If you hadn’t heard, Travis Scott made good on months and months (and months) of teasing and gave us a taste of his hugely hyped upcoming album AstroWorld. The result – “Watch” featuring Kanye West and Lil Uzi Vert – did not disappoint; it’s among the most expertly-produced (thanks Pi’erre Bourne!) and deliriously faded tracks La Flame has put to tape.
It’s also riddled with lyrical gems, well beyond the standard amount of thrill you receive every time Scott blesses us with a ‘YAH’ or ‘ITSLIT.’ The chorus too punches you immediately in the pleasure center – there’s something oddly satisfying about hearing “look at my Rollie, look at your Rollie” chanted with a snooty smirk in Uzi’s rasp, in warbled mush by Scott, and in a bray that can only be brayed by ‘Ye.
However, there is one moment of lyrical perfection so brazenly oddball and so out of left field that it is – not only perfect – but bound to outlive the confines of the track more than any other. Even curiouser is the fact that this line comes courtesy of Kanye, who unequivocally delivers the weakest performance of the three artists involved. This is not an assessment made with his recent political comments in mind, but one based entirely on musical prowess.
As one can see – or rather, hear – Kanye’s verse arrives as a stream of consciousness emulsion of whatever thoughts were in his head during their studio session. Where Uzi and Travis put forth bars, Kanye drops randomly sorted clauses fresh from his cerebral cortex. This ranges from more confirmations of his opioid addiction to shoutouts to his Israeli bodyguard. But it culminates in this line:
“Don’t have words with me ’cause I got a mind filled
I could tell Larry David was the mind behind Seinfeld”
It’s a pop culture shout of the highest caliber, one that hardly serves a rhyming purpose and can only be attributed to West’s love of the Show About Nothing.
As Genius notes, this is far from the first time ‘Ye has shown love to Larry David. As far back as 2008, he claimed he was the “black Larry David,” a reference that only his mind could decipher properly. It did lead to a pilot of a Curb Your Enthusiasm-style show, which sadly did not come to fruition:
That said, we should also note a runner-up lyric from “Watch,” also from Ye, and one that would have been a go-to phrase in our high school years:
“I need someone else to make this drink, because
You don’t understand the juice to vodka ratio”
Listen to Travis Scott’s “Watch” below.
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