Album Review | Kanye West – Yeezus

This album was released on June 16th in 2013. It’s easily Kanye West’s most hated album. It has a very abrasive sound. It’s been a minute since I listened to it, but I remember not liking it when I first heard it. I like experimental music like clipping., but this album in particular just didn’t work. It sounded like a very disingenuous attempt at being weird and experimental. When you make an experimental album, the sounds still have to work with each other. Albums like Because The Internet & CLPPNG work because all of the bizarre sounds come together in a great way. They make music. They use weird ass noises to make great sounds and beats. You can’t just throw a bunch of weird ass noises on a track and expect it to work. There is a level of talent you have to have to make a good experimental album. This album doesn’t work. That’s my impression of the album right now. Like I said, it’s been a minute since I heard this album, so maybe when I hear it again I’ll have slightly different thoughts. I don’t know tho…

Track 1: On Sight (Prod. Kanye West, Daft Punk, Mike Dean & Benji B)

On Sight

It’s starting now. This beat is annoying as fuck. It sounds like robots having sex. I’m really not into Daft Punk so this loud ass techno shit doesn’t work for me. Kanye’s first verse was just not good. “Black dick all in your spouse again, and I know she like chocolate men.” Why is he rapping about this shit? I mean, it’s fine if he wants to make a braggadocios song—he did that a lot on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy—but he’s just not doing a good job here. These lines could’ve come from anyone. “Soon as I pull up and park the Benz / We get this bitch shaking like Parkinsons.” That’s really the only decent line in the whole verse. This soul sample that cuts in after the first recital of the lazy hook is easily the best part of the song. It’s really not that good when you listen to the sample’s lyrics. “He’ll give us what we need / It may not be what we want.” So, Kanye clearly knew that we wouldn’t be happy with this album, but we “need” it. You know, people call Kanye a fucking douchebag all the time, and I really didn’t agree with them until I heard this album. We need this album? Are you fucking shitting me? This album ain’t do shit for nobody. Fuck outta here with that bullshit. This isn’t the album we need. This isn’t the album we wanted. It’s the album Kanye wanted. I wouldn’t even mind it that much if he didn’t try to pretend that this album was doing something for the greater good of Hip Hop or society in general. “I got her back in and put my dick in her moooooooooouuuuuuuth.” That’s what we need? REALLY? No. No, go fuck yourself. I’m sorry. I love Kanye, but this shit is fucking horrible. Even if the beat wasn’t terrible, this song wouldn’t be good. These lyrics are awful. His flow wasn’t even anything special. “Baby girl tryna get a nut, and her girl tryna give it up.

Dog shit

I don’t like a single thing about this song. This song is fucking dogshit to me. I can’t fuck with this at all. 0/5

Track 2: Black Skinhead (Prod. Kanye West, Daft Punk, Gesaffelstein, Brodinski, Mike Dean, Lupe Fiasco, Jack Donoghue, No I.D. & Noah Goldstein)

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Alright, this is easily the most popular single from this album. It’s one of the few tracks that actually works sonically. First of all, that beat is crazy. The production on this track in particular is fucking incredible. The first verse is cool I guess. There really aren’t that many standout lines. He’s talking about racist ass people that piss him off. By that description, this sounds like some shit that I would love. He really doesn’t do that good of a job talking about it tho. “They see a black man with a white woman / At the top floor they gone come to kill King Kong.” That’s really the only line that I can consider good. I don’t even know if I’d call that line good honestly. It’s just better than the others. It feels like he’s only talking about incredibly specific and personal problems. He’s not talking about how racist people hate African Americans. He’s talking about how racist people hate Kanye West. The first verse doesn’t stand out that much at all. “I keep it 300, like the Romans.” That’s one of Kanye West’s most notorious lines for obvious reasons. Do I even need to say why that line doesn’t work? I will just in case some of you guys don’t know shit about the movie 300. It tells the story of the Battle of Thermopylae, which was fought by 300 SPARTANS. Yeah. He got the army wrong. Honestly, I don’t think that line bothers me as much as it does a lot of other people. I wish he didn’t fuck that shit up, but it doesn’t ruin the track for me. I enjoyed the song. I just feel like he could have done a much better job with these lyrics. It’s hard for me to believe that Lupe Fiasco wrote any of these lyrics. This song has 9 additional songwriters listed, but none of them pointed out that 300 line? Fuck, man. Whatever. I like the song. It’s dope. It just could’ve been executed a lot better. The music video was actually kinda cool until the song started. It just has Kanye rapping to the camera, but it’s animated, and the animation is really shitty. That’s pretty much it. The music video isn’t good. I like the song tho. 4/5

Track 3: I Am A God “Feat. God” (Prod. Kanye West, Mike Dean, Daft Punk, Hudson Mohawke, Noah Goldstein, Che Pope & Travis Scott)

