off top. What you think some females gonna get in the mood listening to Kanye sing? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! You better step your game up and start looking for some new slow jams, because females will probably run away when you throw this shit on!

    • Phil

      Wow, look at this journalistic professionalism! Oh, right, you’re NOT a journalist! Because that would imply that you’re objective about your subjects. And, what’s even more strange is how you want to even mention pussy when you ridin’ dick so hard in actually trying to ANALYZE this trendy, hot garbage, and not even doing it WELL.

      You’re free to like garbage, though.

      Looks like you the Conye Fess branding strategy is working exactly as it should on you “media types”. Tragic.

  • Ayre

    Ha Ha Billy in his feelings cause nobody likes this shit!

  • E-Fleezy

    yo on some real shit billy i respect your posts and usually agree with them. so i gave this shit another listen. an i swear to god the rich white college broad i’m fuckin’ with, just came in the room an started raggin’ on me for playin this shit!!
    Bottom line- bitches ain’t fuckin’ with it either dog.
    even ho’s got ears kid. do yourself a favor hop off this Kanye kick you on, an pop in the purple tape. for real my dude.

  • El Tico Loco

    Maybe is me but have anybody noticed that when Roger Troutman was alive and Zapp was out there did nobody even dared to record with a vocoder, once he got bodied-boom!Eibody and their mama from Cher to Gospel singers,then T pain ran with it and more sheep followed. But the point is without a hot beat (not just drums)the technique sucks and I don’t care if angel were singing the concept and creative context of the song sucks and is not hip hop. The media upsets me saying that because someone is singing and they are wearing “urban” apparel it must be hip hop R&B and hip hop are 2 different genres they may be related but they are different.

  • Chris S

    there is no way this is the final version of the song though. kanye remade stronger like 9 times between it’s release and when it was put on the cd.

    i like him using the vocoder occasionally but i really hope he doesn’t use it on the entire cd. i like to hear his voice, not a computer’s interpretation of his voice.

    still a really nice song though. he has by far the best ear for what sounds good.

  • kelito-vision

    hey billy,

    do u know the difference between being a fan and a stan? cause this new Kanye song is trash and that’s coming from a fan of Ye’s(except for Graduation which was catered to white people). Only a STAN would cosign this bullshit….i understood Hey Ya but this ain’t Hey Ya…this is that bullshit that comes when people start telling u everything u do is hot and u start believing them…billy i’m sad to say it but you’re a Kanye stan…next thing i know u going to start telling people to wear nuthugger jeans and stop calling gay people faggots cause it hurts their feelings

    • these posts are racist


      Do you admit that there was no link between Iraq/Saddam and Al Qaida? Do you have a reason that the US invaded/bombed Iraq?

      • kelito-vision

        these posts are racist,

        with the information we had at the time and climate we were in during the start of the war(not an invasion) times…we had to handle iraq the way we did….yeah the info has later turned out to be not as accurate as we could have hoped but milk has been spilled and we can’t just up and leave iraq as the area would fall back into chaos

        • these posts are racist

          You still have not answered the question. There was no information, purported or otherwise at that time that there was such a link. You’re lying. Moreover, it has come to light that any accusations of “WMDs” was fabricated. So what information did the administration have at that time that justified going to war? Be clear, speaking vaguely to cover your lies won’t slide by me.

          “Spilled Milk” – is that how you describe the death of so many innocent Iraqis and young American soilders? Man, I have never met a Bush stan before.

        • Og Bobby J

          Here we go again….

          I am starting the feel what you are saying TPAR…we shouldnt be wasting american resources on this war…1..maybe 2 bombs would be far more efficient.

          The war in Iraq should be over. We should double our presence, take the resources we desire, ten pull out and hopefully watch the radical sects try and govern themselves.

          I was just over reading the UNderwriters site (i know..) but I saw a commentor who pasted this. I agree with it whole heartedly…what you think?


          ‘My Fellow Americans: As you all know, the defeat of the Iraq regime has been completed.

          Since congress does not want to spend any more money on this war, our mission in Iraq is complete.

          This morning I gave the order for a complete removal of all American forces from Iraq . This action will be complete within 30 days. It is now time to begin the reckoning.

          Before me, I have two l ists. One list contains the names of countries which have stood by our side during the Iraq conflict. This list is short . The United Kingdom , Spain , Bulgaria , Australia , and Poland are some of the countries listed there.

          The other list contains every one not on the first list. Most of the world’s nations are on that list. My press secretary will be distributing copies of both lists later this evening.

          Let me start by saying that effective immediately, foreign aid to those nations on List 2 ceases immediately and indefinitely. The money saved during the first year
          alone will pretty much pay for the costs of the Iraqi war. THEN EVERY YEAR THERE AFTER IT’ll GO TO OUR SOCIAL SECURITY SYSTEM SO IT WONT GO BROKE IN 20 YEARS.

          The American people are no longer going to pour money into third world Hell holes and watch those government leaders grow fat on corruption.

          Need help with a famine? Wrestling with an epidemic? Call France .

          In the future, together with Congress, I will work to redirect this money toward solving the vexing social problems we still have at home. On that note, a word to terrorist organizations. Screw with us and we will hunt you down
          and eliminate you and all your friends from the face of the earth.

          Thirsting for a gutsy country to terrorize? Try France or maybe China .

