As the second installment of Kanye West’s resurrection of G.O.O.D. Friday, we get the full, sample-heavy Soundcloud release of “No More Parties in L.A.”
Story By: Nico “Blitz” Triunfante
Originally a snippet from “Real Friends”, the second song off his upcoming LP, Swish, is a congested track that has attention spans flying in all sorts of directions.
West used numerous samples on this track including:
Suzie Thundertussy by Junie Morrison (Sample at 0:00, 0:11, 0:20)
Give Me My Love by Johnny Guitar Watson (Sample at 0:01)
Mighty Healthy by Ghostface Killah (Sample at 1:22)
On paper, three samples on one song sounds messy as it is, but of course, Ye finds a way to create an atmosphere that evokes a College Dropout, yet modern hip-hop type instrumental. However with the usage of numerous samples, one problem arises: no room for lyricism.
After hearing “Real Friends” my expectations for “No Parties in LA” were geared toward conscious rap. Though the beat on both these tracks are amazing, the two differentiate between their levels of lyricism.
During my first listen I couldn’t help but get distracted by the beat because of the immense creativity that was carefully placed in every couple bars of the song. Though repetitive, it definitely hit home with an old school feel, where freestyling becomes the primary rap method for this track. I felt that Yeezy and Kendrick Lamar were freestyle rapping, which usually doesn’t link with conscious rap most of the time.
When speaking loudly about my initial reaction to the song, a student from Cal State LA had overheard my thoughts and decided to join in on the discussion.
Michael Lawrence, lyrical rap enthusiast, agrees that the Swish installment was a friend to the trap hop movement.
“My initial reaction was that the song had me in a sense that they are trying to possibly create something new. Lately we’ve heard a lot of bass, like Future-type beats, the Metro Boomin-type beats,” Lawrence said. “When it comes to Kendrick and Kanye, they are more of the type to push the envelope in different directions, but with No More Parties in L.A., they kind of missed the mark because they were trying to go with something so different. It had so many different elements going on and I couldn’t really focus in on the message they were trying to get across.”
When asked about the lyricism of the track, Lawrence voiced out the congestion he felt when hearing the duo rap.
“The thing with that is that when I tried to listen to it, I tried to really think about what was going on, and I tried to think about specifics in the song,” Lawrence said. “Even right now I can’t link in on one specific thing from the song because there was so much going on in it.”