Kanye West And Jay-Z’s “Monster” Track Features Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross & Bon Iver

Aug 28th, 2010 // 3 Comments

Kanye West made good on his G.O.O.D. Friday promise, dropping his collab with Jay-Z, “Monster”, late Friday night. The six-minute track, which somehow manages to squeeze in Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon alongside ‘Ye and Jay, will be on the rap duo’s just announced 5-song EP Watch The Throne. Hear this epic-all star jam below.

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“I’m living in the future so my present is my past / My presence is a present, kiss my ass,” spits out ‘Ye in this literal monster of a song. We can’t believe how many different artists are crammed into this one record, and it manages not to sound like absolute chaos.

With five distinct artists all strutting their stuff (and/or vying for attention?), the one who shines the brightest (and the loudest) is hands down Mrs. Aubrey Drake Graham and possible Twitter prankster, Nicki Minaj.

“First thing’s first, I’ll eat your brains / Then Ima start rockin’ some gold teeth and fangs,” raps Nicki in a straight-up crazy verse, switching between personalities mid-sentence and ending her rap with a primal scream. Yowza.

Yet another collaborator on the track is M.I.A.’s producer husband Benjamin Bronfman, whom Kanye thanked via Twitter: “The tribal voices [on "Monster"] are so amazing.”

Do you guys agree? Does this monster have some bite?

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  1. Brandon

    it was a little boring, but nicki definitely killed it! when is her album coming out???

  2. J.Maurer

    My take:

    Rick Ross:
    While I find it sorta endearing that he’s now embracing the “fat motherf*cker” schtick that Biggie rocked for years, the rest of his verse was, while not regrettable, instantly forgettable.

    Ye & Jay:
    This one’s the polar opposite of the Power remix. On that one, Ye’s new lyrics were instantly rewindable, while Jay’s were — unfortunately — kinda generic, lackluster, faux-blockbuster. This time out, it seems like Kanye had a collection of stray punchlines that he strung together with whatever came to mind that rhymed, while Jay showed the world why he’s been in the Top 5 for so damned long. (That first verse, where Jay rhymes a million types of monsters together? That sh*t belongs in a Tim Burton stop motion animated feature!)

    Nicki Minaj:
    Either she’s becoming the most artistically self-aware rapper since Eminem, or someone in her corner is giving her some priceless advice, cuz this verse takes everything that made her so unique — the varying voices, the intentional stutters, the guttural throat sounds — and applies them to a looong set of off-the-wall allusions and witty one-liners that most emcees would sell their souls to ghostwriters for. Cutting way back on the brand name list-making, and (already cliche) blowjob references also makes this verse feel a lot less of a guilty pleasure than a lot of her other guest spots.

    Bon Iver:
    Nice touch, but by no means necessary. Still, this inclusion further fortifies Kanye’s reputation for combining outside influences in an effort to take hiphop to exciting and inspiring new places.

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