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New God Flow – Kanye West & Pusha T

4 Jul

Here’s a new track from Kanye with Pusha T. After winning a BET Award with Jay-Z (an award ceremony that had everything, including Jay-Z in direct competition with his missus, and Kanye getting interrupted during his speech in a Kanye-like way), Yeezy is on a high. He has every reason to be with awesome tracks like this one.

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Why I Love You – Jay Z & Kanye West (ft. Mr Hudson)

7 Jun

Skirts for men are apparently a big trend and thus Kanye stays well ahead of the crowd as per.

For some bizarre reason, I’ve only recently sat down and listened to Watch The Throne properly. And it’s been an utter delight. The first half of that album is fantastic and there are a few highlights that dot around the whole album. One of them is WHy I Love You , fifth from last on the album’s tracking. Here’s a little reminded of previous Kanye/Mr Hudson collab, Supernova:

So much of that pleases me – the imagery invoked by ‘as the warm champagne falls’ in partix – and there’s a similar indulgenc eot be had in Why I Love You. Like Lift Off, it’s a realy joy on Watch The Throne and a pretty fabulous addition. Listen after the jump:

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Midnight City – The White Panda (M83 & Kanye West)

26 Jan

M83: All kinds of awesome.

M83’s HurryUp,We’reDreaming was one of the my favourite albums of the last year and Midnight City was its stand-out track. I’ve been fairly reliably informed that it’s been featured a few times on Made In Chelsea, which, you know, fine. Here’s a neat The White Panda remix with Kanye West. It’s a pretty perfect tune for kicking back after a day of school/work/being awesome:

Official video for Midnight City after the jump (it’s worth it):

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10 Things I Love About Pop

7 Jan
KP, LMFAO and RiRi: 2011, it's like we never left 'ye.

KP, LMFAO and RiRi: 2011, it’s like we never left ‘ye.

Welcome to 10 Things I Love About Pop: 2012! Or, 10 Things I Loved About Pop In The Year The World Was Supposed To End. Whatever works for you. Let’s have some good news anyway, shall we? Michael and Jonah have both returned to the blog: Good for fans of Drake and indie bands respectively (more news from them later) and great news for Henry’s energy levels. There’s only so many unreleased Katy Perry demos one can write about. So let’s head into another year of pop music, head’s high and smiling. It’s as glossy and slightly disconcerting as ever and we’re going to have a lot of fun analyzing it. Enjoy:

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The Year In: Collaborations

29 Dec

Collabs (abbreviations are the only way that this post is going to be written with a trace of coherency before I collapse into my bed surrounded my holiday prep and Hardy) came into their own this year. We’ve had some inspired pairings and some purely marketed for number 1 status (I’m looking at 2/3 of yours, KP.) Let’s take a gander at some of the best:

 

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Diamonds From Sierra Leone – Kanye West

14 Dec

I had my iPod on shuffle yesterday, and this diamond (see what I did there) started playing. I forgot how awesome a song this was, and Yeezy really tears this track up. His flow and the lyrics are out of this world, so it’s definitely worth rediscovering.

 

Made In America (feat. Frank Ocean) – Jay-Z & Kanye West

10 Aug

Apologies for how late today’s (or should I say tonight’s) post has arrived. I had to go to the hospital to get a recurring back problem checked on. Better late than never, right? I guess in some ways it was inevitable that one of us had to write something about Jay-Z and Kanye’s collaborative project, Watch The Throne. Two of the biggest names in hip-hop coming together was always going to harness masses of attention, and after listening to the whole album through a couple of times, I can say that I really honestly like it a lot. Take a listen to perhaps my favorite track, Made In America:

You might be able to tell that I’m a little reluctant to say that I really, really love this album. The main reason for this is that I feel like the album is an experiment in some way. Jay-Z and Kanye have absolutely nothing to prove after their colossal success, so they can do what they like as far as I see it. In some parts, the experiments are great, and work well, but I’m just reluctant to fully embrace something that in places, doesn’t sound like it has a clarified style. Don’t get me wrong, I still think the album as a whole is great, and I love the inclusion of Frank Ocean and Mr Hudson on certain tracks. I would still definitely download it because it’s awesome lyrically, and makes for a great listen, and to be honest, in my opinion it’s one of those albums that you really have to hear yourself to judge.

