Kanye takes another shot at love

Could it be that Kanye West really did read my posts about how “Love Lockdown” is gayer than a bag full of rainbows, and that’s why he’s rerecording it?

Of course, I joked about that the other day, when Ye threw his little temper tantrum at the airport out in LA. But the truth of the matter is that I didn’t have any idea what was going on in his head at the time.

I know he’s also been going through what you might call a transition in his personal life. It could have just as easily been that his girlfriend was moving back in, and so he had to get rid of all of his interracial pr0n videos. And hence he was suffering from withdrawal.

Though if I was the breadwinner in a situation, which I obviously couldn’t be, there’s no way I’d be getting rid of my suitcase full of interracial pr0n. Fuck that shit!

But I digress.

Anyhoo, it was announced yesterday that Kanye West has gone back into the studio to rerecord “Love Lockdown.” And you have to think that he didn’t come to this decision of his own volition, given that, when he first posted the song to the Internets, he called it one of the favorite things he’s ever recorded, and bragged about how quickly he put it together.

You wonder if Kanye himself read blog after blog of people talking about what an abortion “Love Lockdown” is, and realized this just wasn’t gonna work, or if someone in the Def Jam building pulled him aside and explained to him that there’s no way radio is gonna play “Love Lockdown” the way it is, even though radio will generally play anything – even the sounds of deafening screams emanating from the furnaces of Auschwitz – provided it’s got a Def Jam logo on it.

It’s hard to tell based on the brief post re: the new “Love Lockdown” on Kanye’s blog. (You can tell it’s one of the few he’s written himself, because it’s barely legible. It’s no wonder he dropped out of college.)

The title of the post consists of the following:

Your prayers have been answered!! There’s a new version of love Love Lockdown coming. We used new taiko drums and I re-sung it… it’s being Mastered now….

And then in the body of the post, there this:

Here’s the newer artwork with perfected type 4 all design snobs  lol…

Sidebar… if you don’t like autotune… too bad cause I love it and have been using it since the College Dropout!!!

It reminds me of when the RZA used to brag about how he’d been using sped-up vocal samples, back around the time when Kanye and a bunch of other dudes were using them ad nauseum. In retrospect, I should have taken this as a sign that the RZA had finally lost the plot. I wonder if that’s also the case with Kanye. Probably, right?

Oddly enough, I was about to speculate as to whether the new version of “Love Lockdown” was gonna any more or less of a tragedy than the original, and I see the new version has popped up for your listening pleasure. It should be posted to XXL shortly, if it already isn’t by the time I post this. Damn, these Internets are fast!

So, how is it? Well, it’s remarkably similar to the original. Which is a disappointment. I was hoping it might bear more of a relation to the version he performed live at the VMAs. On the brightside, they almost fixed the parts where singing is so ridonkulously out of tune that even AutoTune is at a loss for how it might be able to help. Almost. Now it sounds less like an obvious glitch, but it still doesn’t sound right.

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  • Pierzy

    I’m a big fan of Kanye but it sounds the track sounds like some karaoke shit…

    • Pierzy

      Damn, I sound drunk. My bad on the typos.

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

      I AGREE.

  • these posts are racist

    The song is hot, you’re a hater. I ran into Don C and ‘Ye a couple of months ago in Chi. Don C is cool as hell by the way. Kanye doesn’t read blogs – he’s a multi-millionaire in his early 30′s who can make great music. That puts him in the top handful of humans on this earth who have it amazingly great…

    • Pierzy

      “Kanye doesn’t read blogs – he’s a multi-millionaire in his early 30’s who can make great music. That puts him in the top handful of humans on this earth who have it amazingly great…”

      Co-Sign but I’m still not feeling the track.

    • http://xxlmag.com Bol

      >Kanye doesn’t read blogs

      Kanye’s got a blog of his own, with a blogroll along the side of it that’s called Kanye’s Favorite Blogs, or something to that effect.

      Get it together, TPAR.

      • these posts are racist


        What I meant was, he doesn’t read a blog like yours and then re-make a song based on your criticism. He could care less what you or other bloggers think of him or his music.

        • niggaplease

          Then you’re retarded. Because anyone with an iota of ability to read someone or view someone’s nature got the point a LONG fucking time ago that Kanye is starved for praise and attention. Good as he is, don’t front and trick yourself into thinking he DOESN’T take note and obsess on people’s takes.

          Kind of makes all your opinions suspect if you can’t see something that obvious, eh TPAR?

  • TheCo!!inB

    “…..provided it’s got a Def Jam logo on it”………fucking OOF!

  • TheCo!!inB

    TPAR how does this nigga have it great because he can make good urban/contemporary music, I know niggas that shit on Kanye’s beats and are conceptually running laps around son dun…….i’m not doing anything to major but my life > kanye’s life…..so explain why this nigga is greater than me or anyone else.

    • these posts are racist

      How old are you? I never said Kanye is “greater” than you or anyone else. I said he “has it amazingly great.” He’s 31 yrs old and doesn’t have to work another day in his life. He does what he wants, makes music, enjoys art, fashion and jet setting – and has millions of people around the world who get excited to listen to him. I think he has it…amazingly great.

