Well talk about divisive: Kanye West’s sixth studio album, Yeezus, leaked today and the Internet came out in full force to opine.
We’ll refrain from posting our thoughts on the album for now. Let the Twitterverse nuke itself first. But don’t forget it’s Friday, which means that almost three years ago the same cesspool of critical and comical thought would’ve been waiting anxiously for a new “G.O.O.D. Friday” track from Yeezy and friends. And after three years, despite what the site’s comment section indicated, let’s nominate the eponymous cut as one of the series’ best tracks.
To recap, here’s what “G.O.O.D. Friday” gave fans that Yeezus apparently hasn’t:
– The closest approximation of a song that would’ve appeared on The College Dropout that fans are likely to hear for a long, long time
– Quote-worthy Common, Kanye and Pusha T appearances
– A totally not-insufferable Big Sean cameo
– Kid Cudi at his best, which was playing G.O.O.D. Music’s hook man and nothing more
But king among what “G.O.O.D. Friday” gave listeners is an approachability that even My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy failed to provide. Yeezy did dish out the same high-culture braggadocio he’s been wont to serve, but the whole idea behind the track–its buoyant keys and break-back drums, its positivity, its bounce–is to say “fuck it, it’s Friday.” Is it a classic? No, but it’s damn near perfect for any Friday night playlist.
So no matter your opinion about Yeezus, let’s smile that the weekend’s right around the corner. Take it from Mr. Sourpuss himself: “And we’ll be here all evening, G.O.O.D. Fridays I hope you have a nice weekend.”