No More Parties in LA

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"No More Parties in LA"
Promotional single by Kanye West featuring Kendrick Lamar
from the album The Life of Pablo
Released January 18, 2016
Format Streaming
Recorded 2010-2015
Genre Hip hop
Length 6:14
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)

"No More Parties in LA" is a song by American rap musician Kanye West, featuring fellow rapper Kendrick Lamar, from West's seventh studio album The Life of Pablo (2016). The track was released as a promotional single for this album as part of his GOOD Fridays program, but was released on a Monday instead as a one-off.[1] It was used in the video essay for 2016 film Knight of Cups.[2]

Composition[edit]

Around 5 months after the promotional single was released, credited producer Madlib revealed that he actually made the beat to it on an iPad.[3]

The track features samples of: "Suzie Thundertussy" by Walter "Junie" Morrison, "Give Me My Love" by Johnny "Guitar" Watson, "Stand Up and Shout About Love" by Larry Graham & "Mighty Healthy" by Ghostface Killah.[4] This wasn't the first time West had sampled Ghostface's track "Mighty Healthy", since he sampled it back in 2012 prominently in Cruel Summer single "New God Flow".

Release[edit]

More than a week before the release of the song, Kanye had released the promotional single "Real Friends" on an actual Friday as part of the program - he also released "30 Hours" at a later date that was an actual Friday as part of it. Since "No More Parties in LA" was released on a Monday as a promotional single by West, it was only made available by him for free streaming on SoundCloud rather than on any sites like iTunes or Amazon Music where it had to be paid for.[5] Before it had been released in full, a snippet was shared by him online.[6]

Recording[edit]

On 8 January 2016, before the song had even been released, it was revealed that Kanye had started to record "No More Parties in LA" way back in 2010 during the sessions for his fifth studio album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.[7]

Critical reception[edit]

Matthew Ramirez of Pitchfork described the track as being: 'an air of the unfiltered rawness of “old Kanye"'.[8] NME blogger Leonie Cooper gave a similar reception towards it, describing "No More Parties in LA" as: 'doused with an old school soul vibe' and being 'vintage class'.[9] She also had praise for West's parts of the song over Kendrick's, blogging: 'Despite a strong opening from Kendrick, who eloquently airs some impressively mucky musings, it’s Kanye who shines here – unsurprisingly seeing as it’s his track first and foremost.'.

Commercial performance[edit]

The track made its debut at number 3 on the US Billboard Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart, went down to number 5 on the 2nd week and fell further to number 7 on its 3rd week, before dropping out of the chart.[10]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2016) Peak
position
Mexico Ingles Airplay (Billboard)[11] 45
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[12] 133
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[13] 39
US Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles (Billboard)[14] 3

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[15] Gold 500,000double-dagger

double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Listen To Kanye West's "No More Parties In L.A." Featuring Kendrick Lamar". The FADER. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  2. ^ "Video Essay. No More Parties in L.A.: The Modern City in Terrence Malick's "Knight of Cups". Mubi. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
  3. ^ "Madlib Says He Made The "No More Parties In L.A." Beat On An iPad". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved June 20, 2018.
  4. ^ "A guide to the samples on Kanye West's The Life of Pablo". FACT. Retrieved June 20, 2018.
  5. ^ "Kanye West Officially Returns To His Zone On "No More Parties In L.A." Feat. Kendrick Lamar". VIBE. Retrieved June 20, 2018.
  6. ^ "Kanye West's "No More Parties In LA (Snippet)" Lyrics Are Incomplete, But We Can Still Analyze Their Meaning". Bustle. Retrieved June 27, 2018.
  7. ^ "Kanye West Recorded "No More Parties in LA" With Madlib During the 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy' Sessions". Complex. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  8. ^ ""No More Parties in LA" [ft. Kendrick Lamar] by Kanye West Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved June 19, 2018.
  9. ^ "Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar's 'No More Parties In LA' Is A Long Overdue Team-Up – Track Review". NME. Retrieved June 19, 2018.
  10. ^ "Kanye West Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved June 27, 2018.
  11. ^ "Chart Search". Billboard. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  12. ^ "No More Parties in LA | Full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 17, 2018.
  13. ^ "Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 17, 2018.
  14. ^ "Chart Search". Billboard. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  15. ^ "American single certifications – Kanye West – No More Parties in LA". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved August 24, 2018. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 

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