Today is a day that many people are probably listening to Kanye West’s new album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasty. One of its tracks, “All of the Lights,” featuring everyone plus Elton John’s guttural old ass beasting on the chorus, is clearly one of the high points (Are there low points? Don’t hate.), and much of that has to do with the monumental drum programming. Someone here said if Kanye performed it live with a marching band she would cry, but whoever made this beat did it alone, no reinforcements in funny hats. It instantly reminded us of Outkast’s “B.O.B.,” a song that some declared the best of the ’90s almost solely based on the ridiculous drums by Outkast’s in-house production team Earthtone III. Maybe it’s a case of new love/best love, but “All of the Lights” feels like the strongest challenge to that song in a long time, at least in terms of outlandish percussion. Feel free to angrily disagree in the comments.
Kanye West f. John Legend, The-Dream, Ryan Leslie, Tony Williams, Charlie Wilson, Elly Jackson, Alicia Keys, Fergie, Kid Cudi, Rihanna and Elton John, “All of the Lights”