After trial, error and a name change or two Yeezus has proclaimed the blessing of “Swish” to arrive February 11th! As an avid fan of Kanye West, I’m excited to hear this news after what’s felt like a lengthy absence from the musical mainstage.
After his wife – the stunning Kim Kardashian – announced that he will be releasing new music every Friday, West gave us the first dose with “Real Friends,” a self-reflective track airing out some of West’s personal demons. Beyond that, I think it’s honestly a track that could prompt some real self-evaluation for the listeners as well.
Reading like a page from the personal diary of Mr. West, “Real Friends” puts Kanye’s personal life under the looking glass to really examine the personal relationships with the people who surround him and how some of the people closest may not be…well, real friends.
While this track is new to us, the back end of the file includes a snippet to “No More Parties in LA,” which we can only hope will be on “Swish.” This track, however has been in the works since as far back as 2010 during the days of “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.” With Kendrick Lamar now included on the track, this might turn out to be one of the album’s breakout singles. Let’s just hope “Facts” isn’t the Kanye’s leading mindset for this album.
After seeing the success of Drake and Future’s “Jumpman,” West decided to follow the trend for once and release “Facts,” an aggressive take on the Jumpman sound with shots fired at Nike while comparing sales numbers. This definitely isn’t the best West has to offer, but it can grow on you after two or three plays.
With what looks to be the return of G.O.O.D. Fridays and Pusha T at the helm of the G.O.O.D. Music mothership, 2016 may be the year we get some [more] amazing work from Kanye West. So far, there hasn’t been a confirmed tracklist released for “Swish,” but with what we’ve heard from Kanye West thus far, the anticipation may kill us.