This is the new ’50s horror movie version of "Paranoid," still starring Rihanna, only this time there are schlocky titles and Kanye is a werewolf. We weren't mad at the previously leaked version, which reminded us of Rod Stewart for some reason, but this one is definitely better. Also, Kanye appears to have tracked all new synths for it—a generous treat. Having spent some time with Kanye at his house and studio while he recorded 808s for our recent cover story, we can tell you that every song on that album has about a thousand different versions, that Kanye probably still records new synths, new drums, new vocals for each just because he feels like it. Time willing, in five years we'll probably get 808s: The Redux, a five disc box set of updated songs, individual colorways, some fabric swatches and a Kanye-ologram that critiques whatever outfit you're wearing when you listen to it.
June 03, 2009