Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Kanye Rocks Facebook HQ A Capella

Wow! Interesting things are happening at Facebook. First, the trailer for The Social Network, the movie about how Mark Zuckerberg started the website as a student at Harvard looks way, way more compelling than something with that title and subject matter seems like it would. (It stars Jesse Eisenberg and Justin Timberlake and was directed by David Fincher, who is most famous for making movies about serial killers, so, that's really funny!) Now, or yesterday actually, Kanye West comes to Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, stands up in front of group of employees and gives what is probably the greatest rap performance ever staged in a corporate conference room. With a nice suit, too, and without any musical backdrop (and so a little too spoken-word style for my personal taste.) But it should really lay to rest any remaining doubts as to Kanye's talent with words. He is not just a good writer of rhymes. He is great one. As was indicated earlier this summer by the great single, "Power," the half a year he spent out of the public eye seems to have been a fruitful time for him, artistically.

Here's the Social Network trailer. The stunning version of Radiohead's "Creep" that plays behind it is performed by Belgian woman's choir called Scala, conducted by Stijn Kolacny, with the piano accompaniment of his brother, Steven Kolacny. (Older readers will recall Scala's excellent cover of Divynl's "I Touch Myself.")

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Slava (#216)

At first I was like :|
But then I was all ಥ_ಥ
Is beautiful!

keisertroll (#1,117)

And at AOL, Master P is interrupting lunch with incessant grunting.

Eureka Street (#1,349)

I stay current with Lycos news.

All that an a gratuitous Twitter diss! That man is on. message.

Slava (#216)

Don't think so… It seems like all the recent rappers have at least one verse calling out the haters on Twitter and the Blogs.

keisertroll (#1,117)

I've got 140 characters but a bitch ain't one HIT ME!!!

keisertroll (#1,117)

Mark Zuckerberg can't wear skinny jeans 'cuz his nuts don't fit.

slow education (#3,659)

Kanye definitely has a way with a punchline (my favorite: "couldn't afford a car so she named her daughter Alexis"), but great rhymer? To me, the story of Kanye is how he compensated for his weaknesses (the bagginess and predictability of many of his rhymes, lack of Outkast/Jay-Z/Weezy level charisma on the mic) with his strengths (fantastic production, a (sadly intermittent) sense of humor, and an original and unpredictable choice of subject matter).

slow education (#3,659)

See also: the-dream, although I think his lack of charisma is more complete and more crippling.

Matt (#26)

Oh but see? Sure, he does not have the sheer technical virtuosity of a Boi, Dre, Wayne, Doom, or (when he cares to) Shawn; really who could?! But charisma? Kanye has loads of charisma! This is why people either love to hate, hate to love, or just simply love the man! Also, his rhymes may be simple, but they are hooky as hell. You can rap along to Kanye (like Jay at his pop-wise best, if not his technical best, it should be said), and that is all part of his charm. He rhymes like he produces tracks — that shit sicks to your ribs. And with panache!

slow education (#3,659)

I think Kanye is an effective self-promoter insofar as when he says "OH HI PAY ATTENTION TO ME" people listen, whereas with any of those other MCs you listed (all of whom I would argue are a cut above Kanye) you sort of can't NOT pay attention. No question that Kanye is a great example of someone getting the absolute most out of what god/his momma gave him though. (see also: ms. gaga).

slow education (#3,659)

supposed to be @matt

Maya Mayfield (#6,592)


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