Kanye West – "Stronger" (Graduation, Hip Hop Since 1978/Roc-A-Fella 2007)

This sounds better with each listen – I mean, what kinda insane mixtape-birthed jam is this, Kanye rapping over Daft Punk’s “Harder Better Faster Stronger”? Soto pointed out that ‘Ye’s wearing Chris Lowe’s sunglasses (it’s true) in the video, the best thing the formerly-mighty Hype Williams has had a hand in, in years. I pointed out that it’s clearly Daft Punk in their robot suits in the vid – I mean, it has to be, doesn’t it? Love the Japanese cyberpunk theme, too. Dunno who produced it, but I’d bet it’s Kanye himself – that cheap-sounding drum whacking away under the DP sample sounds like no one else. And as for the lyrics, damn him for being so clever. Best couplet of course is the Prince/Apollonia/OJ/Isotoners one, though the Klondike/blonde dyke flip is off the proverbial heezy as well. He does know how to elevate his game, doesn’t he?

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