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Why a Nicki-only Monster is pointless

So let me get this straight… Kanye West is a misogynistic prick and now everyone hates him. Apparently some people’s resolution for 2011 is to set records for rapidly changing their minds about something they very recently declared to be Amazing.

Revisionism 2011 ™ seems to be on the verge of declaring Minaj’s verse in Monster the only thing now officially safe to like about Kanye 2010. Not a bad argument in some sense, given that it’s the best few minutes in pop of the last 12 months.

So let’s have a Nicki-only Monster [MP3] right? Ditch those tedious old dudes and you got a 100% right-on and totally perfect track? Right?


And this is no discredit to Mr. Kingdom, on remix/edit duties back there. It’s a pretty good mix. Taken on it’s own, it’s pretty cool. If I’d heard that, and not heard Monster, I’d think YES. This is most decent.

However, what it’s made me realise is that eating the cherry without the cake SUCKS.

Rubbish, obviously

Everyone happy

Now while it would no doubt please Kanye and his buddies to be compared to a giant pink cupcake, I do have a point beyond that.

As if I needed one.

Anyway, the point is simple: Nicki’s verse works so well because of build and release. Monster is by no means awful before she shows up, but it is a bit of a slog.

Simple then, right, skip the slog?

Some things are a bit of a slog:

"Let's skip the rubbish bit on the right and just get someone to drop us off at the top"

The joy is in the build up. Bon Iver’s whining, Rick Ross’s half-arsed shambolism, Kanye’s phoned-in “Kanye”, Jay-Z’s befuddled old dude act. CLIMB IT.

Then one of these shows up, in a pink wig:


And it gives the completed whole a meaning. Take THAT you perfectly functional but kind of dilapidated old building-type dudes.

What good’s a wrecking ball swinging aimlessly around in the air?

New Video: Kanye West ft. Nicki Minaj et al – Monster

It’s finally here! And it’s pretty much as messed up and brilliant as expected. Fittingly, the Minaj section is incredible, and sort of puts the controversy-courting remainder of the video in the shade. You can only take so much of Kanye and his mates hanging around dead models like bored creeps, after all. The song (my #3 of 2010) is still, of course, amazing.

Top 75 Tracks 2010: THE TOP TEN

Yes, it’s here, the actual top ten. I felt like expanding my annual top 50 to 75 was a clever move. I now feel like I’ve been writing about songs pretty much FOREVER. It’s a good job doing so is such fun.

Anyway, as this is the top ten, you will not be surprised to find some GUSHING contained within. It builds slowly, but it’s definitely there by the end. Not everyone will have heard the track I’ve chosen as this year’s number one, but I strongly recommend you all give it a whirl. I’m just as happy with it as I was with ‘With Every Heartbeat’ in 2007 and ‘Bad Romance’ last year, and that’s saying something.

Previous parts of the list are linked at the end of the post, and I’ll consolidate the whole lot into one list at some point in the near future. The full Spotify playlist (minus 4 pesky tracks including #3) is now complete.

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Top 75 Tracks 2010, part 3

I’m loving the fact that each and every batch of tracks I run through this year is making me thing “um, shouldn’t this be further up the list?” What a great year for tunes.

If you’re enjoying this as much as I am, here’s a Spotify playlist containing the tracks so far (from 75-31) – it will of course be updated with the rest in due course. Reverse order, naturally.

Click below for more, or just scroll down the page for parts 1 and 2.

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