(I’m giving you this a day earlier because the next few days will be hectic.)
This is another banger from Kanye and crew.
We all know Nicki killed it but I have to side with Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon as the show stealer.
Vernon’s harmonizing was a thing of beauty.
He made that autotune his. The opening sets up the song up perfectly, giving off that eerie, scary vibe. The ending is fucking dope. It’s easily my favorite part of the song, and the part I recite the most. Props to Charlie Wilson for providing backup vocals on Vernon’s outro.
Both Kanye and Jay Z delivered good verses but Nicki’s was different. I don’t think many people expected her to hold her own and in fact have the most memorable verse on the song.
Jay Z was clever.
He included several fictional, well-known monsters like Godzilla and King Kong. He continued the wordplay by using verbs that related to monsters like (murder, kill, stomp, carnage). Great job Jay.
Kanye’s verse was: him. He bragged. He was arrogant, cocky, and funny. He was Kanye. He raps about this one girl and offers her a chance to be out of breath.
I believe the reason Nicki killed it was because she brought in a new element to the song. She switched her flow and tweaked her voice. She went from her normal voice to a high pitchy one to yelling, all within six bars. She transformed herself in the song by turning into another Nicki, Nicki 2.0. She—like Jay Z—included monster wordplay, even taking the role of a monster, killing a victim in the process.
This was dope, and eventually led to being released as a single.