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Kanye West - Yeezus Review [2]
Posted by Bill Wannop on 06.18.2013


Being one of the top selling artists and awarded artists of all time can create a lot of pressure to continue to be successful. With the release of his sixth studio album, Yeezus a 10 track album that strays even further from the sound of his first release, has the pressure finally gotten to Kanye or is it proof that in terms of making music Kanye really is a god?


1. "On Sight"
2. "Black Skinhead"
3. "I Am a God"
4. "New Slaves"
5. "Hold My Liquor" (featuring Chief Keef and Justin Vernon)
6. "I'm in It"
7. "Blood on the Leaves"
8. "Guilt Trip" (featuring Kid Cudi)
9. "Send It Up" (featuring King L)
10. "Bound 2"

The album starts out with “On Sight” which features an electronic beat produced by Daft Punk, with Kayne dropping some of the most simplistic lines of his career. This tracks features a production method, which is repeated throughout Yeezus where there will be small interludes where the beat will completely change up in the middle of the track, before reverting back or changing into the next track. While this does make the album overall sound disjointed, the method somewhat works, because I believe that is what Kanye was going for as an overall feeling for the record, and some of the interludes are better beats and seem to fit better with Kanye West then the main beats he selected for this project.

The album moves along with “Black Skinhead”, which features a somewhat infectious beat, again produced by Daft Punk that seems somewhat reminiscent of “The Beautiful People” by Marilyn Mason. The track is somewhat good, mainly backed by the production as Kanye tackles the race issue, specifically the issues that people have with a black man with a white women in a relationship. While Kanye seems very passionate about the issue, it seems like the track and beat are somewhat wasted with West’s rantings.

While the first couple tracks were decent, the album flies off the rails with the track, “I Am a God”, which has Kanye at his narcissistic best, proving lines such as, “I just talked to Jesus, he said what up Yeezus/I said I just chllin, trying to stack these millions”. As the track continues, Kanye inserts random screaming effects throughout the track for no apparent reason the track.

“Hold My Liquor” features Chief Keef for some unknown reason. I mean Kanye West could likely have any act collab on his album, and he selects Chief Keef? Of all the other muscians and artists on the planet he actually woke up one morning while making the album and thought that adding Keef to this track would somehow make it better? To Keef’s credit, his verse is not horrible, and his verse is short, with this track being full of autotune.

“Blood on the Leaves” samples Nina Simone’s “Strange Fruit”, which basically has Kanye grieving about failed relationships, with the track again heavily filled with auto tuned vocals. Maybe this is why Jay-Z has been spending so much time with JT recently, as Kanye clearly did not get the message of Jigga’s track “Death of Autotune” a couple years ago. The same topic is basically present on the track “Guilt Trip”, where again West tries to dredge up the emotion of all his previous failed relationships.

“Send It Up” was a somewhat annoying beat, with Kanye feeling happy again as he is on his way to the club to pick up some chicks. Kanye is back to boasting giving lines, “She said can you get my friends in the club, I said Can you get my Benz in the club/If not, treat your friends like my Benz, park their ass outside until the evening ends.”

As we round out the album, we are 10 tracks deep and not one of them sounds like traditional hip hop or rap music. The only track that even remotely resembles previous Kanye West material is “Bound 2”. The album really does not have even any radio or hit singles that I could pick out. This project truly feels like Kanye West somewhat went mad, and lost all sense of what he used to be. Some fans may like his experimental attitude with this album and might like the mixing of genres and styles, but I am not one of them. When I listen a Kanye West album, this is not what I want to hear. Many other reviews and sites are heralding this album as an experimental classic but I just don’t get it. Either they are bowing to the whims of one of the top selling artists in history or they somehow thought that this album contained great music.

When I first heard that Daft Punk were helping with the production of this album, I was excited at what the album could have sounded like. In the end I was left scratching my head. I think the pressure has finally gotten to Kanye.

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The 411: Kanye West created an experimental album that sounds nothing like any of his other releases, which is not a good thing. The album is all over the place by mixing many different genres giving rise to a mismatch of tracks. This album has no real hit songs, in addition the guest spots leave a lot to be desired. Some fans may like his experimental attitude with this album and might like the mixing of genres and styles, but many will hate it.
Final Score:  6.0   [ Average ]  legend


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