Have you guys heard the iTunes version of the album?
It's completely different mixed than the other versions, it makes Black Skinhead and Hold my Liquor sound way better, specifically on Black Skinhead because his screams at the end of the whole "So follow me fast cause there's no way to go....DOOOWWWN" is pumped up way louder.
Black Skinhead is also my favorite song right now.
then Blood on the Leaves
Then New Slaves
On Sight is a cracking opener inducting the new Kanye, so it gets my vote, its just way too raw between the indie acid house beat and the explicit lyrics.
I Am God, Blood on the leaves, and Hold My Liquor take hip hop in a similar new exciting direction. New Slaves is the obvious single, sounding like Mercy and Clique before it but with better storytelling.
The rest are also strong songs that hold their own, however Guilt Trip is a completely unnecessary come-down proving Yeezy ain't God and a perfect example of autotune gone wrong.
i tried hard to hate that album but couldnt. kanye proved me wrong. I think graduation is his worst but he really kanye doest have a bad album
new slaves, Black skinhead and blood on the leaves are easily the standouts but really the whole album is crazy aweomse
I am a fan of most of the songs on this album actually. I was kind of put off and tiffed by the first time I listened through the CD, but 2-3 songs into the second listen of the CD, I really started digging it. It is different and not your standard album by Kanye West, but then again, what really has been a "standard" or "by the books" album? I enjoy how refreshing it is.
I voted for Blood on the Leaves though since it was just so incredibly well done!
I'm listening right now.. Kanye always sounds like an inexperienced noob who gets worked up trying to prove himself, his vocals are really pathetic.
Sure, he should push himself and not idly say safe rehashed stuff, but he pushes himself too much and sounds like a childish fiasco. He just doesn't have the attitude that other boss rappers have.
Just compare this "I am a goddd!!!!" moron to Biggie or Nas.. Those guys knew how to create the illusion that they're invincible, this dude is screaming at me.
Edit: A couple of songs are good because the beats and samples save them, but otherwise his lyrical approach is annoying.