I have never posted my long rant about why hip-hop and rap are not only awesome, but logical continuations of 70s disco and rock, especially the blues tradition in the latter, a return to the bottom-up type of musical innovation (that can also be found in 90s alternative), and it’s embrace of the modern folk tradition that, even today, isn’t really present in many other forms of contemporary music. But it’s long, defensive, goes to the race and class place (“I don’t like rap and country:” often code for “I don’t like/an uncomfortable with things produced by people of color and the rural poor.”) and it might show up in my B.A, so you’ll hear all about it anyway.
So. I am crazy excited for this album, mostly for Kanye (WHY WON’T YOU LET HIM BE GREAT????), but I am crossing my fingers for Yeezy to have pushed Jay musically, so that we’ll see a return to form, like on The Blueprint and The Black Album.
I will probs pay money for this, even though neither of these dudes need my dollars.