This week, the song hits a little too close to home for Chris and Travis: Absolutely swarmed by the paparazzi as they strut down that red carpet, through the gold-plated doors, into the brick hallway, down the creaky stairs, and into the basement where their girlfriends force them to record the podcast because they're so goddamn loud, the WTT crew just understands where Kanye West is coming from on Flashing Lights. And they get into in this episode, where they discuss the structure of what is actually a very strange and convoluted song, which fits perfectly into Graduation's narrative about Kanye exiting his College Dropout phase and emerging as New Kanye.
Martin Connor analyzes production in hip hop music living on his website, Rap Analysis. In his StorYe, he discusses the evolution of Kanye's production from soul-sample-heavy to weird-as-shit.
Kanye’s soul samples have become the orientations through which all of his stories are experienced, even as they begin to occupy ever more fragmented parts of his structures, keys, or mixes. It seems, then, that soul samples for Kanye have always had a significance that is purely cultural, having come from a genre that was mostly nurtured and developed by Black artists themselves. It is just that, in his most recent albums, Kanye has brought this role of theirs fully to the forefront.
This episode is also brought to you by Audible. Go to www.audibletrial.com/wtt to get a free audiobook and test out a 30-day trial with Audible.