Moment Of Silence For Donda
What’s going on everyone? I am right back with you today to cover part one of not just Drake’s project but Kanye West’s as well. Since both came out within three days of each other it makes sense to drop both on the same day as they intended. After the full review of each song I will give an overall takeaway followed by my opinion on which album was better. Seeing as how this album has twenty-seven songs I am going to jump right in.
Long Time Coming, Kanye
The album begins with the Donda Chant. Now, at first it was extremely annoying and repetitive until I heard that the chant itself represents the BPM (Beats Per Minute) for Donda’s heart rate before she died. Hearing that made me respect and understand it a lot better. It sets the tone greatly but I think the overall execution was missed but I will get to that later. Jail featuring Jay-Z is a monster record. The part that got me was when Hov said “We know what hell look like/ Still it’s a hell of a life.” Not sure if I would have had the first record after a chant for my mothers heartbeat be about going to jail but hey, that’s just me.
Inhale (In Hell)
“God Breathed” killed me with the overly repetitive hook which is a common theme on this project it seemed. Personally, I would have moved this up to be the second record and not the third. It feels more cohesive to me. Here we go again with the repetitive hooks. Even while driving around NYC I was still annoyed by “Off The Grid” hook. Lyrically and flow wise Kanye wasn’t playing on this record. This is one of those where he was in the zone and in the pocket ridiculously.
Weather Forecast For Kanye
“Hurricane” stuck out to me. the combination of the the beat, The Weeknd and message made me pay close to attention. Lil Baby also flames the feature but it’s Kanye of course who brings the concept together beautifully. “Praise God” is an exert from Donda. In small doses we were getting tidbits of the theme but that exert made it feel like a real Donda project and not just an album with her name on it. “Jonah” was a tad bit heavy on the auto tune. I had to look up what was being said in the hook. For those of you who were just as lost as I was allow me to provide some clarity.
Like who’s here when I need a shoulder to lean on?
I hope you’re here when I need the demons to be gone
And it’s not fair that I had to fight ’em all on my own
Okay Okay, He’s Not Okay
Yeah, I didn’t catch that last line at all. The features were fine but didn’t really grab me. Kanye’s verse was the same. Overall it was just an ‘eh’ type of record. Jumping in “OK OK” I immediately paid attention. The reason being is because I notice a lot of artist have titles about being OK or lack thereof. You take that and think about his mental health these past few years and you have the possibility of a crazy record literally. The production has been sound (pun intended). This beat in particular gives me a dark circus type of vibe. Almost like MBDTF meets UniverSoul Circus.
The Last Batch
“Junya” was just a miss in my opinion. The bass hits hard I will give it that. Lyrically it was just too random and no real concept. This was directed towards Drake if you really look at what’s being said.
Move out of the way of my release (yeah, yeah, yeah)
Tryna get me off my Qs and Ps (yeah, yeah, watch it)
Why can’t losers never lose in peace? (Yeah, yeah, watch it)
Ain’t nobody ’round me losing sleep
Better find God ‘fore he find me
Tell the Devil good night, go to sleep
This really makes me think seeing as how Drake refers to himself as the 6 God and in Christianity the number 666 is the mark of the beast, Lucifer or the devil. Everything could be one big coincidence, you be the judge. “Believe What I say” is a solid hit. What do you expect when you sample Lauryn Hill? The track has a happy bbq type of vibe to me. The lyrics were solid and the transitions dictated you to move your body.
This brings us to a close for this portion of the album. Swing through tomorrow as we break down the second installment of the records from Donda.