This week’s G.O.O.D Friday release has some history. If you’ve been following the Kanye West Promo Tour of Egocentricity then you’ll remember these verses being spit at the offices of Facebook and Twitter. Much like the giant Horus medallion he’s been sporting, West’s Chain Heavy is quite literally (lyrically) heavy. With Q-Tip the Abstract behind the boards crafting an elegant piano looped wrapped around some lengthy theremin work, Yeezy and his OG collaborators Consequence and Talib Kweli go for herringbones, Cuban links and the sort. The aforementioned Ye verses come with typical grandiose and bravado: “This is the making of a masterpiece / So we broke out the chains and told the Master peace!” Taking it back to the College Dropout-era, both Kweli and Consequence deliver stunning verses ripe with metaphors and punchlines including Kweli taking aim at rappers who aren’t as intelligent and close to the people as him (a.k.a. everyone). Cons is just as hungry, almost letting the phrase chain slip into every single bar from chain snatching to chain restaurants. Make sure your chain’s not tucked in when you cop My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy on November 22, with this doubling as an iTunes bonus cut.
Written by Brando on 11/14/10
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