[Verse 3: Kanye West]
That verse was expected, but the production isn’t by Kanye, which disappointed some fans. He’s probably saving all the good beats for himself and his 6th solo album. This was also probably a way to introduce Lifted, who recently signed to the label.
The beat Kanye raps over is completely different from the rest of the track. This may be a collab album, but that doesn’t mean the ego completely leaves. He still saves the dramatic breakdown for himself. He’s done this before.
The source of the chord progression in this section is Giorgio Moroder’s “Tony’s Theme” from the Scarface soundtrack—apt, since if Ye is going to stand out on a track like this, he wants to do it like a true king. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMS9OEvc0rk
The unique sound of pulsating synths sounds as if it could come straight off of a Daft Punk or Justice EP—which should not be totally unexpected. This is the same guy that shocked everyone when his “Lost in the World”/“Who Will Survive in America” turned out to be a high-powered, four-to-the-floor epic (featuring Wisconsin cabin-crooners Bon Iver to boot). With songs like “Paranoid” (808s) and even back to “The New Workout Plan” as evidence, we know Kanye’s not really that uncomfortable fucking with Electro-house, 80s House, and Indie—all in a Hip-Hop song. Besides, if he wasn’t a fan, he wouldn’t have been the one to debut the music video for Justice’s “Stress” in 2008.
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