          I am orderin g the immediate severing of diplomatic relations with France , Germany , and Russia . Thanks for all your help, comrades. We are retiring from NATO as well. Bonne
          chance, mezamies.

          I have instructed the Mayor of New York City to begin towing the many UN diplomatic vehicles located in Manhattan with more than two unpaid parking tickets to sites where those vehicles will be stripped, shredded and crushed. I don’t care about whatever treaty
          pertains t o this. You creeps have tens of thousands of unpaid tickets. Pay those tickets tomorrow or watch your precious Benzes, Beamers and limos be turned over to some of the finest chop shops in the world. I love New York

          A special note to our neighbors. Canada is on List 2. Since we are likely to be seeing a lot more of each other, you folks might want to try not pissing us off for a change.

          Mexico is also on List 2 its president and h is entire corrupt government really need an attitude adjustment. I will have a couple extra
          thousand tanks and infantry divisions sitting around. Guess where I am going to put’em? Yep, border security.

          Oh, by the way, the United States is abrogating the NAFTA treaty – starting now.

          We are tired of the one-way highway. Immediately, we’ll be drilling for oil in Alaska- which will take care of this country’s oil needs for decade s to come. If you’re an environmentalist who opposes this decision, I refer you to List 2 above: pick a country and move there.

          It is time for America to focus on its own welfare and its own citizens. Some will accuse us of isolationism. I answer them by saying, ‘darn tootin’.

          Nearly a century of trying to help folks live a decent life around the world has only earned us the undying enmity of just about everyone on the planet. It is time to eliminate hunger in America . It is time to eliminate homelessness in America . To the nations on List 1, a final thought. Thank you guys. We owe you and we won’t forget.

          To the nations on List 2, a final thought: You might want to learn to speak

          God bless America .. Thank you and good night.

          If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you are reading it in English, thank a soldier.

        • these posts are racist

          This is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever read. I don’t even know where to start. Please, translate what this means:

          “On that note, a word to terrorist organizations. Screw with us and we will hunt you down
          and eliminate you and all your friends from the face of the earth.”

        • og bobby j

          son…be clear…i did not right this…i straight copied and pasted it. Thought it would get a rise outta you. I cant call it…

        • these posts are racist

          I know you didn’t write it, but you said you agreed with it…how can you agree with something, unless you understand it? Or have an interpretation of it? No rise out of me…this is just a silly faux-social/political critique that has no meaning or translation into real life.

  • John Galt

    I can probably be considered a Kanye “stan,” but I didn’t like this at first hear. Of course, like the rest of his stuff, it’s growing on me. We’ll see how this goes.

  • Simple like ABC, 123

    Love Lockdown > Any rapper song with auto-tune

  • Mr. 306

    worst “hip hop” song ever.

    Any Souljah Boy> love Lockdown

  • ss

    Wake Up, People! It’s bigger than hip hop! The song will be a monster once he fixes the vocals. This is just a stripped down version of what the song will actually be! The song is pure dopeness! And for all of you talking about history…Roger wasn’t the only one with the vocoder. Remember Peter Frampton? I thought not!

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    No matter what music KanYe puts out I will always call you a fag. That’s a promise.

  • kelito-vision

    hey billy,

    did i hurt your bitch ass feelings? poor little baby….go suck some of that Ye dick like u always do…

    • these posts are racist

      Why don’t you go suck off G. Bush…like you always do.

      What’s wrong coward, you can’t respond to my comment? You’re used to making lies to justify murder and corruption but back off when someone calls you on it hu?

  • Simple like ABC, 123

    Andre 3000 make “The Love Below” album that is all sings (minus last track, that for me is the best song ever of Andre 3000) and is a good album. Sell a millions copies. “Hey Ya” make people of all ages, race and countries sings the song. And he’s still one of the best and greatest MC’s of all-time.

    Kanye West with this song “Love Lockdown” and with the new album “808’s and Heartbreak” is going to make what Andre 3000 do back in 2003-2004, make all people like him. And he going to still a best producer and a good rapper.

    Both Andre 3000 and Kanye West just do music because they love music!!!

  • Simple like ABC, 123

    Andre 3000 make “The Love Below” album that is all sings (minus last track, that for me is the best song ever of Andre 3000) and is a good album. Sell a millions copies. “Hey Ya” make people of all ages, race and countries sings the song. And he’s still one of the best and greatest MC’s of all-time.

    Kanye West with this song “Love Lockdown” and with the new album “808’s and Heartbreak” is going to make what Andre 3000 do back in 2003-2004, make all people like him. And he going to still a best producer and a good rapper.

    Both Andre 3000 and Kanye West just do music because they love music!

    • Phil


  • TheCo!!inB

    Bills X…….the original version of “Drunken Hot Girls” was called “Drunken White Girls” but the TI’s weren’t havin Ye disrespect their queens ya dig? I just used that title to show that i’m in the know and a music snob who gets off on talking about shit most people don’t know.

    • these posts are racist

      You know so much, yet you think i’m Byron.

  • http://www.theunderwriters.blogspot.com THE UNDERWRITER

    Can’t feel that Kanye track at all, and I pretty much like Kanye’s overall musical style enough to co-sign 80-90% of his songs on his own albums and those he produces for other artists. The man is a force in Hip-Hop and deserves success.

    This one, “Love Lockdown”, is just not exciting. I don’t get it at all, and it feels weird to say that, but it’s true.