Some great beats, some good verses and some terrible verses. Some really nice production touches, and a lot of completely unnecessary production touches and 'artistic' touches (like Kanye crooning for several minutes, ruining otherwise GREAT tracks).. The Joy should've definitely been on it, great track (and a lot better than S.A.S.'s version)!
With that said though, am I the only one thinking that the originality-factor is a bit overrated? What REALLY is it that Kanye does on this that is so original? What is it that've never been done on this album? I feel a bit like people have been gassing it way too much, because it's Kanye.
A Tribe fan that appreciated the classics
But damn if I'm trapped in the past, I act to surpass what they crafted
and still manage to travel the path on the maps that they drafted