Kanye West
Yeezus


4.0
excellent

Review

by Brenden USER (1 Reviews)
October 21st, 2013 | 39 replies


Release Date: 06/18/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Great production and lyrics to laugh at.


Kanye West is a Illinois rapper who has made a name for himself not only in the rap game but in pop music overall. His latest album Yeezus was one of the most, if not the most, anticipated albums of 2013 and Kanye lives up to most of the hype surrounding the record.

Being a Kanye West West it’s no surprise that the production on Yeezus is amazing. His production style has changed with each album and this album is no different. Working with many different guest producers including big names such as Rick Rubin and Daft Punk, he has crafted a very harsh and dark sounding record that draws comparisons to the industrial sounds of Saul Williams and more recently Death Grips. On the track “On Sight” and “New Slaves” the dark production is suddenly stopped for soulful sample breaks that have been twisted just enough to sound perfect on the album. Sampling on this album( and all Kanye albums) is absolutely flawless. The track “Blood on the Leaves” features a sample of the Nina Simone song “Strange Fruit” that creates a breathless atmosphere that is truly something to experience. “Hold My Liquor” manages to create a forlorn atmosphere with captivating guitar harmonies and a drunken vocoder soaked hook delivered by Chief Keef.

The lyricism on Yeezus is admittedly hit and miss. While there are a few lines on the album that are well done most are just doltish. Nuggets such as “I just talked to Jesus/He said “what up Yeezus?” and “I be speaking swaghili” are stupidly clever but could easily offend some. Although Kanye does a lot of gloating on Yeezus there is a feeling of hopelessness and vulnerability that creates a juxtaposition between confidently arrogant tracks like “I Am a God” and heartbroken one’s such a “Hold My Liquor”. Regardless of the quality of the lyrics, they certainly fit with the sound and tone of the album. The dark atmosphere works so well with the tales of excess on “I Am a God” and experiences of lost love on “Hold My Liquor”. The albums closer “Bound 2” is a optimistic closer about that talks about his “Leave a pretty girl sad reputation” which he soon rhymes with this winner of a bar “Start a Fight Club Brad reputation”.

Kanye’s rapping has never been his strongest asset but on Yeezus he delivers some quality flows. On “New Slaves” he rides a flow from beginning to end with some tricky wordplay and delivers an auto tuned vocal at the very end of the track along with Frank Ocean who ends the song with sweet falsetto vocals. The best and worst rapping on the album comes from the track “I’m in It”. Kanye’s verses are unremarkable but the guest verse by Assassin is amazing. Assassin comes in at lighting speed and doesn’t let up until the verse is over. The best parts of the album are when Kanye doesn’t rap but when he sings with the help of a vocoder. On “Guilt Trip” Kanye delivers autotuned lyrics about his failed relationships which brings back memories of his 2010 track “Runaway”. Kid Cudi is also featured on “Guilt Trip” and even though he’s not the most gifted singer his untrained voice only helps the line “If you love me so much then why’d you let me go.” fell very powerful and heartbreaking.

While 2010’s My Beautiful Twisted Dark Fantasy could be seen as Kanye’s attempt at getting the public to like him again, Yeezus makes you hate him all over again. Between the boastful and stupid lyrics Kanye proves he really is a jerk albeit a very talented one. Although the album is not his best it’s certainly a great record that’s ahead of it’s time which features flawless production and creates an ominous atmosphere.


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Gwyn.
October 20th 2013


15101 Comments


This now has the same amount of reviews as MBDTF


huh


ALSO, review is mediocre.

HolidayKirk
Contributing Reviewer
October 20th 2013


1626 Comments


Review is pointless.

LittleStranger
October 20th 2013


481 Comments


Review is pointless. [2]

FiveLeavesLeft
October 21st 2013


9838 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Hey, your name is almost spelled the same as mine!

tommygun
October 21st 2013


24932 Comments


a illinois rapper

a

use an before vowels

like

really?

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GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
October 21st 2013


6109 Comments

Album Rating: 3.4

never heard of anyone referred to as a(n) illinois rapper

NakedSnake
October 21st 2013


266 Comments


State Sovereignty, National Union.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
October 21st 2013


31169 Comments


Being a Kanye West West it’s no surprise that the production on Yeezus is amazing.


West west ya'll

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RadicalEd
October 21st 2013


2649 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

stop reviewing this.

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Hoppoman
October 21st 2013


634 Comments


This album has one review per 50 ratings.

Azn.
October 21st 2013


5609 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

reads like a 2 review

LocustGrove
October 21st 2013


540 Comments


I never wish harm on a human being, but I wish something would happen to this creep that would prevent him from releasing any more of the diaper shit people are claiming is listenable music.

Cygnatti
October 21st 2013


21352 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

gr8 album

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Treeman
October 21st 2013


1223 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this album is so good how the fuck can this be anyhting bleow a 4 ever omg

Gwyn.
October 21st 2013


15101 Comments


"I never wish harm on a human being, but I wish something would happen to this creep that would prevent him from releasing any more of the diaper shit people are claiming is listenable music."

kill yourself.

Azn.
October 21st 2013


5609 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

he does have a point tho

DrHouseSchuldiner
October 21st 2013


5643 Comments


hilarious review.

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
October 21st 2013


50380 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

"Sampling on this album( and all Kanye albums)"

space after the parenthesis instead of before, I love it

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Lakes.
October 21st 2013


27753 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

wonderful review

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berlin1973
October 21st 2013


38 Comments


I'm sick of reading on the homepage that this album has a new review, just stop!



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