Happy Birthday To Us: Our Favourite Songs Of The Year

2 Aug

Birthday Wishes: It’s been an action packed year for us and the music world.

As you will now know, Can You Hear This is now a year old; congratulations once more to Devan Carlton for winning our competition and choosing a great album as a prize. Nowadays a year in music is a long time, different reviews, news and music-related scandals becoming a daily occurrence thanks to the Internet. I’m not complaining because as a music blog we contribute to this, but sometimes it’s good to take a step back and look at the music and events that have really made a different to the industry, and more importantly to ourselves. It’s been a year of exciting collaborations with Jay-Z and Kanye exciting us with news of their own royal wedding. It’s been fantastic year once more for up and coming artists from Britain and internationally. We chose to vest our pop music interests in Jessie J, while more alternative acts (Two Door Cinema Club, The xx) have also flourished. Recently, we’ve been saddened by the loss of a fantastic female artist, Amy Winehouse whose loss will be felt for years to come. Having created such stirring singles such as Love Is A Losing Game, Back To Black and Rehab, that rare example of a candid, open pop song that achieves massive commercial success, Winehouse was truly inspiring. I hope her wonderful female presence continues to influence new artists and live on.

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Blazin’ (feat. Kanye West) – Nicki Minaj

6 Jul

Nicki Minaj: Cleavage isn't objectification when it's ironic, right?

Just a reminder that you can follow the blog, @canyouhearthis and the author, @henellenthorpe.

Nicki Minaj’s album, Pink Friday hasn’t exactly caused the stir that it sought to. It’s a mighty shame, because Minaj herself is fantastic just not that many people have listened to her singles (relative to current female popstars) in the UK. For those unaware, Minaj adopts personas on her record and subverts traditional female stereotypes. Her album cover features Minaj dressed up in a pink dress with a pink background, doing her best stupefied Barbie impression, quite the contrast to her gritty, expletive-laiden lyrics, she raps on Did It On ‘Em:

Shitted on ’em, man I just shitted on ’em
Shitted on ’em, put yo’ number two’s in the air if you did it on ’em

Your traditional female popstar, Minaj ain’t. Which is a delight, as she happily matches her male counterparts, outdoing Eminem on Roman Revenge and providing one of 2010’s most memorable raps on Kanye’s Monster. The record, potentially in the shadow of Lil Kim’s past efforts (which led to a bizarre controversy between the two) is full of witty, daring singles that show that Gaga isn’t the only female popstar who will break out of Top 40 mould. Music after the jump:

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All of the Lights – Kanye West

3 Feb

Of all the albums to be released last year, Kanye’s caused a lot of fuss. Personally, I awaited it with anticipation. Kanye is the type of artist that causes cross-genre popularity, mixing gritty rap with creative flair. As much as his previous album was an exercise of Autotune (with some great hits, it must be said) My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is full-on Kanye Madness. Post-Taylor Swift, Kanye needed a way to hit back, and this, partly succeeds. It features some fantastic collaborations, Bon Iver providing a great mix of musicality in particular. His track, POWER garnered some  commercial success but it seems, relatively speaking, this album has not been a huge hit (36th best-selling of 2010.) This is a shame, as Kanye, no matter what you may think of him, is a truly exciting artist.

What is interesting, however is Kanye’s 30-minute video to go with Runaway. It’s a truly amazing song but the video is something else (one of my favourite’s of last year, barring Arcade Fire’s wonderful attempts):

The 3 minute version isn’t hard to find, but if you have time check that out. My favourite track of MBDTF is All Of The Lights. It achieves something quite rare, a great pop track with an interesting dynamic. It’s definitely a return to the infectious hits of Graduation but demonstrating a more refined version. Here’s the track:

A really salubrious track but it’s great to see Rihanna back with Kanye (Run This Town continues to be one of the most played on my iPod). Let’s just hope it picks up some more attention before Lady Gaga assaults us with more pretentious pop ensembles.

Also, because you’ve probably heard this track (since no one stopped talking about MBDTF for a while), here’s an awesome remix by Pretty Lights: