Sunday's Classic Collabo: Kanye West/Jay-Z/J. Ivy


Fresh off the recent ‘Monster’ of a track by Kanye & Jay (among others) and off the news that these two are apparently going to release a 5 track album, I thought it’d be fitting to dedicate today’s classic collabo to one of my favourite tracks of all time.

I’ve kind of ended up writing a little too much about this song to be contained in one post (which tells you all you need to know about how I feel about it)! So click on below to read my thoughts, and to also grab the track if you haven’t got it in your library already.

Off Kanye’s ground-breaking debut album, Never Let Me Down is just an incredibly emotion-driven motivational song. This is evident straight off the bat from Jay-Z’s first verse with him rapping about his longevity in the industry, to Kanye rapping about his Mother’s childhood encounters with racism, and then goes on to describe where his mind state was left at after the infamous near-death experience he had with that car crash.

The production on this track is immaculately constructed by Kanye, the way the female singer’s (and classic Kanye sampling of such) vocals accompany and work with in tandem with the verses on this are just so on point. Not to mention the almost haunting piano chords – on first listen all those years ago this was really spine-tingling stuff.

J. Ivy provides an excellent interlude with his (if this makes sense) spoken word rhymes, a particular highlight of this verse, which certainly strikes a chord with me, (especially the way he vocalises these particular lines) is this one:

“If I were of the highest cliff, on the highest riff,
And you slipped off the side and clinched on to your life in my grip,
I would never, ever let you down”

At this point it feels like the track is about to be wrapped up, but Jay chimes in with an superbly show stealing verse, containing such lines as:

“When I start spitting them lyrics, ni**as get very religious,
Six Hail Maries, please Father forgive us,
Young, the Archbishop, the Pope John Paul of y’all ni**as,
The way y’all all follow Jigga,
Hov’s a living legend and I tell you why,
Everybody wanna be Hov and Hov still alive.”

Enough said, download link is just below for those of you who (unbelievably) haven’t got this in your collection.

Kanye West – Never Let Me Down ft. Jay-Z & J. Ivy

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