Kanye West
Yeezus


2.0
poor

Review

by Herbie Chrost USER (18 Reviews)
February 4th, 2017 | 83 replies


Release Date: 2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "If I knew what I knew in the past
, I would've been blacked out on your ass"

After the mega success of their album The Money Store, the band, Death Grips, decided that they would take their pop influences to a more, so to speak, extreme level… But not after prematurely leaking their album No Love Deep Web on the interweb just to drop themselves from their dumb label cos all big labels are bad! Once GOOD Music picked the band up, they then decided to take the poor production from The Money Store and That One Album with a Pink, Throbbing, Erect Penis and make the music severely clip not from lackluster equipment but from turning the dynamics up to levels only Metallica and Imagine Dragons could only dream of because loud is good! All thanks to the all-mighty wisdom of Rick Rubin, the Death Magentic Grips have created the industrial hip-hop masterpiece that teenage hipsters will be talking about for ages: Yeezus.

So what changed so much since the band had created The Money Store and NLDW that is making their fanboys whine so much? Well, the beats are schizophrenic as ever (see opening track “On Sight”) but for once you could tell what old MC Ride is preaching in the midst of the chaos. On the song “I’m in It,” MC Ride reveals his love for twats and Asian chicks who have pussy that taste like sweet-n’-sour sauce and having a sad cum about it. On songs like the pseudo-Marilyn Manson romp that is “BLKKK SKKKN HEAD” and pseudo-prog rocker “New Slaves,” MC Ride passionately shouts about not only pussy (and 300 bitches and trojan condoms) but how he, from African descent, feels scrutinized by American pop culture media and the *GASP* government. Probably the most shocking of all is MC Ride thinks he’s Charles Manson and proclaims many times in the record how much he thinks he’s the 2nd coming the one and only Jesus H. Christ (the record ain’t just titled Yeezus for shock value, yknow).

However, just after the 4th song on the record (“New Slaves”) you realize how weak a lyricist MC Ride really is. As interesting a revelation it is, pussy can only be an interesting topic for so long. Oh yeah, and apparently, MC Ride’s got money. Lots and LOTS of it, which is funny considering how much the band seems to base their attitude and looks on being mentally deranged psychopaths who don't give a shit about paying taxes, thus making them homeless. But it makes sense when you consider the fact MC Ride bought off Jimmy Page’s castle. However, there is a song about how weak Ride’s bladder is in terms of holding his liquor, but it’s fine ‘cos once you’re noided, you can’t just go back. He’ll take his own life like he kept it all this time. But, man, Ride really isn’t joking when he says he’s noided I mean the guy believes the government is really after him, his dough, and his pussy, all because he’s black; and once he’s eliminated, world domination by the whites!

The only real lyrical stand out on the album is “Guilt Trip” which is a calm (when you compare it to the other songs on the record, anyway) psychedelic, ambient tune that details something that sounds like heartbreak, but, then again, the lyrics seem to focus on someone’s birth date being connected to Capricorn or some cryptic shit. Oh yeah, and goddam Kid Cudi is up on this track spitting some bars about how someone left him or something; he sounds too much like a wolf howling at the moon to make sense of what he’s saying. There are also quite a few other collaborators, but they’re either sell out r&b artists or some artist as obscure as Bjork (Justin Vernon anybody?) and chopps the vocals up.

Despite MC Ride’s subpar performance, you also realize how lazy the band has become. While the beats have relied on sampling and manipulated production for synths and a solid “melody” to work off of for drummer Zach Hill to masturbate over, both the producer, Flatlander, and Zach Hill seem to have been placed in the far back burner for a majority of the record while Rick Rubin works his magic. Like he’s done with records like Metallica’s Death Magnetic, RHCP’s Californication, and Ulver's Nattens Madrigal, LOUDER IS MORE BETTER!!! The distorted synth riff that starts the album off sounds like glass bottles vibrating on a flat surface as the same goes for other tracks like “BLKKK SKKKN HEAD” and “Send it Up.” Speaking of production and sampling, it seems odd that “New Slaves” would end with a ripped sample of some obscure hard rock Hungarian band rather than have, perhaps, Flatlander and Hill do a cover of it. The band say they record things wherever they go to stock up on samples, but I don’t know if it’s Flatlander or Rick Fucking Rubin, but the goddam “Uh huh, honey”s on “Bound 2” can get on your nerve sometimes.

