Everyone knows the words to "Happy Birthday," but Kanye West and 2 Chainz have a new version for your ears. "Birthday Song," released Monday, is the latest bit of readily accessible music from the G.O.O.D. Music chief and his newest protege.
The song continues Kanye's rapid sprint away from the emotional lyrics and lush beats of his last disc, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Like his other recent efforts ("Mercy," "New God Flow" and "Way Too Cold"), "Birthday Song" centers around vague boasts and not entirely feminist lyrics ("All I want for my birthday is a big booty girl").
2 Chainz is, of course, the latest rapper to be taken under Kanye's wing. Though his fame was boosted by appearances on "Mercy" and Nicki Minaj's "Beez in the Trap," he's actually been around for years. His rap name used to be Tity Boi (sorry!). Kanye's art collective DONDA created the album art for 2 Chainz' upcoming disc. Though he's not officially signed to G.O.O.D. Music, he's certainly a part of the family.
"Deuce and 'Ye," 2 Chainz raps, "We like Snoop and Dre." Bold words!
Kanye and Sonny Digital produced. Based On a T.R.U. Story (Def Jam) hits stores August 14. Take a listen below, and enjoy more Mr. West in the gallery that follows.