Kanye West
Yeezus


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by LyndonBainesJohnson USER (2 Reviews)
June 27th, 2013 | 31 replies | 1,387 views


Release Date: 06/18/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Pink-ass polo bringing real rap back.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Despite the speculative mentions of "primal screaming," the Nine Inch Nails comparisons, and the positively Marilyn Mansonesque leaked demo of “Black Skinhead” (no, that’s not a “Beautiful People” sample) preceding the release of Yeezus, *Kanye West's sixth full-length, one's first listen renders a *comfortable comparison to his most radio-friendly, Graduation, and his at least second most radio-friendly, 808s and Heartbreak. That being said, Yeezus is still plenty dark and consequently pretty refreshing for a hip-hop album.
The accountability for variance is disproportionately placed in the hands of an expertly-selected array of producers. Not to take credit away from West; he evidently spent a great deal of time fashioning the album into a very cohesive whole. The hyped-up futurism of the Daft Punk-helmed opener “On Sight” make Executive Producer Rick Rubin's repeated use of a "minimalist" descriptor seem absurd. Obvious highlight "Blood on the Leaves," produced primarily by Hudson Mohawke of TNGHT, invokes College Dropout-era *Kanye with a chopped Nina Simone sample and pairs it with all the bravado we've come to expect from the aforementioned production duo. Picture the sprawling romantic expanse of "Runaway" riddled with Adderall, cocaine, caffeine and auto tune.
Perhaps it's just the elaborately crafted persona, but, in an interview with Pitchfork, Rubin paints a picture of a lyrically ill-prepared Kanye who "scored 40 points in the last quarter." Due to the strength of the lyrics, this doesn’t seem likely. The most prominent themes, racism and sex (were you expecting something else?), are handled with an equal parts twisted and genius sense of humor. Lines like "Black girl sipping white wine, put my fist in her like a Civil Rights sign" and "And I know she like chocolate men, she got more niggas off than Cochran" are way more in touch with the (let's face it) mostly white twenty-something demographic who know more about "Ain't Nobody Got Time For That" than they do Rodney King. Needless to say, it's a much-needed refresher to a genre that has been romanticizing minority crime, or at the very least, weed and pussy, for far too long.
Overall, it's the little quirks and fine tunings that make Yeezus so great; the hip-hop album that doesn't worry about venturing too far from home base. In a lot of ways, it’s far more fitting of the title of Hip-Hop is Dead than Nas‘s recent misfire. *"Hold My Liquor’s” second half sounds more like a straight Bon Iver song than a Kanye West song. "New Slaves" sees West at his most politically adept; so much so that you hardly realize the song eschews drums completely. In fact, it's so good at identifying the more chameleon-like racial hierarchy of today (particularly that private prison nonsense) that it's arguably as relevant as "*** the Police" was twenty years ago.



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Epicenter
June 27th 2013



166 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yo, separate the paragraphs. Now.

Storm In A Teacup
June 27th 2013



12688 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

this review is not my opinion

Storm In A Teacup
June 27th 2013



12688 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

summary is garbage btw lol

no pos no neg

sixdegrees
June 27th 2013



15777 Comments




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oltnabrick
June 27th 2013



29282 Comments


Lyndon, you are one of the best writers on the site.



A really enjoyable read.

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PunchforPunch
June 27th 2013



5306 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

hahaha

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LyndonBainesJohnson
June 27th 2013



5 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Sorry Epicenter. I'm new to this site. Hopefully the formatting is a bit better now.

Thanks oltnabrick. Your feedback is much appreciated.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
June 27th 2013



30298 Comments


The accountability for variance is disproportionately placed in the hands of an expertly-selected array of producers.


Throwing in extra syllables doesn't convert your writing into something more eloquent

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LyndonBainesJohnson
June 27th 2013



5 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Huh? I get that I'm a little wordy at times but none of that is unnecessary. Do you even know what a syllable is? You could have just said it could be more concise. Thanks for the feedback anyway. Noted.

NigelH
June 27th 2013



1571 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Aside from the formatting, very good read. Pos'd.

toxin.
June 27th 2013



11821 Comments


check out my soundoff m/

dimsim3478
June 27th 2013



3995 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
June 27th 2013



30298 Comments


Do you even know what a syllable is?


Yes

LyndonBainesJohnson
June 27th 2013



5 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

What EXTRA syllables are in that sentence then? I just don't get what you're trying to say other than there's too many big words in that sentence for your liking. Of course that's fine though.

toxin.
June 27th 2013



11821 Comments


he's saying it's a shitty sentence that tries to sound smart and ends up sounding idiotic instead

Epicenter
June 27th 2013



166 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thank you, Mr. President, for fixing the formatting.

oltnabrick
June 27th 2013



29282 Comments


pseudo-intellectual itt

dimsim3478
June 27th 2013



3995 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Oh Lyndon how does it feel to be quoted in a soundoff with only three comments?

sixdegrees
June 27th 2013



15777 Comments


spelcome to wutnik

LyndonBainesJohnson
June 27th 2013



5 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

dimsim,

Don't know what you're referring to but I'm sure it feels like the internet.



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