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"Otis" by Kanye West And Jay-Z Reviewed

I don't understand it at all.

Why use a snippet followed by sample of Otis Redding's version of "Try A Little Tenderness" to spit out another rapper as drug pusher fantasy?

Don't get me wrong, this is a very good song, both Yeezy and Hov are near the top of the game. They don't bother outdoing each other, the verses don't build anywhere except to Benzes and Benzes and Benzes, but both of these guys are great rock stars and both rule the world, and both rap against two beats followed by three beats  "goto goto na nana" followed by "squeeze her, don't tease here, never leave her.". Impressive flow, top stuff, Jigga gives a scream near the begriming of his verse which s pretty damn thrilling. And Kanye sounds like Jigga's kid brother: it is kinda endearing.

Plus, it really is a tribute. Not just the name, but really they had the track over to Otis.

Still, what the hell are they talking about? Why use this track in such an insensitive manner. There is a complete disconnect between Redding and the duo. Otis is singing about the gentleness that men owe to the women who love them (it is a deepening and an explanation of Brown's "It's A Man's Man's Man's World". And given the endemic crises in one parent families in the black community both then and now, an important song. A lesson in compassion.  When it comes to heart on sleeve, West can do it, and Jay-Z is married to Beyonce: they could have enhanced the experience for a new audience.For all the pleasures here, this is really tasteless. None of that is on these two shallow guys mind. One great line, "I write my curses in cursive" and the rest is the usual. Hov going "I've got five passports, I ain't never going to jail."

Hov had his only dog album trying to grow up and immediately followed it with the soundtrack for a gangsta movie. For all his bravado, he is a coward. He don't wanna risk anything, he don't wanna raise the bar, or let in the emotional light on his poverty stricken childhood. It is all sleight of hand.

And for Yeezy? The biggest mama's boy since Presley is built on sensitivity masked as misogyny. he is an Oedipal dream kid.

Between the two of them, this is what they want to tell the world?  Two of the biggest stars EVER?

And they wanna tell me about their "Benzes and other Benzes and other Benzes".

"Otis" is a great big piece of junk. It is a really good summer movie, a "Pirates Of The Carribbean Pt 1".

But it isn't "Jaws".

In the event , it is product for the punters.

Grade: B+

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