It seems strange that we’re in 2016 and Kanye and Kendrick Lamar are just getting on a track together. Whatever took them so long, we’re willing to ignore it and just be thankful that they dropped “No More Parties In L.A.” While it is the first time that the two of them have appeared opposite one another, Kanye co-produced (with Nottz) the track Nostalgia that featured Kendrick and G.O.O.D. Music artist Pusha T. “Parties” seems to follow the trajectory of “Nostalgia”, in that it features two long, back-to-back verses where the emcees engage in a tete-a-tete of rapping skills.
The song is a follow up to Real Friends, which West dropped about a week ago. Both songs feature a melancholy disenfranchisement with the the trappings of the lifestyle. And while the true substance of the problems risks getting swept away in talks of luxury cars and sewing work, Kanye is at his best when he is connecting with his audience though real life issues. This is the second track in a row where Kanye mentions his cousin stealing a laptop and demanding something of a ransom for it, so even if the track doesn’t resonate, it’s worth keeping up just to hear about the unfolding laptop drama.
The track seems to find both Kendrick and Kanye in their wheelhouse. So we won’t even talk about the fact that Yeezy bit the concept (No More Parties In L.A.) from John Mayer (I Don’t Think I’m Gonna Go To L.A. Anymore). Instead we’ll just put the song back on repeat.