With an official tracklist and release date for WAVVES the wait for Kanye West is coming to an end. His sixth album Yeezus came out in 2012 so this album feels long overdue but all it took was a couple tweets from Ye’s wifey Kim Kardashian to reignite some excitement with the announcement of the return of G.O.O.D Fridays a couple weeks ago. While West hasn’t been too timely on the new song every week concept, the material that’s been released so far has me thinking the wait will definitely be worth it.
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) January 8, 2016
Facts was the first song to be released from the G.O.O.D Fridays return. With the success of the slightly extravagant Yeezy shoe and fashion line, West had to dedicate a song to boast about finally succeeding in the fashion industry on his own terms (“HOW SWAY?”), “Yeezy, Yeezy, Yeezy, they line up for days Nike out here bad, they can’t give shit away.” While I usually love Kanye rhymes at their most cocky level, “Facts” has to be my least favorite record out of the three new songs that are currently doing numbers on Soundcloud.
Next up, “Real Friends” the song that truly sparked my interest in this upcoming album. Produced by the mastermind himself with Havoc, Boi-1da and Frank Dukes, “Real Friends” gives me major nostalgia toward the College Dropout / Graduation days where you can find a majority of West’s most sincere, real work. From the Whodini sample to West getting very candid about his relationship issues with family while being in the spotlight, “When was the last time I remembered a birthday?
When was the last time I wasn’t in a hurry?” people that missed the “Classic Kanye” sound are most likely already obsessed with this one.
No More Parties In L.A.
A preview of “No More Parties In L.A.” was at the end of “Real Friends” and from first listen I quickly assumed it would be my favorite track out of the three. With a feature from Kendrick Lamar, “No More Parties In L.A.” is another track with that “Classic Kanye” sound that has Ye mastering what he does best. Hearing West and Lamar go back to back in the beginning was something that I didn’t know I’d love so much but the To Pimp A Butterfly rapper adds a nice West Coast, chill vibe to the track.
P.S. what’s a turbo thot Ye?
1. “Nina Chop”
2. “Father Stretch My Hands”
4. “High Lights”
5. “30 Hours”
6. “No More Parties in L.A.”
9. “Real Friends”
11. “Ultra Light Beams”
Everyone will get to hear the full-length album WAVES on February 11th but until then, replay these songs until that day comes.
UPDATE: The album is now called WAVES!