And this morning the Times really stepped it up. In a front page Arts section article, which was titled “Shades of Oedipus for Hip-Hop Titans” (again, I just wish I were smart enough to write something that profound), they wrote: “On ‘New Slaves,’ Mr. West unleashed one guttural scream after the next.” Wow, here I was, sitting there eating Frosted Flakes like an idiot thinking that the song in which Kanye screams repeatedly is “Black Skinhead,” but the Times would never make a stupid fuckup like that! After all, in an article this January they described ASAP Rocky as “stylistic admixture supreme.” I literally don’t even know what that means, but they talk about rap with such big words that it must be right.
So, Kanye, the point is that you clearly mislabeled your songs. “New Slaves” is the one where you unleash guttural screams. “Black Skinhead” is the one where you say, “So go and grab the reporters / So I can smash their recorders / So they’ll confuse us with some bullshit / Like the New World Order.” Why so antagonistic, Mr. West? The Times gets you.