On the one hand, this song is an absolute marvel of production. On the other hand, Kanye doesn’t seem to understand the significance of “Strange Fruit” at all (for those who don’t know it, it’s a song about lynchings). He offended a lot of people by using that ultra-serious song as the basis for a track where he basically goes off on a rant about women deliberately trying to get pregnant by him so they can extort him for child support, a topic that would have made few friends even without the sample. I still can’t bring myself to call this a bad song…as I said, the production work is eye-popping…but it is a spectacularly misguided one.
Verdict: Excellent music, poorly-chosen lyrics and sample.