Call me crazy, but I think Kanye West may finally have learned to let go; on his latest G.O.O.D. Fridays leak, the hip-hop megastar takes a new approach to the familiar breakup theme, telling the girl he loves “Don’t Look Down” as she rises, phoenix-like, from the ashes of their failed relationship. In addition to revisiting the subject matter of his last full-length, West employs Swizzy (and The Individualz) to refine the 808s sound here, flipping a mournful piano-brass-synth arrangement into something of a hip-hop funeral march with the help of some rolling snares. As usual, a few high-profile collaborators are along for the ride; flanking West’s overdriven middle bars are contributions from Chi-town mainstay Lupe Fiasco, who makes full use of the flight/flame imagery in his opener and Big Sean, who brings the cut to a close with a few melodic flows of his own. Last but not least, Mos Def hops on board to deliver an appropriately lofty chorus – no guest bars this time, unfortunately. Has Kanye scored yet another G.O.O.D. Friday hit? You tell me. Either way, you’ll be missing out if you don’t pick up a copy of his fifth LP, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, when it hits stores Nov. 22.
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