A Monstrosity of a Hit

The song: “Monster” by Kanye West featuring Nicki Minaj, Jay-Z, Rick Ross and Justin Vernon of Bon Iver.

Ladies getting handsy with Kanye West in the somewhat disturbing video for his "Monster."

It’s an unwritten rule of hip-hop: If Kanye West flies you all the way to Hawaii to deliver a 32-bar verse, you better deliver.

Okay, so maybe it’s not that specific, but if Mr. West decides you’re good enough to drop a verse — especially a 32-bar one — on a track of his you better bring the heat.

For a new-comer Nicki Minaj it was certainly a challenge, but boy did she deliver.

Minaj would end up providing the all-star collaboration with its signature and closing verse, showing up fellow collaborators Rick Ross, Jay-Z and even West on the track and legitimizing her burgeoning career to many critics.

Nicki Minaj's split personality is personified in the music video for "Monster."

Minaj’s verse on “Monster,” which was part of West’s G.O.O.D. Fridays collection and was eventually included on his critically acclaimed My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy album, turns out to be the finale of a song that feels like a more polished version of West’s “Forever,” tracks which both collected the biggest names in rap.

But unlike “Forever,” where verses by Drake, Eminem, Lil Wayne and West were delivered in a sequence where you couldn’t help but rank the disparate verses, “Monster” provides a more cohesive total song.

After intros from Vernon and Ross, West sets the stage over the tumbling, synth-infused beat, posing as the titular “monster” while delivering his usual chain-wearing, alcohol-drinking flow.

One of the best rap songs of 2010? No doubt.

Jay-Z enters the arena with his usual braggadocios self, favorable comparing himself to such classic monsters as Godzilla, King Kong, the Loch Ness Monster and Zombies before complaining about the lack of true “love” he gets from his fans and associates.

Finally its Minaj’s turn to delight. In a verse that was not only named Verse of the Year by HipHopDX but was also compared favorably to Notorious B.I.G.’s “Gimme Da Loot” by VIBE for its ecclectic delivery, the Young Money/Cash Money artist drops an amazing set of lyrics.

Bringing you from Sri Lanka to the Middle East while inducing her multiple personas and her critics in just over a minute of delivery, Minaj leaves her mark. By the time she’s done you barely remember that the rap heavyweights that preceded her delivered verses that would be among the year’s best if taken alone. The Harajuku Barbie is just that good.

But don’t take my word, take a listen to the “monster crew” yourself.

Feel free to play the video while reading the lyrics.

LYRICS (via)

[Intro – Bon Iver]
I shoot the lights out
High ’til it’s bright out
Oh just another lonely night
Are you willing to sacrifice your life?

[Intro 2 – Rick Ross]
Bitch I’m a monster, no good blood sucker
Fat motherfucker — now look who’s in trouble
As you run through my jungles all you hear is rumbles
Kanye West samples, here’s one for example:

[Hook – Kanye West]
Gossip, gossip, nigga just stop it
Everybody know I’m a motherfucking monster
I’m a need to see your fucking hands at the concert
I’m a need to see your fucking hands at the concert
Profit, profit, nigga I got it
Everybody know I’m a motherfucking monster
I’m a need to see your fucking hands at the concert
I’m a need to see your fucking hands

[Verse 1 – Kanye West]
The best living or dead hands down huh
Less talk more head right now huh
And my eyes more red than the devil is
And I’m about to take it to another level bitch
No matter who you go and get
Ain’t nobody cold as this
Do the rap and the track, triple double no assists
And my only focus is staying on some bogus shit
Arguing with my older bitch, acting like I owe her shit
I heard the beat the same raps that give the track pain
Bought the chain that always give me back pain
Fucking up my money so yeah I had to act sane
Chi nigga but these hoes love my accent
Chick came up to me and said
“This the number to dial
If you wanna make your #1 your #2 now”
It’s that Goose and Malibu I call it “Malibooyah”
God damn Yeezy how he hit them with a new style
Throw that motherfucker; “well what you gonna do now?
Whatever I want to do, gosh, it’s cool now”
Know I’m gonna do, ah, it’s the new now
Think you motherfuckers really really need to cool out
Cause you’ll never get on top of this
So mami, best advice is just to get on top of this
Have you ever had sex with a pharaoh?
Put the pussy in a sarcophagus
Now she claiming that I bruised her esophagus
Head of the class and she just want a swallowship
I’m living in the future so the present is my past
My presence is a present kiss my ass


[Verse 2 – Jay-Z]
Sasquatch, Godzilla, King Kong, Loch Ness
Goblin, ghoul, a zombie with no conscience
Question, what do these things all have in common?
Everybody knows I’m a motherfucking monster
Conquer, stomp ya, stop your silly nonsense
Nonsense, none of you niggas know where the swamp is
None of you niggas have seen the carnage that I’ve seen
I still hear fiends scream in my dreams
Murder, murder in black convertibles
I kill the block I murder the avenues
I rape and pillage your village, women and children
Everybody want to know what my Achilles heel is
Love. I don’t get enough of it
All I get is these vampires and blood suckers
All I see is these niggas I made millionaires
Milling about, spilling they feelings in the air
All I see is these fake fucks with no fangs
Trying to draw blood from my ice cold veins
I smell a massacre
Seems to be the only way to back you bastards up


[Verse 3 – Nicki Minaj]
Pull up in the monster automobile, gangsta
With a bad bitch that came from Sri Lanka
Yeah I’m in that Tonka color of Willy Wonka
You could be the king but watch the queen conquer
OK first things first I’ll eat your brains
Then I’m a start rocking gold teeth and fangs
Cause that’s what a motherfucking monster do
Hair dresser from Milan that’s the monster do
Monster Giuseppe heel, that’s the monster shoe
Young Money is the roster and a monster crew
And I’m all up, all up, all up in the bank with the funny face
And if I’m fake I ain’t notice cause my money ain’t
So let me get this straight, wait, I’m the rookie?
But my features and my shows ten times your pay?
Fifty K for a verse, no album out
Ya my money’s so tall that my Barbie’s got to climb it
Hotter than a Middle Eastern climate, find it
Tony Matterhorn, dutty wine it, wine it
Nicki on them titties when I sign it
That’s how these niggas so one track minded
But really really I don’t give a F-U-C-K
Forget Barbie, fuck Nicki cause she’s fake
She’s on a diet but her pockets eating cheesecake
And I’ll say bride of Chucky is child’s play
Just killed another career, it’s a mild day
Besides ‘Ye, they can’t stands besides me
I think me, you and Am should menage Friday
Pink wig, thick ass, give them whiplash
I think big, get cash, make them blink fast
Now look at what you just saw
This is what you live for
I’m a motherfucking monster

[Outro – Bon Iver]
I crossed the line
And I’ll let God decide
And I wouldn’t last these shows
So I am heading home

Thanks for the song Kanye, Jay, Nicki, Rick and Justin!



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