Sunday, August 14, 2011

8/15/2011- Jay Z & Kanye West ft. Frank Ocean- Made in America (2011)

Do I even need an introduction for this? The music world and blogs have been in a frenzy over the release of Watch the Throne, and is targeted to sell over half a million units in its first week. The 11th track from the album, "Made in America", instantly became the standout track off the album for me upon first listen.

In lead single Otis, the term "luxury rap" is coined. I can't think of a more accurate description from such a blockbuster of an album- 2 of the most powerful MC's- hell- musicians in the world rapping over the best beats money can buy, concurrently rapping about the things they can buy. Gears switch on "Made in America", a more conscious, socio-political statement, repeatedly referencing Coretta Scott King, Malcolm X, and Sweet Baby Jesus.

If unfamiliar, OFWGKTA member Frank Ocean, arguably the most buzzed about R&B artist in the genre currently, creates an instantly recognizable and addictive chorus. Even if a bit uninspired, the song has substance. 'Ye and Z offer earnest, heartfelt verses- but the real story for the song is a much blogged about artist earning his first legitimate exposure to the mainstream.

The song is basically a potential single and radio smash waiting to happen.

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