I try not to read reviews until I see (movies) or hear (music) the work. I never want some reviewer to skewer my experience and I don’t want to subconsciously repeat what they say. In this age of the Internet, it is impossible to not read blurbs and a blurb I read about this album was that to forget the many singles Kanye has released over the summer this album should be listened to as a whole and I totally agree.
For the record Kanye initiated the free music program G.O.O.D. Fridays through his website on August 20, 2010, offering a free download of previously unreleased songs each Friday of the week, a portion of which were included on the album. Some of the songs on this album aren’t singles that you would play on the radio or in the club, but as a whole the album succeeds…in fact it’s a masterpiece.
I will say that Kanye West has always been an amazing producer and adequate rapper. For some people being a MC has to evolve and Kanye has evolved…as an MC. Kanye spits some of the best rhymes of his career on this album and I am going so far as to say that his rhymes and flow on ‘Monster’ are not only better than hip hop heavy hitters Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj and the most incredible Jay-Z, but the best of his whole career. On this song Kanye is a beast…or “Monster” as it were.
When I review an album I usually list track for track what’s HOT, but I’m not…I can’t for this album. Even for the tracks that I don't think is super hot, work with the complete piece. I usually also list who produced what of the hot tracks and again that’s futile. Below is a link where you can see for yourself who produced and appeared on these amazing tracks.