Kanye West and Pusha T
“New God Flow”
I don’t know but I’ve been told … (I don’t know but I’ve been told)
Ye’s new track is solid gold … (Ye’s new track is solid gold)!
Last Friday, we were graced with a “New God Flow”. This is the newest track in the newest series of G.O.O.D. Friday releases, and in my opinion, the best of the bunch. “Mercy” is a good enough track and all, but “New God Flow” just dominates. It’s bound to be one of Kanye’s most show-stopping songs of his career, and whether you like Pusha T or not, you can’t deny a few of his lines in this one. Plus the hook is a Ghostface Killah sample … ’nuff said.
The first two verses are owned by Pusha T. Right out of the gate, he demands your attention by establishing his presence with the line “I believe there is a God above me, I’m just the God of everything else. I put holes in everything else.” The dominating force behind his voice is almost scary. His voice infliction is clearly influenced greatly by Kanye in those lines, but I must say, he is using it well. He’s definitely taking on Kanye’s ego as well, deeming himself the “G.O.O.D music golden child”. But similar to Yeezy’s cockiness, is not backed up? It’s really great to hear Pusha T open the track with some killer quotables, and the best part is, those quotables just don’t seem to stop coming for the next four and half minutes. Especially when verse three arrives. This is because verse three belongs to Kanye, and Kanye proves exactly why (when he uses it) his creativity, his cleverness, and his boldness (and yes, even his ego) can trump almost anyone else in the game.
From the first line of Kanye’s verse, I knew he was about to annihilate the rest of this track. Which he does. Brutally. He brutally slaughters the remaining two and half minutes with some of his most potently quotable and clever lines ever. I want to just list out every line he spits here, and offer up an explanation as to why it dominates so hard, but let’s be real, you don’t want to read that much nonsensical blubbering.
I will however, throw out a few moments I think are worth mentioning. He kicks off by claiming his “Yeezy’s” jumped over the “Jumpman”. Pretty bold move since Jordans have owned the shoe market for how many years now? Nonetheless, a very hilarious jab and proof that when you don’t limit your ego, there isn’t anything you CAN’T jab. Then he throws out a Lebron comparison, in which the parallels are actually strikingly accurate. Looking at the relationship with Kanye and his public from the time of the Taylor Swift incident to after the release of Fantasy, from my point of view, looks similar to Lebron’s relationship with the public from when he left Cleveland with the Decision up until two weeks ago. Of course they do still have their haters, but a lot more love backs them now. Yeezy continues to name drop, declaring that he is “Living three dreams: Biggie Smalls, Dr. King, Rodney King’s”, gives a shout out to the late-great Whitney Houston, and even finds extremely clever ways to pull Erik Sermon, Jay-Z, and Richard Pryor into the mix. Not to mention a few biblical references that time up with the shattering breakdown of the song.
Which leads me to my wrap-up. The song is extremely enjoyable for many reasons. It’s extremely high energy throughout, Kanye’s lines are on par with his best, and Pusha T (although quite out-staged by the third verse) fairs very well for himself. All that to say, my favorite moments of the track reside in the last minute and a half. The intense breakdown that begins right at 3:31, really takes this track home. It’s like the everything that came before this moment is simply building up to it and then BAM! … it releases like a flood gate. “Did Moses not part, the water with the cane? Did strippers not make an arc when I made it rain?” Probably my favorite line of the song, and kicks off an incredible closer.
It’s real hard for me to get picky with this track. Trying to find a qualm with this one simply for qualm’s sake, just doesn’t seem worthwhile. Throwing out the ole “I don’t know but I’ve been told …” military cadence at the end of the track could come off as a bit over-the-top to some, but not to me. My eyes are on the prize and like I said earlier, when I see this song live some day, I am confident that with the energy this outro entails it will be a show-stopping crowd favorite for sure. I do think the novelty of the “new” track will eventually fade just a bit, so you certainly won’t hear me make any emotional statements like claiming it’s Kanye’s greatest track or anything, but for the moment … “New God Flow, f$&% everything else!”