Who Is Kanye West's "No More Parties In LA" About? It's One Of His Most Personal Songs
The day has finally come for the world to enjoy the full version of Kanye West's "No Parties In LA." Even better, Kendrick Lamar is featured on the track, and Kanye and Lamar make for an epic duo when it comes to spitting rhymes on a song. Not that we didn't already know that from the snippet, of course, but it's nice to see it proven when the full song itself comes out. However, the more times I listen to the song on repeat, the more time I spend trying to absorb whatever messages Kanye is trying to put forth with the track. After all, Lamar is a very political rapper when it comes to his own music, and the songs that Kanye have released from SWISH so far have all been very introspective. In light of all that, who is "No More Parties In LA" about? The answer, quite simply, is Kanye.
"No Parties In LA" is a personal song on the same level as "Real Friends." Kanye uses his lyrics to reflect on so many different aspects of Hollywood culture and the fame game that it can be hard to keep up with everything over the course of the six-minute song. However, the aspects that he's reflecting on always come back to him in the end, whether it's the women he has allegedly seen, the women in his family, his newborn son, his family, or aspiring musicians that he's listened to over the years. He takes us through his journey from being a relatively unknown rapper guest starring on the tracks of more famous names to putting out yet another highly anticipated album, owning his own fashion line, and being an internationally well-known figure.
Of course, it's not all bad. Kanye still spends some time to brag, with such verses as:
When I get on my Steve Jobs, somebody gon' get fired I was uninspired since Lauryn Hill retired And 3 Stacks, man, you preach it to the choir Any rumor you heard about me was true and legendary
OK, Kanye, OK. It's clear from the song that those parties in L.A. are a double-edged sword, and Kanye's taking the good with the bad — no matter how much bad there is. He feels a lot of pressure, and he's gotten used to living with it, but that doesn't mean it doesn't bother him enough to write a whole song about it. Between this and "Real Friends," SWISH might just end up being one of Kanye's most personal and reflective albums yet. And I couldn't be more excited about it.
Listen to the song again below.