I Am A God

This song really has “God” listed as a feature. First of all, God doesn’t exist. Just kidding. I don’t know what the fuck Kanye thought he was doing when he decided to say that this song is featuring God. I mean, it’s not like I’m personally offended by it because I’m an atheist, but I really don’t see why he would do something like that. Even if I did believe in God, why the fuck would he make a song with Kanye West? If he did for whatever reason make a song with Kanye West, it would definitely be better than this shit. Seriously, why is God credited as a feature? What was the purpose of that? Fuck it. I don’t give a fuck honestly. Apparently this song was inspired by an excerpt from the bible. “I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most high.” I guess it makes sense. It’s just not a good song tho… This beat is kinda cold honestly. I like the sample that he used at the beginning of the song. I’m just not really feelin’ these synths that come in after the hook. The hook itself is pretty terrible. “I am a god / Even though I’m a man of God / My whole life in the hand of God / So y’all better quit playin’ with God.” These lines are just stupid as fuck. The actual first verse didn’t have any really dumb lines like that thankfully. I think the first verse is supposed to be God’s feature. It doesn’t really make sense unless you think of it as a message from God directed toward Kanye. It’s not a bad verse I guess. I just don’t care about Kanye’s relationship with God. Nothing he says in the song (or on this album tbh) is interesting at all. “In a French-ass restaurant / Hurry up with my damn croissants.” The second verse is absolutely terrible. “I just talked to Jesus / He said, ‘What up, Yeezus?‘ / I said, ‘Shit I’m chillin’ / Tryna stack these millions.” This isn’t Kanye. Kanye shouldn’t have ever stooped down to this level. What the fuck is this? Seriously, Kanye knows he can do better than this shit. At the end of the song, Kanye just starts screaming his ass off like he’s absolutely terrified. The beat switches up too. That’s honestly the best part of the track. I love the creepy vibe that it gives off. If he kept going with that sound and made a song about how he’s scared of failure and doesn’t know what the fuck he’s doing, then I’d say that this song is fucking incredible. That’s what I’m taking away from this album. Kanye is a perfectionist, who just couldn’t keep making perfection anymore. He didn’t know what he was doing with this album. If he talked about that at the end of this song, then I would say that he’s a fucking genius. I mean, he IS a genius. He just didn’t show it on this song. I’m not feelin’ this shit. This is wack to me. 2/5

Track 4: New Slaves Feat. Frank Ocean (Prod. Kanye West, Ben Bronfman, Mike Dean, Travis Scott, Noah Goldstein, Sham Joseph & Che Pope)

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This beat is dope. Kanye’s goin’ in on the first verse now. This verse actually starts off pretty good. It really goes downhill once you realize that he’s just mad about not being able to do fashion. “Doin’ clothes you would have thought I had help, but they wasn’t satisfied unless I picked the cotton myself.” I don’t think he does a bad job talking about it, but I just don’t care. I really don’t give a fuck about the fashion industry. Ironically, he does an even better job of talking about racism on this track than he did on Black Skinhead. The hook is alright I guess. “You see it’s leaders, and it’s followers, but I’d rather be a dick than a swallower.” I don’t really feel any way about that line. It’s just fine. The second verse is about to start.

Just in case you haven’t heard the song already, I’m gonna let you know right now. This isn’t the best rap verse of all time. Shit, I don’t even know if I would list it as one of the top 10 Kanye West verses of all time. I do fuck with the song tho. I think the verse was dope. It’s not like the whole song is about the fashion industry. It’s clear that that’s what inspired the song tho. He uses racism as an excuse for him not being successful in the fashion world. I’m not saying that people in the fashion industry aren’t racist because it’s common knowledge that they are, but it may also have something to do with the fact that ain’t nobody in they right mind gonna be weain’ some fuckin’ leather joggin’ pants. I mean… Well… I might check them out just to see how they look… It doesn’t sound like a good idea tho. Anyway, I fuck with the song. I just don’t think it’s amazing. Nothing really stands out that much. The beat’s cool. Not amazing. The verses were cool. Not amazing. It’s just a good song. The outro with Frank Ocean was dope af tho. 4/5

Track 5: Hold My Liquor Feat. Chief Keef & Justin Vernon (Prod. Mike Dean, Kanye West, Arca & Noah Goldstein)

