Jay-Z, Kanye, and Rihanna "Run This Town"

Jay-Z complaining about auto-tune seems a bit ironic seeing as his song about killing the late 00s rap gimmic is a gimmic song in and of itself. "D.O.A. (Death of Auto-tune)"'s successor, the mildly racist and radio friendly "Run This Town", includes Kanye West and Rihanna and is expected to make a bigger slapsh on the charts.

Rihanna's inclusion seems like a sure-fire way to get a hit. Six of Jay's 13 top ten hits have been collaborations with a female (including 3 with current wife Beyonce) and all three of his No. 1 hits, "Heartbreaker" with Mariah Carey, "Crazy In Love" with Beyonce, and "Umbrella" with Rihanna have been assists with a female. The track is also highly reminiscent of another No. 1 hit with Rihanna, T.I.'s "Live Your Life" but just without the grading Numa Numa sample. Rihanna was born to be featured on rap songs.


bcb said...

I get really irritated at the fact that rap singers can be proud to be black, but that white singers can't be proud to be white. Jay-Z wants everything to be black, which is great, good for him. Own your blackness Jay-Z! I guarantee, though, that if a prominant country singer came out with a song that had the same lyrics, substituting the word "white" for the word "black", there would be an uproar. I'm not necessarily calling Jay-Z a racist, I just think that white people should be able to have the same amount of pride and not be thrown under the bus for it!

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