Kanye West is renown for two distinct musical aesthetics: glorious, classic soul-chopping on songs such as “Down & Out,” and the electro-influenced songs dominated by synth compositions heard on 808s and Heartbreak and Yeezus. His latest album The Life of Pablo was an awesome fusion of the two sounds, but Michigan MC FowL just—perhaps inadvertently–introduced a dope premise with his “Royal Pomposity” track: what would happen if somebody did a whole project interpolating “the old Kanye” for today’s sound?
The unnamed “Italian producer at Cam’ron’s house” may already be on it, as FowL let us know at the beginning of the track before jumping onto the chunky bassline with his intense, rapid-fire delivery. “Through every problem, I’m very solemn. I stand back and dance magic, I Harry Pott’ ’em,” he rhymes while putting his competition on notice that he’s ready to have them “burnt, charred, barbecued and scorched.” This isn’t the first classic soundscape Fowl’s breathed new life into, as he recently rhymed over a Luniz flip for “Fives.”
You can listen to “Royal Pomposity” below.