The rapper's magnum opus turned 10 years old over the weekend.
It's almost eerie how accurately Kanye West predicted his own fate when he uttered the words "I miss the old Kanye" on 2016's The Life of Pablo.
In my head, and likely in the memories of many others, there are two Kanyes: a then and a now. Both are cocky, self-important, certifiable jerks, but then, he at least still felt a marginal need to continue proving himself.
Now, he's so immeasurably detached from reality that it's a little hard to take anything he does or creates seriously—at this point, I find it difficult to even care. I don't want to explicitly cite a certain presidential election and its aftermath as the dividing line between the Kanye of then and now in my conscience, but...yeah, Kanye rubbing elbows with Trump was pretty much the last straw for me.
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Time to get ready for the long, Presidents' Day weekend with some great new tunes released this past week!
RELEASE RADAR is back and revamped to give you the breakdown of your top singles, albums, and videos to check out as you head into your weekend. Get ready to jam out with some of our favorite up-and-coming artists, plus celebrate new stuff from those you already know and love.
⭐️ PREMIERE ⭐️ | Rann | "Renegade Holiday"
The Brooklyn-based indie-pop act is preparing for their EP next week, but first comes their second single. The track is sexy and intense, emblematic of Cigarettes After Sex and The 1975 with the pop breeding of a power band like Phoenix. It may have taken the guys three years to follow-up on their 2015 LP, Yellowgun, but "Renegade Holiday" shows that good things are worth waiting for.
Best Bits: "...Dreaming of yesterday / Time to take a break / Gotta get away..."