Buzzworthy Battle: Paramore’s ‘Monster’ vs. Kanye West’s ‘Monster’

Paramore and Kanye West may not have much in common musically, but their two worlds have come together over a monster.

Kanye West just released the official “Monster” video, coincidentally arriving right around the same time as Paramore’s “Monster,” the first song recorded since the departure of founding members Josh and Zac Farro. So how do the two songs hold up when stacked against each other?

With help from Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj and Bon Iver, Kanye’s track combines literal monsters (“Sasquatch, Godzilla, King Kong, Loch Ness, goblin, ghoul,” rhymes Jay-Z) with metaphorical tales of braggadocio (“It’s nada who you go and get, ain’t nobody cold as this/Do the rap, and the track, triple double, no assist,” rhymes Yeezy). It’s a rough, ominous beat anchored by hard, pounding drums that could double as intro music for a heavyweight boxer.

While Paramore’s “Monster” is firmly rooted in guitar rock, it’s more notable for its confessional lyrics, which have widely been viewed as a shot against founding members Josh and Zac Farro. Since their departure last December, the Farro brothers have been in a war of words with the remaining members over the split. “I’m only human, I’ve got a skeleton in me,” sings Williams. “But I’m not the villain, despite what you’re always preaching.” The song appears on the upcoming soundtrack to Transformers: Dark Of The Moon.

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