Speaking of “Bound 2,” it’s almost fascinating to see how the band’s music videos have evolved as much as their sound. I mean, Yeezus!, the music video for “Bound 2” features Kanye West’s trophy wife Kim K naked, riding MC Ride on a motorcycle in Africa! What a terrific use of the MC’s name! “BLKKK SKKKN HEAD” is an interactive video online with a CGI beefed up MC Ride spazzing out in total blackness in sync with the melody-less song (although, to be fair, drums are primal for a band with keeping tempo and all Hill did was spazz out of tempo thru all their songs).

The only thing comparable between Yeezus and The Money Store (I've been threatened by lawyers to not speak of that album with a dick further for Copyright reasons) is the industrial sound. Death Grips may be selling out but who knows. “The Fever (Aye Aye)” almost sounds like “BLKKK SKKKN HEAD” or perhaps “On Sight” but, in all honesty all the similarities end there. Hell, MC Ride’s already getting himself a bigger ego and been maligning the other members of the band threatening to fire them. But what seems saddest is what Lou Reed has said of the record:

Quote:
"majestic and inspiring [...] no one's near doing what he's doing, it's not even on the same planet. It sounds like Niggas on the dark side of the moon!”

Indeed it does Lou Reed.



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TVC15
February 4th 2017


10229 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Changing my reviewing tag back to Holden Caulfield for this gem

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Mr. Pain
February 4th 2017


17485 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

bound 2 is the worst song ever recorded

TVC15
February 4th 2017


10229 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Jeroooome's in the hoooouuusee

Mr. Pain
February 4th 2017


17485 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

if i ever hear that song again im putting a gun to my head

TVC15
February 4th 2017


10229 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Same, everything about it is cancer

CaliggyJack
February 4th 2017


3071 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

NUUUUUUUUUU MUH KANYE

TVC15
February 4th 2017


10229 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

0 out of 1 thought this review was well written



TVC15
February 4th 2017


10229 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks bb



A 1.5 is probably more appropriate but I don't have the willpower to hate it more

DoofusWainwright
February 4th 2017


19991 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I think I'd feel the joke more if I didn't dislike Death Grips so much but...pos-y pos



I also like half of this album a fair bit

theNateman
February 4th 2017


3801 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

WHUT IHN THE FUHK WHUS THAHT KHANHYE

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Satellite
February 4th 2017


25867 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

protip: joke reviews are only good when they're funny

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
February 4th 2017


19063 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

"But what seems saddest is what Lou Reed has said of the record:



Quote:

"majestic and inspiring [...] no one's near doing what he's doing, it's not even on the same planet. It sounds like Niggas on the dark side of the moon!”



Indeed it does Lou Reed."



why you gotta use my boy lou for your meme rap bs tho

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CaliggyJack
February 4th 2017


3071 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

You are an island of reality in an ocean of diarrhea Arcade.

guitarded_chuck
February 4th 2017


18035 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

H I P S T E R S U N I T E

guitarded_chuck
February 4th 2017


18035 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAAHAHHAHAHAHAHAAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAAHHAHAAHHAHAHAHAHA

TVC15
February 4th 2017


10229 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Lol

TVC15
February 4th 2017


10229 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

The first half of the Lou Reed quote is what he actually thinks of the record, search it up

TheMrAlexK
February 4th 2017


11121 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Criticizing this album's production smh

TVC15
February 4th 2017


10229 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Heard this kinda stuff better on Saul William's Niggy Tardust album and Techno Animals' Brotherhood of the Bomb. Kanye' better with the pop/soul stuff not electronic industrial stuff

tastepolice
February 4th 2017


318 Comments


too bad this is miles better than anything death gripes ever did, death grips literally have one good song and that is beware, that is an amazing song but they haven't made anything near that level ever again, I haven't heard their whole discography but what I've heard is just edgy pop for suburban white kids, the cool new thing, in fact so cool and so new as to convince themselves that someone like kanye jumped on THIS bandwagon lol get real, I'm with arcade on this one sorry but you're dumb if you think kanye was inspired by DG
and besides this is a masterpiece and so is MBDTF, what masterpieces have DG released? none and that's the sorry truth I'm afraid



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