Song of the Day #2,028: ‘Black Skinhead’ – Kanye West

yeezus_kanyeIn the seventh spot on the Village Voice Pazz & Jop list is another Kanye West track — he really dominated the poll this year.

I like ‘Black Skinhead’ better than ‘New Slaves’ but I still don’t see how this is one of the best songs of the year. I think the brazenness of Kanye’s music, and the man himself, scores him points with critics. He doesn’t just make music, he makes performance art.

And this song does have a pretty sick beat. It seems Yeezus is much more aggressive, lyrically and musically, than Kanye’s previous albums. No silky R&B samples on the tracks I’ve heard so far.

That’s effective, to a degree, but it’s not the kind of thing I’d return to more than once. Even Eminem, a rapper known for his aggression, doesn’t stay in that hardcore zone very often.

[Verse 1]
For my theme song
My leather black jeans on
My by-any-means on
Pardon, I’m getting my scream on
Enter the kingdom
But watch who you bring home
They see a black man with a white woman
At the top floor they gone come to kill King Kong
Middle America packed in
Came to see me in my black skin
Number one question they’re askin’
Fuck every question you askin’
If I don’t get ran out by Catholics
Here come some conservative Baptists
Claiming I’m overreactin’
Like them black kids in Chiraq bitch

[Hook]
Four in the mornin’, and I’m zonin’
They say I’m possessed, it’s an omen
I keep it 300, like the Romans
300 bitches, where the Trojans?
Baby we livin’ in the moment
I’ve been a menace for the longest
But I ain’t finished, I’m devoted
And you know it, and you know it

[Bridge]
So follow me up cause this shit ’bout to go (down)
I’m doing 500, I’m outta control (now)
But there’s nowhere to go (now)
And there’s no way to slow (down)
If I knew what I knew in the past
I would’ve been blacked out on your ass

[Hook]
Four in the mornin’, and I’m zonin’
They say I’m possessed, it’s an omen
I keep it 300, like the Romans
300 bitches, where the Trojans?
Baby, we livin’ in the moment
I’ve been a menace for the longest
But I ain’t finished, I’m devoted
And you know it, and you know it

[Verse 2]
Stop all that coon shit
Early morning cartoon shit
This is that goon shit
Fuck up your whole afternoon shit
I’m aware I’m a wolf
Soon as the moon hit
I’m aware I’m a king
Back out the tomb bitch
Black out the room, bitch
Stop all that coon shit
These niggas ain’t doin’ shit
Them niggas ain’t doin’ shit
Come on homie what happened
You niggas ain’t breathin’, you gaspin’
These niggas ain’t ready for action
Ready-ready for action

[Hook]
Four in the mornin’, and I’m zonin’
I think I’m possessed, it’s an omen
I keep it 300 like the Romans
300 bitches, where the Trojans?
Baby, we livin’ in the moment
I’ve been a menace for the longest
But I ain’t finished, I’m devoted
And you know it, and you know it

[Bridge]

[Outro]
God! God! God! God!

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #2,028: ‘Black Skinhead’ – Kanye West

  1. Dana says:

    I begrudgingly agree that this one is more compelling. Cool video too.

  2. Andrea Katz says:

    Romans, gladiators and Trojans…oh my!

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