Kanye West’s ‘Love’ Light Shines Strong

Kanye West and I have had a tortuous relationship. One that has been made more difficult given his infamous and career-defining antics. And in order to be one of his fans, you have to learn to completely ignore his ranting and raving simply to enjoy the fact that he is a genre-bending force when it comes to hip hop music. Some time ago, Talib Kweli had stated that Kanye's attitude is part of "his shtick," one that other artists seem to understand very well. So when Kanye decreed that he was absolutely, no way, and under no circumstances going to appear on MTV's Video Music Awards this year, we, the public, collectively shrugged it off. So when he did appear, we watched with no extra enthusiasm because the VMAs had disappointed during the entire telecast. But when Kanye closed the VMAs with his new single "Love Lockdown" from his upcoming album, 808's & Heartbreak , I was more than surprised to find myself digging on Kanye's decision to sing the lyrics, despite some of you who would differ. Add to all this the spartan stage design, Kanye's actual "love light" glowing on his chest and the drummers keeping the beat in the background. This track delivers, proving that Kanye, despite all his pouting and posturing, is taking hip hop to a place that will leave others behind.

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  1. who ever wrote this article is an absolute idiot and should be fired for having a biased oppinion. Kanyes new song is nothing new at all. do you remember snoop dogg and lil wayne and even akon? all whom have already used the robot voice. this is a perfect example on how a good artist goes stupid. its nothing new at all and kanye is just riding the wave of the ever so popular robot voice. not creative or innovative at all. And the song sucked ass. the same phrase repeated over and over for a whole three minutes. again, whoever wrote this article should be fired because you have no real taste in music at all!!!!!!

  2. Wow, aaron, I never knew that one little opinion (mine) would have you so upset.
    You may not like my opinion, and I may not like yours, but what's great is that I can express that without sounding like such a jerk.
    Oh, and stay bouncin'

  3. "this track delivers, proving that Kanye, despite all his pouting and posturing, is taking hip hop to a place that will leave others behind."
    couldn't have been put better. my only thing is that i saw someone on twitter who said, "after the 18th time listening to it, i started to feel it." we all know 'ye's lucky that people will jam his shit until they start to like it. most artists don't get 1 listen! that's how you know you're a superstar. when people WANT to like what you put out, regardless of what it is. i still need to hear the studio quality joint to make a decision.
    but his little heart joint that lit up was crucial.

  4. After chiming in against auto-tune on that recent poll, I don't mind Ye's use here. Okay maybe I'm giving him a pass because I'm assuming this track came out of his pain from his mother's passing: the sentiment is honest, if the vocals "assisted". I'll approve auto-tune on song with greater purpose than ass-smacking.

  5. "I'll approve auto-tune on a song with greater purpose than ass-smacking. "
    Best. Comment. Ever.

  6. Hot mess. That is all.

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    With comments like these I see why the game's so f-ed up right now. Oh please the comment about the "T-Pain" sound? If you want to keep it funky he stole that ish from Zapp, and they stole it from dude... cant remmber his name but the white boy. *(no racial harm meant here... just cant remember dude's name.) But really, It does sound like Ye's trying to get something off his chest, and I'm feeling it. IMO I dont see this track as being a club banger, simply because of the repetative verses, it comes off more as a chant to me, or kinda like cadence... something to kind pump you up, get the mental juices flowing positively. *(which alot of people in the world need) I'm not going to sit here and vent about the state of hip-hop because honestly Ye's probably more hip-hop than alot of major players right now in the industry. Yeah I said it... listen attentively and you'll hear the rappers and easily be able to distinguish them from the emcees. This one is kinda like MosDef's Umi Sez to me... a chant. Not something you pop bottles, and date models to... or even posted up in the parking lot on 28"s sitting on top of your escalade music... this is that I'm about to change the world or make a difference in someone's life music. Haters don't stop what you're doing... you keep adding fuel to the creative fire.

  8. have you ever understood that the robotic voice that all these artists "want" is actually pitch correction to hide their flaws. Keep in mind your listening to hip hop artists. Words mean more than tonal qualities and pitch. They can tell stories. They can't sing. BUT, Ye gave vulnerability in this song. It's undeniable the song was response to his exact feeling through his mother and whatever else we the public aren't privy to hearing. Regardless, as a producer and musician myself, there is a truth and clarity behind Ye's exposition and earnestness in this song. Brilliant, and there has been nothing so definitive and breakthrough since Blackstar.