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Kanye West – Yeezus (Album)

Following on from 2010 My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (MBDTF), Kanye West unleashes his 6th solo album Yeezus. Like on many of his albums Kanye has a list of collaborators on board including Daft Punk , Frank Ocean, Kid Cudi, Charlie Wilson and Justin Vernon.

Daft Punk are credited to have written and produced a number of tracks on this album, whilst they have kept the disco party bangers for their own Random Access Memories album, on Yeezus they take Kanye West into deep dark territory, but is Yeezus any good?

On Sight – Kanye spits out “no sports bra lets keep it bouncing” and that’s what this track does over a sprightly electro opener, just don’t listen to the lyrics. Black Skinhead provocative title and a confrontational Kanye spitting lyrics over bleak dark industrial beats – definitely not a song to hum or sing out loud to!

On I Am A God something tells me that Kanye is having a rant about the media with the lines “Soon as they like you make em unlike you, Cause kissing people’s ass is so unlike you. New Slaves – another bleak electro track which talks about a bleak subject; racism both in days gone by and the type of racism that is prevalent today.

Blood On The Leaves – probably the most commercial track on the album and uses a speeded up Nina Simone sample, Strange Fruit, to good effect

Bound 2 featuring vocals by Charlie Wilson closes the album, with questionable lyrics with Kanye not wanting to leave a reminder on a girls mink; think Monica Lewinsky

Whilst most rappers are making party/euro trance lite records, Kanye has made the darkest, angriest,deepest rap/hip hop record you’ll hear this decade. Yeezus makes his MBDTF  seem like a Will Smith album.

Yeezus is not for everyone as it is dark, bleak, angry, confrontational, challenging; and at times hard to listen to, however, it is everything that innovative music should be. Is Kanye West a god? probably but only in a recording studio.

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