      • te noh

        How cute . . . someone has a crush!

  • B

    I know how bad you wanted to write about Webbie.He told me to tell you he loves your blog… he wanted to write back but he can’t because of those damn seizures.

    • http://xxlmag.com Bol

      Webbie has seizures?

      Well, at least he won’t have to sweat anyone trying to force their cock in his mouth while he’s in the joint.


      • Yaw


        Damn, that’s so funny, but it’s also really sick, kinda like 2pac dissing Prodigy about his sickle cell, but more funnier than harsh,

  • TheCo!!inB

    i’m 25, although I don’t know what relevance my age has in this…..i don’t see having it great when you’re acting an ass at an airport….and working yourself obsessively to be validated by others as “the best”…..jet setting is cool and all if that’s what you do and I won’t scoff at being a millionaire but I just don’t see what puts him above other humans who don’t have the “greatness” you’re talking about…..eh.

  • geico lizard

    Bol you know that “Auschwitz” comment will get you in trouble because jews obviously dont love money more than anything because they shot down that german company who wanted the naming rights to giant stadium so either they didnt offer enough reparations to jews for their part in keeping nazis rich or the jews really did care more about pride than money. tony kornheiser said he knows jews who wont drive mercedez for the same reason. as far as kanyeezy i like the new version better because i can understand his words clearer and the hook is catchy but i dont like it enough to get the album so he needs to have a nice video a hot string of singles.

  • grp03


    Love Lockdown would be good if they replaced Kanye and Auto-tune with like R Kelly or someone, but kept the lyrics and beat the same. I don’t think Kanye would go for that though. Anyone notice the irony in the fact one of Kanye’s best songs is him with his jaw wired shut and the worst is with him singing?

  • Mo Nages

    “even though radio will generally play anything – even the sounds of deafening screams emanating from the furnaces of Auschwitz – provided it’s got a Def Jam logo on it”

    That probably one of the coldest things I’ve heard in my life

  • ri067953

    Yo, that line about loving and using auto-tune since college dropout is a bunch of bullshit. Most engineers and producers use auto-tune to cover up minor imperfections in pitch for singers. So, there are alot of people out there using auto-tune except they don’t use it to completely distort their voice. If we really want to get techincal about it, we can call Cher the grandmother of all this shit going on in hip-hop and R&Bullshit. She used auto-tune on one of her songs about ten years ago to affect her voice in the same way Wayne, T-pain and Kanye are doing now.

    • te noh


      Roger Troutman.

      • Arcey

        @ ri067953

        I get what you’re saying Zapp/Roger Troutman used the effect in the most magnificent way, where as Cher’s “Do You Believe” bullshit was vomit inducing like all them cats in Hip-Hop using auto-tune instead of fucking rapping. I guess rappers got tired of songs featuring T-Pain (or he started charging an higher fee!) so they said “fuck it! I’ma do it myself” – Wack!!!

  • Bang

    Kanye said

    Your prayers have been answered!!

    man, get the fuck outta hea

  • Bang

    I dont even think the song is all that wack, but I could never play that, its for girls mostly

  • http://xxlmag.com Kane Corleone

    Bol, my good man you need some pussy STAT!!!I suggest catching the greyhound up to Mpls,Mn before winter hits and knock off one of these snowbunnies cuz u have made too many comments about pron,which leaves me to believe that yo palms is hairy as fuck.I like that Kanye cut

  • Amar

    is “these posts are racist” Kanye West?

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

    i am pretty sure that whoever is posting as tpar is not the original tpar. the writing is different, and what the fuck is “amazingly great” supposed to mean? redundant anyone? that sounds like something a four year old would say, not an upstanding community member and lawyer who picked himself up by his bootstraps to graduate from the ivy league…

    anyhow, on topic, the kanye song still sucks and can not be saved.

    • these posts are racist

      What’s up man. No, its me. There have been several posts posing as me…but these are me.

      How have you been?

  • Bopteest

    No “these posts are racist” is Bol himself.

  • ri067953

    Yo, Cher nigga! Roger Troutman used a talk box which is different then auto-tune. The two sounds are totally different.

  • capcobra

    so what’s the voice machine that smokers gotta use?…….i need to know that cuz bunch of people gon be using that machine in a second

  • ogleboy

    i don’t like it at all Bol. But i think that Ye has reached that point in his career where he wants to try different things. I mean if you look at it almost every significant rapper starts doing songs that make you say wtf??? after about 3 albums. Jay did it with kingdom come, t.i. did it with king(im not even going to mention the abysmal garbage that was T.I. vs T.I.P.) and luda did it with release therapy.

    • styles11

      man you saying nothing but the truth but the only thing that does always show us how dumb rappers are is that they keep on trying this bullshit over and over again and it never works even with r&bullshit as some call it look at sisqo’s 2nd album whatever it was called and nelly’s sweat, suit. all that was rubbish. only thing im happy about is that the more these dumb fucks use the auto tunes the more its gonna get on everyones nerves and that will be the death of t-pain and the rest of the fake bullshit artists i have to deal with when i listen to hip hop