Kanye West - Blame Game (ft. John Legend)
Honestly, if I had to pick a single favorite album of all time it would likely be this one. This song is incredibly underrated and is mostly overshadowed by that “The Best Birthday” Chris Rock bit at the end here. It was the closest that Kanye had come to having a skit since Late Registration. While still fairly goofy, the mood clearly showed what difference five years had made; it was instantly quotable (I mean, “Yeezy taught me” was legitimately part of the lexicon for a while there), but it felt a little darker considering the preceding five minutes. The song is an introspective moment on a dynamic album. He uses a manipulated lower voice to condemn things he both thought and said during tumultuous times when he was reluctant to emotionally confront certain things in a constructive way. Yeah, Kanye West probably has emotions like a real person. Well, maybe not entirely like a real person.
Life is weird, sometimes serendipitously so. Sometimes you move to a new space and are surrounded by mostly new people. Sometimes you transfer to working in another location to accommodate the move which was for your other, newer job in the first place. Sometimes you’re revisiting an album on a nice walk to work, and sometimes you stroll in for the first time and find out that your ex-girlfriend works there. Oops. Awkward (but actually awkward and not like how some people liberally drop that word). And maybe, just maybe, sometimes you realize that when you have a music blog and are ultimately there to talk about the stuff that is sticking with you, you don’t always need to use your Tuesday slot to post something fresh and new because you have a bizarre compulsion for your content to always be relevant. Okay, I’m done with that. This is the one that is sticking with me today today, but probably not for the reason you’d think after reading this.
Sometimes you can have a weird post once in a while. It’s been a weird week.