#73 Kanye West - “Bound 2”
Cory: Love it. Love everything about it. Love the super minimal, Yeezus-y take on “old Kanye” beats, love the silly cologne commercial music video. #Kanye4PrezOfMusic. 9/10
Karin: Okay. Deep breaths. I like this song, I guess. I do. I like it, and I like what Kanye tries. I think he is experimental with his music, and that’s interesting to me. 9/10 BUT THE VIDEO YOU GUYS, do you remember that music video of Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley. That video perfectly sums up what I think about this video.
Brian: Just yesterday I realized the genius of “Bound 2” within the context of Yeezus. It’s an amazing song on its own, but it’s a masterstroke as a bookend on that album. The first track of this album is "On Sight," arguably the harshest track on a very harsh album. The beat is distorted, non-melodic, and repetitive. The delivery is aggro. The lyrics are just gross. Right in the middle of this song that is so casutic that it borders on unlistenable, is one little breather: a “hook” that is pure classic Kanye, a simple, untouched soul sample. And then right back into the darkness. The rest of the album is pure id. Primal, abrasive beats, angry, reactionary lyrics, and the most aggressive flow we’ve ever seen from Ye. And then right at the end, we get the EXACT OPPOSITE of “On Sight.” He flips the beat of “On Sight,” putting the old-school Kanye soul sample on the verses and the harsh synths on the short hook. The lyrics mock the nasty sexuality presented on every other track of the album. The flow is playful, bordering on sweet. It’s the antithesis of Yeezus, and an exact mirror of the opening track. Kanye has stated that this album is his Nebraska and his next will be his Born in the U.S.A., referencing Springsteen’s bleakest album preceding his poppiest. After this sometimes arduous trudge through the darkest corners of Ye’s mind, this song is a light at the end of the tunnel, a preview of pop to come. I hope to God I’m right, because, fuck, “On Sight” is hard to listen to. 10/10
Brady: Kanye West is pushing art forward. Who else in pop music can you really say that about? 10/10