Kanye West’s ‘Lift Yourself’ Isn’t as Bad as You Think

Pray for me/I'm about to hit the 'Ye button
I don't wanna say nothin' wrong/But it'd be wrong if I ain't say nothin'
Imagine if I ain't say somethin'/Wouldn't none of these niggas say nothin'?
—Kanye West, "Champions"

Is there a such thing as bad press? This month, Kanye West – undeniably one of the most famous, successful, critic-proof hip-hop artists in history

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Pop’s New Bilingual Moment

In 2017, two of the most popular singles in America were bilingual: Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's "Despacito" featured a yearning guest verse from Justin Bieber, while J Balvin's club missile "Mi Gente" gained incendiary power thanks to a Beyoncé cameo. In both cases, the English-speaking singers made notable effort to acknowledge the dominance of Spanish-language pop by singing in Spanish;

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