Kanye West vs. Jay-Z

Written by  //  November 2, 2010  //  Music, The Conservatory  //  No comments

Like This and Like That is the new column from Snobcast extraordinaire, Father Guido Sarducci IV. The procedure: Every morning (OK, maybe not every morning) Guido will snatch the first crisp, clean & new mp3 he stumbles upon, listen to it at least once, and then find an old song (ten years or more) for some good old-fashioned compare and contrast. The purpose: To draw a line between the modern and the out-of-date. The premise: To expose the kids to their past while also showing the unfashionable adults that there’s great new music being made every day. Thus, if you like This than you might like That.

Take One For The Team” by Kanye West feat. Keri Hilson, Pusha T & CyHi Da Prynce vs “Is That Your Bitch” by Jay-Z feat. Twista and Missy Elliott

Every friday for the past few months has become G.O.O.D. Fridays. This is a Kanye West marketing campaign that sees Kanye dropping a posse cut every friday… for free download. Are they any good? Well, I’m sure most of you have your own opinion before you even hit play. Some of these are already hits (“Power remix”), some have been controversial (“Runaway Love remix” feat. Justin Bieber & Raekwon), some are actually good (“The Joy” “So Appalled”). However, some are just your average “this has been done better before” Kanyeisms. “Take One For The Team” is BORING!

Here’s my theory: People will forgive your misogyny if you’re having fun with it. Look at how many people who identify themselves as feminists get hyped when you put on “Ain’t No Fun (If The Homies Can’t Have None)”. “Is That Your Bitch”, from Vol. 3… Life And Times Of S. Carter (1999), falls into the same camp as “Ain’t No Fun”. I don’t care that Jay-Z is rapping about pimping my girl, because he does it sooooo wellllllll. Then you’ve got Missy Elliott knockin’ on “your bitch” on the hook. You can’t even compare that to Keri Hilson‘s insincere lines in the Kanye joint.

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Father Guido Sarducci IV

Father Guido Sarducci IV is master of the Snobcast, Olympic parasailer, and uber-model.

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