I know I’ve already spoke about Kanye West before so I’m not gonna discuss what I’ve already spoke about. Instead I thought i’d focus on the Yeezus album. Only Yeezus, I’m not gonna talk about anything else. Now I thought I’d focus on music tonight because I’ve just watched a documentary about Kanye West and it’s inspiring as fuck. Such motivation and confidence in his own ability is contagious. Also, my recent blog about sexuality was a bit heavy so tonight’s is easier.
So Yeezus is Kanye’s latest album and it dropped June 18th last year. I actually can’t believe this album is a year old. Lasting just over 40 minutes, Yeezus contains 10 tracks, starting with On Sight (a hard-hitting intro) and ending with Bound 2 (a shoutout to the old Kanye). The overall feeling of Yeezus is that it’s an artist saying “fuck you” to anyone who thinks they know him. Just as the rest of hip-hop are catching up with MBDTF (His previous album) he reinvents hip-hop. He reinvents pop music.
Kind of sounding like a sci-fi industrial factory, Kanye opens with On Sight, a track with amazing lyrics and a shoutout to Johnny Cochrane (OJs lawyer). About 1/3 into the track he adds a slow interlude before swerving that and switching back to the original beat. I swear he is the king of beats man.
The second track, Black Skinhead (BLKKK SKKKN HEAD), is a fucking beastly track. The beat hits you hard from the beginning and I guarantee the anger in his voice will inspire you do whatever it is that you’re doing. If you’re listening to this track while making a sandwich that sandwich is gonna be one fucking inspired sandwich. I dare you to not feel badass listening to it. He even reinvents history to suit his lyrical needs the crazy psycho genius. In case, after these 2 tracks, you’re still wondering what it is that Kanye thinks he is, he’s about to fucking tell you.
I Am A God follows, confirming that he is a fucking God, and you’re his fucking disciple and you better “hurry up with” his “damn croissants”. Maybe that is why he can reinvent the Battle of Thermopylae, because he’s a God. Tbf to Kanye though he gives credit to Jesus, admitting he’s the “most high” but Kanye knows he’s pretty fucking close.
Kanye gets political, New Slaves, with an appearance from Frank Ocean, talks about society. No, slaves aren’t literally picking cotton anymore, but they’re all slaves to industries spending all their money on what’s hot. The irony of course is that Kanye is the guy who decides what’s hot. But we’ll let that slide cause he goes in fucking hard on this track. Just so you know, you can’t fuck with ‘Ye.
I’ve mentioned Chief Keef before (the legend) and he features on Hold My Liquor, a slower track with a slightly different feel. It feels different until the drop where it feels similar to On Sight; a simplistic beat with focus on the lyrics. Tupac gets a mention and so do the Red Octobers. This track is definitely one of my favourites because of the ending. Cool as shit.
I’m In It comes next and it’s dope as fuck. ‘Ye is rhyming all kinds of words and dominating. The best lyric on the album is on this track (“Eating Asian pussy all I need is sweet and sour sauce” - tell me that’s not amazing). The middle eight is sound, and I bet once you know the lyrics you’ll sing along in the same high pitched voice. Listening to it now this track is the most sexual, but fuck you it’s great. Seriously, every time Kanye goes back in it’s anticipated. The word “finna” makes an appearance too which is sick. This song has the best lyrics on the album, fo sho.
My favourite song to play on guitar, Blood on the Leaves comes next. I don’t know if he reads my blog but shoutout to Aaron for showing me this song. Anyway, Kanye samples Strange Fruit, originally a poem written about lynching. This is my favourite poem because it’s powerful as fuck, and therefore this track is BOUND 2 be good (Kanye West pun, hail me HAHAHAHA).
Guilt Trip is my least fave song on the album but it’s still good, that’s how good this album is. The beat sounds a bit like Heartless (808s & Heartbreaks) with a Yeezus twist. Not much to say really, the song isn’t a filler it’s just not my fave. However, Chewbacca gets a mention so I’m glad Kanye and I both like Star Wars.
Send It Up is kind of like I’m In It. It’s got a cool hook and some clever lyrics. Yeah actually that’s a great shout, it’s kind of like a sequel, it’s about how fucking dominant Kanye is and he’ll show you by making you leave your friends outside the club. THEY AIN’T RALPH THO’.
The closing track, Bound 2, is definitely my favourite overall. Not only is it reminiscent of Kanye’s earlier work AKA soul samples, it’s also a l
ove song. I mean, it is technically I suppose. It’s like a rapper’s sonnet. Think of Shakespeare if he was a gang member and into rap. I also like it because I can kind of play it on keyboard. However, Sigma thought they’d fucking ruin it didn’t they the little cunts with their shitty drum and bass, chase and status wannabe, annoying, cunty beat. Woah, Ryan, calm down. They did though. Anyway, back to Bound 2. The song is great, again, clever lyrics for days. The hook is catchy as fuck and the video is so painfully shit that it’s amazing. Also, Seth Rogen and James Franco recreated it which is an instant win. This song is kind of like Kanye saying “hey critics, i know you’re about to say I’ve lost it and can’t do the old me, well fuck you, yes I can and here’s evidence you dicks”.
Guys, listen to the album, not on shuffle either. What happened to the days of listening to an entire album the whole way through before picking your favourite songs? The whole concept of the album is reducing the amount of information but keeping the same quality and integrity, which, I think he does masterfully.