Both Jay and Kanye have done better, but I still really enjoy the album. I didn't think Jay's shortcomings were as prevalent as the review makes them out to be, he's not at his best but he has some really solid verses. But I see where the review comes from. It's definitely a solid album with some jams.
this album is not about "who out-rapped who," and have an opinion on who did so is irrelevant. it's two dudes fucking making an album because they feel like it. neither ye or jay have anything to prove: they've already gotten there. so acting as if this album is some sort of competition between the two is obnoxious.
Great review. Still need to give some more time for the album to sink in, but though it's probably not either one's greatest effort, it's definitely enjoyable. I can't get enough of Ye's production and I've already got one liners swimming around in my head. Early favorites are No Church In The Wild, ****** in Paris, Who Gon Stop Me, Murder To Excellence, and Why I Love You.
Frank Ocean almost single-handedly makes two songs. Your track listing is also wrong (and had me confused).
1. No Church in the Wild (feat. Frank Ocean)
2. Lift Off (feat. Beyoncé)
3. ****** in Paris
4. Otis (feat. Otis Redding)
5. Gotta Have It
6. New Day
7. That's My Bitch
8. Welcome to the Jungle
9. Who Gon Stop Me
10. Murder to Excellence
11. Made in America (feat. Frank Ocean)
12. Why I Love You (feat. Mr Hudson)
13. Illest Motherfucker Alive
16. The Joy (feat. Curtis Mayfield)
That's what I get for mindlessly copying and pasting at 1:30 in the morning. Thanks for pointing that out.