Kanye West
Yeezus


4.0
excellent

Review

by Joe Denby USER (17 Reviews)
June 17th, 2013 | 20 replies


Release Date: 06/18/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Kanye West does whatever the hell Kanye West wants to do.

One of the more peculiar things about an ironic release is the ability to cater to two audiences simultaneously. Make no mistake, Yeezus is the absolute epitome of “going off the deep end”, taking everything that made its predecessor, the arguable magnum opus, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, and rather than falling into the oft seen trap of attempting to emulate that which made it so successful, it runs in the opposite direction as fast as possible. Kanye entirely strips the self awareness and isolation that made his last release so distinctive, all to fuel his ego's new pinnacle. Whether the artist has finally snapped and come to believe his own larger than life persona, or has merely elevated himself to the point of meta narrative is now somehow irrelevant, your reception rests entirely on your interpretation, and damned if he cares on which side you place yourself.

For Yeezus is more than a controversial label to get his *** talkers *** talking, it is a stance, and one need only look so far as the opener for a portent of things to come. Where “Dark Fantasy” was a nursery rhyme with soaring vocals, “On Sight” provides the antithesis: gritty, disjointed synths underlying a front and centre, rasping delivery by West, proudly waxing lyrical about his status and exploits.

“How much do I not give a ***?”

The release then transitions into two highlights in the name of "Black Skinhead" and "New Slaves". West directs his messiah complex twoards the external, obnoxiously placing himself as the forerunner against his reception and a population engrossed by advertisement and consumerism respectively, his focus now on the external whilst retaining his trademark myopia. The tone unfailingly continues along its darker path, the former's driving percussion and deep exhalations paving the way for West to make his statement. Even when it's the rest of the world, it's all about him.

"I am a god."

Throughout the record, hedonism and indulgence is embraced rather than repelled, yards of verse dedicated to soulless sexual deviation in the way of “Hold My Liquor”, “I'm in It” and “Send it Up", the words leaving the listener with no doubt Kanye has no moral qualms or regrets for his actions, and the pervading atmosphere making a similarly concrete assertion that West is all too aware of their negative repercussions. The humility, if any, can be found in King Louie being allowed a verse in “Send it Up”, a concession relative to the remainder of the release. Where Dark Fantasy could almost be seen as a group project, with Kanye as the orchestrator, Yeezus refuses anything but the spotlight, centre stage, a podium for the man himself.

Bound 2”, however, remains a conundrum. Effortlessly catchy, soulful, the track could not be less fitting amongst the egotistical mire of the rest of the album, verses dedicated almost apologetically to a specific love interest, the Heatmakerz assisting with a sound that could have been pulled directly from roots harking back to the decade it's been since The College Dropout. What message is West trying to convey with such an understated closer? Is it to his fans, reminding them he's the same artist that he always was, or to himself, as a reminder that he's the same person he always was? Whatever your interpretation, only one thing's for certain: Damned if he cares what your interpretation is.

”Jerome's in the house, watch your mouth,
Jerome's in the house, watch your mouth.”




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DirEnRefused
June 17th 2013


2233 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wasn't planning on reviewing this, but it took actually writing this piece to finally decide how I felt.

LPFTW
June 17th 2013


188 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The album title is atrocious but the songs are crazy awesome

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iSkane
June 17th 2013


855 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

I'm actually surprised at how good the album is, considering the fucking name. Good review.

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DirEnRefused
June 17th 2013


2233 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks, bro.

Also, to the guy who ghost negged, please let me know why. I genuinely just want to improve my
writing, and criticism'd be great.

Also also, though I didn't mention Blood on the Leaves because it seemed superfluous to what I'd
already discussed, that track friggin' rules.

VinVal
June 17th 2013


878 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

the name is fitting considering the content of the songs

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RadicalEd
June 17th 2013


2739 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

good review, I agree on the statments about this being the exact opposite of MBDTF but in the end the album is so repulsive in it' aggressive douchbaggery, I just can't bring myself to enjoy any of it.

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
June 17th 2013


22033 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

that's actually one of the few things I like about it

now if only the music itself were good

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Crawl
June 17th 2013


1639 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

^Couldn't say it better
EDIT: that was on Ed's post

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RadicalEd
June 17th 2013


2739 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Crawl. You Don't like the music or the douchbaggery?

Edit: Ninja edit bro

RadicalEd
June 17th 2013


2739 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

"that's actually one of the few things I like about it

now if only the music itself were good"

The music is pretty bad as well yes.

climactic
June 17th 2013


19821 Comments


radical ed, u o e n o

RadicalEd
June 17th 2013


2739 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

what? I'm not smart enough for that post sry.

EaglesBecomeVultures
June 17th 2013


5266 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

#takebacksputnik2013

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DirEnRefused
June 17th 2013


2233 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah Ed, I can totally understand hating the album for all the reasons I enjoyed it. Were you a fan of
Fantasy?


Smithsonian
June 17th 2013


87 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Best review for yeezus so far and I agree with you about bound 2, that song is so out of place.

cagedescending
June 17th 2013


4124 Comments


Best review for yeezus so far [2]

well cept for the one that got deleted obv

oltnabrick
June 17th 2013


31266 Comments


underrated review

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Gyromania
June 17th 2013


15963 Comments


i think kanye west legitimately believes that he's a god among men

oltnabrick
June 17th 2013


31266 Comments


theres no doubt

RadicalEd
June 18th 2013


2739 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

"Yeah Ed, I can totally understand hating the album for all the reasons I enjoyed it. Were you a fan of
Fantasy?"

Yeah i loved it pretty hard. Solid 4.5.



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