GOOD Fridays

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This article is about the weekly free music giveaway by rapper Kanye West. For religious holy day, see Good Friday.

GOOD Fridays was a weekly free music giveaway by rapper Kanye West, launched in support of his fifth studio album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010). The intention was to release a free new song every Friday for a few months to promote his album, and the weekly tracks generally featured various rappers from his label, GOOD Music, and other artists he usually collaborated with.[1] All of the GOOD Friday tracks come with their own cover art.[2] West initially announced that the free music program releases songs from August 20, 2010 to Christmas 2010. However at the beginning of November, West announced that he was extending GOOD Fridays until the end of January.[3] 15 GOOD Friday tracks have been released through the program and three tracks appeared on West's album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.[4]

On January 8, 2016, it was announced by West's wife Kim Kardashian that G.O.O.D Fridays would be returning leading up to his upcoming album, Waves (then known as SWISH and So Help Me God).[5]

Songs[edit]

2010[edit]

Song Released Notes
"Power" (remix)
(featuring Jay-Z and Swizz Beatz)
August 20, 2010[6]
"Monster"
(featuring Rick Ross, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj and Bon Iver)
August 27, 2010[7]
[8]
Taken off the GOOD Friday website due to being released as an official single. Peaked at position #18 on the Billboard Hot 100.
"Runaway Love" (remix)
(featuring Raekwon and Justin Bieber)
August 30, 2010 (Monday) Later released on Never Say Never – The Remixes, which uses the original version's beat.
"Devil in a New Dress" September 3, 2010 Shortened version of what appeared on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Produced by Bink!.
"Good Friday"
(featuring Common, Pusha T, Kid Cudi, Big Sean and Charlie Wilson)
September 10, 2010
"Lord Lord Lord"
(featuring Mos Def, Swizz Beatz, Raekwon and Charlie Wilson)
September 17, 2010 After the release of this track, Mos Def confirmed his signing with GOOD Music[9]
"So Appalled"
(featuring Jay-Z, Pusha T, Cyhi the Prynce, Swizz Beatz and RZA)
September 24, 2010 The GOOD Friday release of this track is an unmastered version of what later appeared on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.
"Christian Dior Denim Flow"
(featuring Kid Cudi, Pusha T, John Legend, Lloyd Banks and Ryan Leslie)
October 1, 2010 Released the week West said he would temporarily suspend the GOOD Friday series.[10] Re-released with an extended verse by Ryan Leslie.[11]
"Don't Stop!" (Child Rebel Soldier) October 8, 2010 Recorded and produced more than a year prior to release.[12] Re-released 2 days later with a different mix of the song.[13]
"Take One for the Team"
(featuring Keri Hilson, Pusha T and Cyhi the Prynce)
October 15, 2010
"Don't Look Down"
(featuring Mos Def, Lupe Fiasco and Big Sean)
October 22, 2010 Produced by Swizz Beatz and The Individualz.
"The Joy"
(featuring Pete Rock, Jay-Z, Charlie Wilson, Curtis Mayfield and Kid Cudi)
October 29, 2010 Produced by Pete Rock and Kanye West. Included as a bonus track on Watch the Throne.
"Looking for Trouble"
(featuring Pusha T, Cyhi the Prynce, Big Sean and J. Cole)
November 5, 2010 Also included on the J. Cole mixtape Friday Night Lights as a bonus track.
"Chain Heavy"
(featuring Talib Kweli and Consequence)
November 12, 2010 Produced by Q-Tip.
"Christmas in Harlem"
(featuring Cam'ron, Jim Jones, Vado, Cyhi the Prynce, Pusha T, Musiq Soulchild, Teyana Taylor and Big Sean)
December 17, 2010 Produced by Hit-Boy. Released officially through iTunes on December 17, 2010, with only Teyana Taylor, CyHi Da Prynce and Kanye. The final version was released the following week.

2016[edit]

Song Released Notes
"FACTS" January 1, 2016 Produced by Metro Boomin and Southside.
"Real Friends"
(featuring Ty Dolla $ign)
January 8, 2016 Produced by Kanye West. Contains a snippet of "No More Parties in LA". [14][15]
"No More Parties in L.A."
(featuring Kendrick Lamar)
January 18, 2016 (Monday) Produced by Kanye West and Madlib.[16]
"A Message From Yasiin Bey"
(Mos Def)
January 20, 2016 (Wednesday) Featured on Kanye West's website but not on his SoundCloud. Freestyle from Mos Def alone. No actual track was released that week. The freestyle is known as "No More Parties In S.A.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kaufman, Gil (2010-08-23). "Kanye West Promises New Song Every Week Through Christmas - Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV. Viacom. Retrieved 2011-02-26. 
  2. ^ Kaufman, Gil (2010-08-23). "Kanye West Promises New Song Every Week Through Christmas - Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV. Retrieved 2011-02-26. 
  3. ^ http://www.complex.com/blogs/2010/11/08/sound-check-kanye-west-extends-g-o-o-d-fridays-%E2%80%99til-end-of-january
  4. ^ Ziegbe, Mawuse (2010-10-30). "Kanye West Finishes My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy - Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV. Retrieved 2011-02-26. 
  5. ^ http://consequenceofsound.net/2016/01/kanye-west-is-resurrecting-g-o-o-d-fridays-new-song-to-be-released-each-week/
  6. ^ Ryon, Sean (2010-08-12). "Kanye West To Release "Power (Remix)" With Jay-Z Tomorrow". HipHopDX. Retrieved 2010-12-18. 
  7. ^ Montgomery, James (2010-10-19). "Kanye West Reveals Which Good Friday Tracks Are On Fantasy". MTV News. Viacom. Retrieved 2011-08-11. 
  8. ^ Nadeska, Alexis (2010-08-30). "Kanye West and Jay-Z Team Up for Joint EP, Release 'Monster'". BoomBox. Retrieved 2011-08-11. 
  9. ^ Denis, Vanessa (2010-09-27). "Mos Def Signs With Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music - Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV. Retrieved 2011-02-26. 
  10. ^ Ziegbe, Mawuse (2010-10-02). "Kanye West Unleashes His 'Christian Dior Denim Flow' - Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV. Retrieved 2011-02-26. 
  11. ^ "Twitter / Kanye West: http://kanyewest.com/GOODF". Twitter.com. 2010-10-03. Retrieved 2011-02-26.  External link in |title= (help)
  12. ^ Ziegbe, Mawuse (2010-10-09). "Kanye West, Pharrell, Lupe Fiasco 'Don't Stop' On New Track - Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV. Retrieved 2011-02-26. 
  13. ^ "Twitter / Kanye West: Peep the newer version of". Twitter.com. 2010-10-10. Retrieved 2011-02-26. 
  14. ^ "Real Friends produced by me/sample by Frank Dukes and Boi 1da/drum programming by Havoc". Twitter. 2016-01-08. Retrieved 2016-01-08. 
  15. ^ "No More Parties in LA featuring Kendrick Lamar intro produced by me/track by Madlib". Twitter. 2016-01-08. Retrieved 2016-01-08. 
  16. ^ "Real Friends produced by me/sample by Frank Dukes and Boi 1da/drum programming by Havoc". Twitter. 2016-01-08. Retrieved 2016-01-08.