Sunday, August 28, 2011
A song a day: Jay Z and Kanye West - No church in the wild
I don't know when it became the fall back position for hip hop and r'n'b stars to make songs that sound like early 90's eurotrash techno but it seems to be everywhere at the moment. Simply hire David Guetta and instant hit ensues. It looks like Jay Z and Kanye have been looking backward too on this track and I guess the reason I like this song so much is that it reminds me of prime Massive Attack. The dark insistence of the bass coupled with the menacing repetitive riff sounds like a sped up version of something from Blue Lines or Protection. It isn't trip hop by any stretch of the imagination but if we recast the song this way:
Jay Z = 3D/Daddy G
Kanye = Tricky
Frank Ocean = Horace Andy
I think you can understand what I'm saying if you know Massive Attack at all. While like I both these guys I think Kanye has been doing the most consistent and interesting work of the two (sorry Jay, I'm not about to forget that album with Linkin Park). That being said, Jay Z sounds rejuvenated here and the song which essentially explores the Godless hedonism of the hip hop lifestyle is compelling because of it's dark undertow. So far the best song off Watch the Throne for me.