With a new album due out in January and a U.S. tour set for February, reunited post-punk icons Gang of Four this week teased fans with a free three-track digital EP of unreleased material, including a re-recorded version of “Glass” off the band’s 1979 debut Entertainment!
Here is a review I wrote of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy for The Village Voice. One thing I wanted to include that did not fit: Nearly two years ago to the day, I interviewed Kanye for a cover story in VIBE and in it he said some things that I thought were wise, and some other things that seemed a bit deluded (“I made a decision. I wanna make popular music, but I want less fans.”). When I pressed him about what I perceived to be the fleeting nature of his experiments with singing, vocoders and vocal manipulation on 808s and Heartbreak, he resisted, insisting it was not a phase. Obviously, MBDTF disproved that skepticism. Also, another thing came true:
“I want the freedom of having less fans. It’s like the freedom of having less money. If you have less money, you have less responsibility. It’s like Björk. If she wanted to pose naked, you’d be like, ‘Oh, that’s Björk.’ But if I wanted to pose naked, people would draw all type of things into it. I definitely feel like, in the next however many years, if I work out for two months, that I’ll pose naked. I break every rule and mentality of hip-hop, of black culture, of American culture.”