Kanye is always up to something. He may not have attended last night’s MTV VMAs, missing his very pregnant ex-girlfriend Amber Rose‘s baby bump reveal, but he did drop his latest single “Clique” with Big Sean and Jay-Z from the forthcoming G.O.O.D. Music compilation album Cruel Summer. Big Sean opens with his “young player from the D” flow that has carved out a lane all of his own. His witty wordplay gets you amped. It’s a great segue into Jay and Ye’s verses. Jay does his typical braggadocio about being bossy, “I ain’t talking Kelis.” He couldn’t go the entire verse without mentioning drug dealing, something he hasn’t sold in over a decade. Where he shines is his brief sped up flow rapping about numbers.
West puts the nail in the coffin with the closing verse, one that is the best of the three. The now famous “Ate breakfast at Gucci/ My girl a superstar all from a home movie,” stands out because of the reference to his girlfriend Kim Kardashian. But it’s lines like “Bow on our arrival/the un-American idols” that are far superior than his attempt at talking about his beau’s sextape before anyone else puts it in a song. This threesome works because each rapper has such vastly different flows. They may be onto something when they rap, “Ain’t nobody fresher than my motherf—– clique.”
Listen: Kanye West, Jay-Z and Big Sean: “Clique” [Pitchfork]
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