January 11, 2011

Sach O never ate ham, never gave a damn.

I always warm up to Kanye West singles after a while but as of yet, this one leaves me pretty cold. Lex Lugor’s beat deviates slightly from his standard fare – same old southern hi-hats now with sampled orchestral stuff instead of synthesized orchestral stuff – and that’s probably the best thing this track has going for it. Meanwhile, Jay & Yeezy do their thing but it never amounts to much. Sure, it’s nice to see Jay break out the “Jigga What, Jigga Who” flow again but it’s hard to get excited about his paint-by-numbers approach. I’ll refrain from ripping into this one if only because it’s nice that they actually made a rap song without any pop concessions, but in this case winning by default isn’t quite the same thing as winning.

Download:
MP3: Jay-Z & Kanye West – H.A.M (left click, via Nahright)