As the world sits on pins and needles, anxiously awaiting the second release in the revival of Kanye West‘s ever-popular G.O.O.D. Friday series – and, on a much larger scale, his upcoming seventh solo album, SWISH, expected to arrive on February 11 – it turns out the veteran MC has earned his most recent accolade with a bit of a throwback, Pigeons and Planes points out.
While there’s been no official indication as to what tracks will ultimately make up the project (Pusha T even went as far as to say in a recent interview that none of them have been released yet, nixing figured-to-be shoe-ins like “Only One” and “FourFiveSeconds” if the newly-appointed G.O.O.D. Music president’s insight were to in fact hold true), it’s a song from Yeezy’s critically-acclaimed 2010 LP, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, that climbed its way to No. 8 on the iTunes Top 40 U.S. Hip-Hop chart this week, following Adele‘s rendition of Nicki Minaj’s guest verse from “Monster” during a Carpool Karaoke segment on Wednesday night’s episode of The Late Late Show with James Corden.
It bears mention of course though that Kanye’s previous two releases, “Real Friends” featuring Ty Dolla $ign and – for all intents and purposes – the Nike diss record, “FACTS” aren’t currently accessible for download on iTunes, so it’s not as if his new songs were leap-frogged. Rather, his latest available track is the Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom and Paul McCartney-assited “All Day,” which he debuted at the BRIT Awards last February. But this is certainly an impressive – and peculiar – feat nonetheless, proving that despite Justin Bieber‘s “Sorry” knocking “Hello” out of its No. 1 placement among the Billboard Hot 100 this week, and very likelihood of the late David Bowie‘s final album Blackstar dethroning 25‘s seven-week reign atop the Billboard 200, Adele still has an undeniable influence on the charts – and Kanye truly is ahead of his time.