“There’s been a lot of talk over the last year or two about conflict between G.O.O.D. Music and Young Money and Cash Money. I just wanted to put it to bed and create an eventful moment where me and [Lil] Wayne being Young Money/Cash Money on one team, Q-Tip and Kanye [West] be on another movement on G.O.O.D. Music, just showing that camaraderie and that alliance and just making it official on a real Hip Hop level.”
-Busta Rhymes, Hip Hop DX interview 8/13
When I first heard this track I thought Yeezy produced it. It’s typical Kanye style– the old-school sample, the low-down beat, looping the chorus, it’s all there. But when I saw Busta produced it, I knew there was something up.
You got half of it right–he wants to thank a higher power for laying a foundation. But the higher power he’s thanking, is Yeezus. (Man, this is the second week in a row my post has underlyingly been about Kanye…I have got to stop doing that.)
The using-a-track-to-reconcile-two-labels thing could have been really cheesy. Thinking about using a song as a bridge between two peoples is way too ebony and ivory for my taste. But Busta does a great job of paying homage to Kanye/G.O.O.D. Music by emulating his production style and keeping his part very minimal. It’s very subtle, and I like it.
Also, stroking Kanye’s ego never hurts.
Because after all, the person who trailblazed the 80’s samples, the track loops of jackson 5 and such, Yeezy taught us that. And because of him, it’s possible to teach an old dog new tricks.