I don't think this collab will bring many new fans to U2. This will only make people more confortable with the band, like "they can be cool".
Everybody is aware that U2 is an old act and I don't think anybody cares if U2 is touring a 30 years old album. Only the fans.
Yup. 99% of U2's fans will never hear this song and don't like this genre anyways.
That's a remarkably broad and bold statement. The isolationism from the U2 community that has shown up in response to this song has been kind of flabbergasting.
Yes, but it is just a small cameo, nothing mindblowing. And it's a collab that doesn't reflect most of what you'll find in U2's output. How many people will download a U2 album after that, I wonder? Maybe they'll listen to some hits in the youtube, like WOWY, Pride etc.
It's them trying something new, getting out of their comfort zone, not being afraid to break down some barriers, real or perceived. I think it's exactly what you'll find in a lot of U2's output.
Come on, the U2 part isn't exactly something new, out of their confort zone, not afraid to break down some barriers. It's just a cool jam that created a nice contrast to the violence of the first part of the song (that is all Kendrick Lamar).
Yeah, let me know the last time they worked on a song this angry and desparately violent with one of the biggest rappers in the world. Let me know the last time a collaboration caused this much consternation and knee jerk ridiculousness in the U2 community. Let me know the last time fans of rap mentioned U2 for anything other than putting SOI on their iPhones. I'm not just talking about the specific music they played; I'm talking about the message the collaboration sent as well. The music is their best part, but U2 has always been bigger than their music.
Man, why this overreaction? I like rap, I like this collaboration, I think XXX is awesome, one of the best tracks of the album (yes, I've listened to the whole album) and I think the U2 part of the song is pretty good. And I do think this is good to their image too (and people are being positive about it).
But let's just be realistic. It's just small cameo that pleople received as being surprisingly good and cool. However, the U2 part (their 1:30 minute of one song) is not an epiphany, it is not earth shattering music, not something people will listen to and think "omg, where was this band in all my life". They are not an overwhelming presence in the album.
Nobody here is being negative about this whole thing. We just don't want to exaggerate the consequences... because, as fans, we will read every news that will come about this collaboration and will think that the whole world is reading that too.