One Houston emcee wonders if Kanye’s current summer suite puts the G.O.O.D. Music brand on par with the legendary Wu-Tang Clan.

When Kanye West first “revealed” the lineup albums that he’d be releasing this summer – all of which were solely produced by him – on Twitter, I laughed. I had written off Mr. West behind his unsound political opinions, his recent backing of President Donald Trump, and his Twitter rants. In fact, I had all but LITERALLY written off Kanye West four years ago.

If nothing else, what Kanye showed me is that he might identify as bipolar, but his ear for solid production isn’t off-kilter at all. Each of the four albums that Kanye has played a part in up until now have had some incredible samples and stellar beats behind the lyrics. And Friday, Teyana Taylor will serve as Ye’s grand finale.

But while most of us were just enjoying the music, Jay-Von was busy thinking. The Mo. City emcee and Picture My Vision Entertainment President has always been one to look beyond the surface. He saw a common thread between all four Ye-produced rap projects, beyond the fact that they all had seven songs and Mr. West on the boards. And so, Jay-Von made a bold declaration and dared to defend it. Day & A Dream just happened to be the ones he chose to relay his message.


I’m going to ask a question that’s been on my mind for a while – Is G.O.O.D. Music the New Wu-Tang??

Before you stone me (lol), no, a label compiled of several different rappers and singers cannot completely compare to the legendary nine-man group. That said, there are MANY similarities.

 

Let’s start with this run that Kanye is on. First up, consider Pusha T’s Daytona LP. Daytona is, by far, is the closest thing we’ve heard to “The Purple Tape” (aka Raekwon’s Only Built 4 Cuban Linx) in a WHILE. There are the samples and the choppiness of the beats. And then there’s the grittiness of the sound and the flow/sequencing of its seven tracks. Quite frankly, the only place Daytona falls short, in my humble opinion, is in its failure to really build on its cinematic feel.

 

Now we have to consider Kanye’s album, Ye. To me (TO ME!), Ye reminds me a lot of Method Man’s Tical album. There’s a strong presence of emotion, the production is a little more emphasized in the beats, and the lyrics aren’t always the type to go over the listeners’ head. In fact, the lyrics are painted pretty plain, almost like Kanye wanted to draw in as many people as possible, even on its more women-friendly, less macho records like “You’re All I Need” & “Wouldn’t Leave.” Ye is definitely calmer fare compared to Linx or Daytona. 

Then, there’s the Kid Cudi/Kanye collaboration, Kids See Ghosts. How fitting that I compare KSG to Ghostface Killah’s Ironman LP, and I’ll tell you why. Just as Rae returned the favor for Ghost heavily assisting him on Linx, Ye uses Kids See Ghosts to pay it forward and reintroduce Cudi to the world. Most fans know of Cudi’s extreme talent already, ubt in today’s shuffle of artists, it’s very easy to forget about someone who releases as sparingly as Cudi does. The thing about good music (no pun intended, I promise), is it’s typically timeless. You take your time creating it so that, once it’s released, it lasts longer than the microwaveable stuff we’ve grown used to. KSG does differ from Ironman in terms of its sonics, though, as the Ye and Cudi project has a much more pop/rock-infused sound.

 

That leaves us with the last rap album in Kanye’s grand “seven songs or nothing” experiment – Nasir, which has Kanye teaming up with Queensbridge-bred MC Nas. The poetics throughout Nasir alone instantly draws a direct comparison to the lyrical swordsman himself, GZA. Nasir isn’t cover-to-cover cinematic, but it still has many cinematic moments. “Cops Shot the Kid” is the most direct example, its cinematic feel heightened even more due to its Richard Pryor intro.

So in conclusion, I ask again, “is G.O.O.D. the new Wu?”

The answer: Hell no! Haha. BUT the way Kanye is going about tackling samples currently, chopping them to bits and releasing (what many are saying is) classic bodies of work consistently, definitely is a bit reminiscent of how RZA crushed the game once upon a time.

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