After some initial puzzlement around his live streaming staircase construction, the somewhat enigmatic Frank Ocean finally gave his fans what they’ve been waiting years for: New material. In the space of a week Ocean treated the world to a visual album (part of which is building the aforementioned staircase) called Endless, an LP titled Blonde and, just for good measure, a zine released at a handful of pop-up shops called Boys Don’t Cry.
The zine is full of essays and artwork by an impressive list of people, but lets not pretend we don’t know what the standout piece is—Kanye West’s 29 line ode to McDonald’s. Some may think the meter is odd others may think the rhyme scheme does not exist, but those are thoughts of haters trying to keep Yeezy in a box. Let’s just let Kanye be Kanye. And now, the poem:
McDonalds Man McDonalds Man The French Fries Had A Plan The French Fries Had A Plan The Salad Bar And The Ketchup Made A Band Cus The French Fries Had A Plan The French Fries Had A Plan McDonalds Man McDonalds I Know Them French Fries Had A Plan I Know Them French Fries Had A Plan The Cheeseburger And The Shakes Formed A Band To Overthrow The French Fries Plan I Always Knew Them French Fries Was Evil Man Smelling All Good And Shit I Don’t Trust No Food That Smells That Good Man I Don’t Trust It I Can’t McDonalds Man McDonalds Man McDonalds Damn Them French Fries Look Good Tho I Knew The Diet Coke Was Jealous Of The Fries I Knew The Diet Coke Was Jealous Of The Fries Even The McRib Was Jealous Of The Fries I could See It Through His Artificial Meat Eyes And He Only Be There Some Of The Time Everybody Was Jealous Of Them French Fries Except For That One Special Guy That Smooth Apple Pie
Interestingly, as Complex noted, Kanye’s poem may have been years in the making, as Iggy Azalea quoted what sounded like some early drafts of a few lines way back in 2013. It’s likely that Kanye’s work will get overshadowed by the rest of Frank Ocean’s releases over the last week, but hey, this may be the most important hip hop/fast food crossover since Lupe Fiasco proclaimed his love of orange chicken.