From now until something displaces last year’s “Umbrella” from the top of our iTunes most-played list, Vulture will be judging the contenders for this year’s Song of the Summer.
“Comfortable” isn’t our favorite track on the recently leaked Carter III (so far that honor belongs to either “Dr. Carter” or “La La”), but on an album half-packed with obvious, hit-ready singles, this Kanye-produced response to Beyoncé’s “Irreplaceable” (which melodically declares that she, too, can be deposed) has the best shot at “Umbrella”-level ubiquity. In fact, we can’t really foresee any future reality in which this won’t get played on the radio; Wayne’s short, curse-free (!) verses tone down the cleverness and roll back the misogyny, placing the focus squarely on the hook (easily the hippest thing Kenneth “Babyface” Edmunds has been responsible for in a decade and a half). It’s got a hummable chorus, a theme everyone can relate to (being sick of Beyoncé), and the advantage of inclusion on what promises to be 2008’s most-obsessed-over hip-hop album. Surely this will be at least a little inescapable, right?