The album concludes in stunning fashion with "Bound 2," which will leave fans of hip-hop's soul-sample era foaming at the mouth. The production is remarkably minimalist, composed of just samples and a Charlie Wilson-featured breakdown that revisits Kanye's work on Graduation. Lyrically, he makes sure no woman over the age of 30 will ever set foot in Forever 21 again, drops a few well-timed references to the hilariously uncouth Jerome character made famous by Martin and analyzes relationships as only Kanye can.
The beat, which is the closest to straight up "hip-hop" on the entire album, will have everyone from wannabe rappers to the experienced ones who should know better kicking freestyles all summer long in an attempt to recreate the magic Kanye captures here:
"Hey, you remember where we first met? Okay, I don't remember where we first met/But hey, admitting is the first step/You know ain't nobody perfect/And I know, with the hoes I got the worst rep/But hey, the backstroke I'm trying to perfect/We made [it] to Thanksgiving/So hey, maybe we can make it to Christmas/She asked me what I wish for on my wish list/Have you ever asked your bitch for other bitches?"
Can anyone top that? We'll hear rappers try, whether we want to or not. —Julian Kimble