Revisited/Revised :: Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Fridays

April 22nd 2011


In the second half of 2010, while people were STILL debating his Taylor Swift stage-invasion, Kanye West redirected personal attention to his (then unreleased) glorious fifth record – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (MBDTF) – with a lead-up free download series named ‘G.O.O.D. Fridays’. As there was no real indication of what these tracks had to do with the record (though since the release they’ve been revealed to be early versions of album tracks, album cut-offs, demos and exclusive one-offs), the series served to clue us in on the insane vein of collective creativity Kanye had tapped in the MBDTF sessions, recorded in a secret Hawaiian studio surrounded by a revolving door of his favourite artists.

In an attempt to triangulate last week’s announcement of Kanye’s return to Australia, his recent flawed/triumphant Coachella performance and the five-day weekend that begins today (today being, coincidentally, Good Friday) I’ve finally done something I’ve been meaning to do for a while – compile the G.O.O.D. Fridays into a cohesive album.

I guess you’d just call it ‘G.O.O.D. Friday’? I don’t think you need to get any cleverer than that. Besides, it’s not really an album per se – more of a mix-tape companion piece to MBDTF (though – and I only attribute this slightly to my curation [turns out ‘curation’ isn’t a word!] – the tracks themselves are surprisingly excellent).

Some notes on the track listing:

  • In the interest of brevity (something that, despite its extravagance, MBDTF strongly exhibits) I have excluded five tracks. The following are the G.O.O.D. Fridays I left out, for the following reasons: ‘Christmas in Harlem’ for being too disposable; ‘Don’t Stop’ for being a super-group cut (from CRS – Kanye, Lupe & Pharrell) that aint so super; ‘Tak


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