In late 2010 Kanye West released a song a week as part of his GOOD Fridays series, featuring collaborations and tracks from his upcoming album ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy‘. Since the album came out, Kanye turned his interest to his collaborative album with Jay-Z, released in August 2011.
On April 6, which was actually Good Friday, Kanye released a new GOOD Fridays single called ‘Mercy’ which features verses from Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz. This track starts out as a dark hip hop song featuring a booming bassline and a somewhat unsettling melody repeating through the verses. The lyrics are very typical of the artists featured, mentioning girls and fast cars, but they also drop more obscure references to Sarah Palin and Rick James. The track slowly progresses until Kanye’s verse begins and everything picks up with the introduction of a four to the floor kick drum coupled with pad synths, which almost feels like Kanye has begun rapping over an 80s pop song. Kanye’s notoriously tight production makes the transition between musical styles feel completely natural and brings the whole piece together to create a track that flows smoothly between styles and artists.
This single is from an upcoming album entitled ‘GOOD Music‘, featuring artists from Kanye’s record label of the same name.