Following last month’s collaboration with Tyler, the Creator comes another stormy (it opens with the sound of thunder) Pusha T track: “Amen,” featuring Kanye West and the now-Bieber-approved Young Jeezy. The song is a single off the Bronx rapper’s upcoming debut EP, Fear of God: Let Us Pray (which is being released on Kanye’s G.O.O.D. Music imprint; a mixtape of the same name came out in March). The track opens with a prayer and then a West verse; he begs forgiveness for his sins while offering that “dollars make sense,” naturally. As the chorus suggests (“Please Lord, yeah, it’s gettin realer every day / Niggas killin’ niggas, starving acres they can’t find no yay / See at first they roll around and their bills they cannot pay / So some be trapped and some be dying, bow heads and let us pray / Amen”), it’s kind of hard out here for a pimp, and if West, Pusha, and Jeezy are only trying to get paid, thank you very much, it’s because the circumstances are dire. “Amen” is working a fairly familiar equation: blasphemy plus Louboutin call-outs times dollars to the nth power equals soul-selling, but the track’s got brooding strings and drum loops (that recall a close, but no cigars “H.A.M.” revision) that make everything feel claustrophobic and menacing — though not quite enough so to distract from the song’s core formulaic qualities. Less generic: a Pokemon reference toward the song’s end.
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