This is a busy week for Kanye! After welcoming a baby girl June 15 with girlfriend Kim Kardashian, Kanye dropped his sixth studio album ‘Yeezus’ — but is it worth checking out?
In what’s sure to be one of the most talked-about albums of the year, Kanye West‘s Yeezus is his latest attempt at taking the rap genre to a new level. He debuted two of his new songs, “Black Skinhead” and “New Slaves” on Saturday Night Live on May 18 and they were innovative yet total Kanye. With the major success of 808s & Heartbreak and My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, the rapper had a lot to live up to, and he does, but let’s see what the critics thought. (Even though Kanye doesn’t care!)
Kanye West’s ‘Yeezus’ Reviews
Los Angeles Times
‘Yeezus’ is the most musically adventurous album West has ever released, a wildly experimental work that features tracks produced by Daft Punk, Hudson Mohawke, Rick Rubin and others. It’s also West’s most narcissistic, defiant, abrasive and unforgiving.
Being a work of Kanye West, Yeezus is also a brilliant, obsessive-compulsive career auto-correct. Kanye is 36 years old, a fashion-world comer and a tabloid fixture about to have a kid with one of the dozen or so people on Earth who are more famous than he is. This isn’t just a way to stay ahead of the competition; it’s a way to stay ahead of himself.
‘Yeezus’ is a medley of several genres — new wave, punk, rock, and of course hip-hop. Those looking for vintage soul sounds or even full-on raps from start to finish will be thrown several curves here. It’s an album with numerous emotional layers as well. There are a few lighthearted moments, and cuts about love along with lust. But mostly, West is just plain mad — angry at naysayers, ‘The Man’ censoring his art, and even at his own celeb status.
The job of an innovator, of course, is to keep innovating. And while 2010’s superlative My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy deepened his sonic palate, and 2011’s Jay-Z collab Watch the Throne reveled in luxury rap, West’s sixth solo effort plunges directly into the darker crevices of his psyche. In some ways it’s a 180 on 808s: Where that album was, on the surface, his softest and most vulnerable, Yeezus comes off as his hardest — designed, as the man himself says on ‘Black Skinhead,’ to ‘f— up your whole afternoon.’ Believe it or not, that’s just ‘Ye being modest: This album has the potential to mess with your whole year.
So, HollywoodLifers, will you be listening to Yeezus? Let us know!
WATCH: Kanye West’s Song ‘Black Skinhead’ Live On SNL
— Avery Thompson
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