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Justin Vernon is the lead singer of Bon Iver. I didn’t really love his work on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, but I think he sounds really great on this intro. Chief Keef’s singing on the hook with a lot of autotune. I actually like it tho. I know. I think Chief Keef is a terrible artist, and it definitely would’ve been better if Ye just got Justin Vernon to do it or if he did it himself, but I don’t think Chief Keef sounds that bad on here. This beat is fucking incredible to me. Well, it is until the electric guitar from Mike Dean comes in. That really kinda ruined the track for me. I mean, I would’ve loved this song if it weren’t for that. I really don’t like electric guitars, and it doesn’t sound good to me on this track at all. Lyrically, this is one of the few tracks where Yeezy isn’t on a ridiculous ego trip. I mean, he was rapping about drugs and alcohol, but he wasn’t glorifying it. He was portraying the effects that it has on an addict. This song is really good to me. That electric guitar really ruined it for me tho. I’m not feelin’ that part at all. Everything else about this song is dope to me tho. I fuck with this. 4/5

Track 6: I’m In It Feat. Assassin & Justin Vernon (Prod. Kanye West, Evian Christ, Dom Solo, Noah Goldstein, Arca & Mike Dean)

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Kanye’s goin’ in now. This beat isn’t very good. I don’t think it’s that bad. It just doesn’t stand out very much. I think this is gonna be a song about sex. That’s not a good thing. “Careless whispers, eye fuckin’, bitin’ ass / Neck, ears, hair, legs, eating ass.” Oh hell no. First of all, “Bitin’ ass” doesn’t rhyme with “eatin’ ass.” Second of all… WHY THE FUCK IS HE EATIN’ ASS?? For real, I will never understand this whole ass eatin’ phenomenon. This verse is awful. “Eatin’ Asian pussy, all I need was sweet and sour sauce.” Oh my God, this is terrible. I’m not feelin’ this verse from Assassin at all. Oh my God this is fucking awful. “Put my fist in her like a civil rights sign.” Nah. That’s disrespectful. I can’t get behind this shit. This is fucking horrible. This is wack af. “I’m a raplic priest.” Are you fucking shitting me Kanye? You really said that shit and thought it was a good line? Fuck this song. This is fucking horrible. 0/5

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Track 7: Blood On The Leaves (Prod. Kanye West, TNGHT, Carlos Broady, 88 Keys, Arca & Mike Dean)

Blood On The Leaves

This is one of the more popular songs from the album. This Nina Simone sample is great. I think the production on this song is fantastic. Kanye is singing in autotune throughout this song. This kinda seems like something that could have appeared on 808s & Heartbreak. Not in terms of production, but lyrically. He’s rapping about some chick that he broke up with after their relationship was publicized. He also mentions taking molly with her. This song doesn’t interest me at all in terms of lyrics, but it sounds good. The part where he recites the “Fuck them other niggas ’cause I’m down with my niggas” hook is kinda random. He starts rapping for real on the last verse. The outro is easily the worst part of this song. Kanye is just moaning forever. It really feels like it never ends. It sounds awful too. There’s so much fucking autotune on his voice, and his voice just keeps getting higher and higher. He damn near ruined the track. It’s dope tho. Except the outro. The outro was terrible. I fuck with the song tho. It’s dope. 4/5

Track 8: Guilt Trip Feat. Kid Cudi (Prod. Kanye West, S1, Mike Dean, Travis Scott & Ackeejuice Rockers)

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Wow. This beat is actually really dope. I don’t remember this song… This beat is dope af. Kanye’s rapping about a relationship that didn’t work out. Every time he makes a song about a relationship he seems to use autotune. Whatever. I don’t mind it. The verse didn’t really stand out in any way. Thankfully there weren’t any super dumb lines that I heard. The hook is a sample from a Pusha T song called Blocka. I fuck with it. I think it could’ve been done better, but it’s not bad. This beat is fucking incredible. This Kid Cudi interlude is actually pretty dope too. It’s apparently a sample. Kanye didn’t actually work with Cudi on this song. Cudi’s vocals had been recorded two years prior to this song’s composition. That’s probably why it doesn’t suck. Kid Cudi had already fallen off by the time this song was made. I don’t remember ever hearing this song. I actually fuck with this tho. I don’t think it’s amazing, but I’m just happy to hear a dope new Kanye song. Well, it’s new to me at least… I fuck with this. That beat is fucking incredible. 4/5

Track 9: Send It Up Feat. King Louie (Prod. Kanye West, Daft Punk, Gesaffelstein, Brodinski, Arca & Mike Dean)

I kinda fuck with this beat. Kinda. The primary loop is pretty annoying, but once the percussion comes in it gets a little better. King Louie is a Drill rapper, and I’m not really into him that much… I think he has a great voice, but I just don’t think he’s a good rapper. His verse wasn’t very good. It wasn’t terrible tho. The hook’s alright. Kanye’s goin’ in. I’m really just not feelin’ this song. The beat’s annoying as fuck. Maybe if it was pitch shifted down a little bit I could fuck with it. Maybe. King Louie’s verse wasn’t very good. Kanye’s verse isn’t good either. Nothing that they’re saying is interesting at all. It’s boring. “When I go raw, I like to leave it in.” Kanye’s just not rapping well. This kinda just feels like a cheap dance record. It’s not for me. I don’t think it’s terrible. I just wouldn’t wanna hear this ever again. I wasn’t feelin’ that sample on the outro either. 2/5

Track 10: Bound 2 Feat. Charlie Wilson (Prod. Kanye West, Che Pope, Eric Danchick, Noah Goldstein, Mike Dean & No I.D.)

