18. So Appalled
Release Date: September 24, 2010
Album: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Writer(s): Kanye West, Ernest Wilson, Mike Dean, Shawn Carter, Terrence Thornton, Cydell Young, Kaseem Dean, Robert Diggs, Manfred Mann
Producer(s): West, No I.D., Dean
“Praises due to the most high, Allah
Praises due to the most fly, Prada
Baby, I’m magic, tada
Address me as your highness, high as United
30,000 feet up and you are not invited”
Boasting can take many forms. On “So Appalled,” it is expertly wielded as something approaching disgust, hence the title.
Beginning with Kanye, progressing onto Jay-Z, then to Pusha T and finally to Cyhi the Prynce, “So Appalled” details in a precise manner just how so many others fail to be Kanye, Jay-Z, Pusha T and even Cyhi the Prynce.
Such a theme — the theme of roughly 70 percent of hip hop — might become stale were it not for the intervention of producers Mike Dean, West and No I.D. The beat that accompanies the hook is an earworm in and of itself, sticking in the mind long after the song is over. It’s the blending of all of these aspects that makes “So Appalled” and so many other songs in Kanye’s arsenal work.
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