Submitted by tiggerlion on 5 July 2013 - 12:06am
What's it called?:
What does it sound like?:
Whilst Kim Kardashan cooked his bun, Kanye busied himself making this album. After the gloriously eclectic My Beautiful, Dark, Twisted Fantasy & the crowd-pleasing Watch The Throne, Yeezus is brutal. It's a stomach-churning listen. The sound platform has been built by gargantuan, industrial robots and the raps are unapologetically priapic. He is lewd, aggressive, misogynistic and broken. He seethes against the ill-treatment of black men by the system and, beneath the bravado, he is sadly, bewildered by women. There are few gentle moments, certainly nothing as tender as New Day, a meditation on fatherhood on Watch The Throne. Blood On The Leaves pitches a sample of Strange Fruit against a tale of bitter divorce. I Am A God screams with desperation. Black Skinhead bristles with defiance. Any humour is caustic. Across forty minutes, it's a harrowing and an exhilarating listen, one that is deceptive in its complexity and terrible in its beauty. Yeezus is not for the faint-hearted.
What does it all *mean*?:
Like Prince in the 80s, Kanye is an artist who confounds expectations and pushes against boundaries. His production, with help from Daft Punk and Rik Rubin amongst others, is creative and imaginative. He really doesn't give a fuck what people think.
Goes well with …:
A dinner party. Astound your guests with its noise and its potty mouth. Play 'spot the ridiculous couplet'. How about "Louboutin on the toes again/ Tight dress dancing close to him/ Yeezus just rose again"? Should help sparkle the conversation.
Might suit people who like …:
Blank cover art. Artists willing to expose warts and all. Grinding noises. Bottomless bass. Provocative samples. Filthy lyrics. Threesomes. Squillionaires who don't care. Rap/Hip Hop. Risk-taking. Consuming hard liquor. Toe-curling embarrassment.