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I remember when this album came out and people said this was the best song because Kanye went back to his original style of flipping old Soul samples. That’s bullshit. I mean, I like his older style too, but just because he went back to the style doesn’t mean this is a good song. First of all, he didn’t even do a good job with this sample. Not in my opinion at least. I don’t even like the sample in the first place. I think whoever flipped it on Ransom’s song, Fallin’, did a much better job. I actually like the beat on that song. It’s just not really done well here tho. I don’t like this beat. It’s not good. I also don’t usually like love songs, so I guess it makes sense that I wouldn’t really be a fan of this one. I guess that shit I said about him using autotune on songs about relationships was wrong… The first verse just ended. I didn’t think it was that bad. I mean, I definitely don’t think it was good, but nothing about it really seemed to be especially bad. It was fine. Charlie Wilson sang his motherfuckin’ ass off on the hook. He did a great job. “I wanna fuck you hard on the sink / After that, give you somethin’ to drink.” I remember when I first heard that line. I was amazed at how basic the writing was, and I still am. That line is awful. I will admit this tho: when I first heard it, I had no idea that the “drink” he was talking about was his reproductive fluids. That’s just disgusting. The really bad part comes right after that tho… “Step back, can’t get spunk on the mink / I mean, damn, what would Jeromey-Romey-Romey-Rome think?” Why the hell… Why did that happen? Why did that reference last so damn long? I honestly don’t mind it that much. His obsession with that character is just a little weird. He references him again towards the end of the song “Jerome’s in the house / Watch your mouth.” Again, why did that happen? It’s completely random… It doesn’t affect my enjoyment of the song; it’s just kinda weird to me. He tries to rhyme “Christmas” with “Thanksgiving.” It doesn’t work. I don’t know. I don’t think this song is terrible. Charlie Wilson did a great job. I just don’t think it’s a good song. I don’t think I’d ever like to hear it again. I didn’t like the way the sample was flipped, and Kanye’s verses just weren’t very good. Charlie Wilson is really the only thing I liked about the song. I don’t think it’s that bad tho. It’s just not for me. The music video is fucking horrible. Easily the worst music video I’ve ever seen from Kanye. 3/5

Final Thoughts:

That wasn’t good. I don’t really think it’s bad… It’s just not good. I think my first impression was wrong tho. My main problem wasn’t even with the production. He just wasn’t rapping well at all on this fucking album. I mean, for fuck’s sake, the best line on the whole album that I can even remember was “They see a black man with a white woman / At the top floor they gone come to kill King Kong.” The only time a line stood out was when Kanye said something really stupid. He wasn’t spitting on this album. His verses sucked. You know what the funny thing is? “God” had one of the wackest verses on here. Hahaha. Sorry, God. You’re just not a good rapper. The production ranges from God awful to God-like. The beats on songs like Black Skinhead, Hold My Liquor & Guilt Trip really made this album more enjoyable. Shit like On Sight and Send It Up brought it right back down tho. It’s a frustrating album. Certain parts of it are great, but a lot of it is really bad too. This album peaked for me during the outro to I Am A God. The rest of that song is wack tho. New Slaves would’ve been great if he didn’t rap about his inconsequential frustrations with the fashion industry. Hold My Liquor would’ve been dope af if it weren’t for the slow electric guitar riffs that just drain the song of all it’s momentum. Blood On The Leaves would’ve been fantastic if he rapped about something interesting and he didn’t moan for a minute straight in autotune. I’m In It & On Sight are just awful. I don’t think those songs could have been saved. I don’t think the production is terrible. Daft Punk didn’t need to be here tho. They apparently helped with the Black Skinhead beat, and that’s cool I guess, but everything else that they did on here was absolutely cacophonous. I don’t think the experimentation is bad. I think that his inability to rap well is what really hurt this album. He just lost it lyrically. I don’t think he’s incapable of rapping well. He just stopped doing it on this album. It’s not good. I can’t even say that it’s bad tho because there are a lot of things that I like about this album. It just could have been so much better. It’s alright I guess. His dickriders will say it’s a good album. I don’t know. It’s definitely his worst album. If you don’t care about good writing in your music and only listen to it for the sound, then it’s possible that you might like this shit. Just be prepared for a very different sound. Also, Yeezus? Really? YEEZUS? Are you fucking shitting me? That’s such a fucking horrible and corny name for an album…

Favorite Song: Guilt Trip

Least Favorite Song: On Sight

Verdict:

54%

MEH

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