Yeezus has leaked. Somewhere Yeezy weeps. As you download a CD quality version from your preferred hosting service, here’s a first take impression of the album to hold you over. Talk shit and add half baked and/or hateful criticisms of the album below.
1. On Site (produced by Daft Punk) - High energy + braggadocios, sex fueled rhymes = classic Kanye but with the inclusion of Daft Punk’s supersonic-electronic production we’re blessed with something phenomenal. I don’t even want to move on to the next song right now, I’m so amped.
2. Black Skinhead (prod. by Daft Punk) - The next track produced by DP is the complete opposite of the prior. This is more rock inspired with heavy drums. Kanye expresses his inner demons, the perceived backlash from what he believes is an unwillingness to accept his interracial dating ways. He goes on further to question those that are in so called “competition” with him, challenging their representation of the culture.
3. I Am God feat. God (prod. by Daft Punk) - This is sure to receive the most criticism. The title alone is enough to ruffle robes in the Vatican never mind the inclusion of what is supposed to be the voice of God but sounds a lot like Bounty Killer to me. Though I should admit that if you play a dancehall artist and ask me to name them, I’m going to guess Bounty Killer 95% of the time. “I know he the most high but I am a close high” sums up the song and it’s intent the best. Kanye is expressing his impact on music, culture, and the world and the message, if we can subtract the literal interpretation of the term God, holds weight.
4. New Slaves feat. Frank Ocean
- It’s not secret that for years rap artists were jerked in their contracts. Publishing wasn’t theirs and in turn profits, if any, were low. In ‘New Slaves’ Kanye reiterates this fact while exposing the culture’s obsession with material items that seemingly weigh him and others down. NS is comparable to ‘Jesus Walks
‘ in the sense that it’s a cry for unity, understanding, and a realistic view of the world we live in.
5. Hold My Liquor feat. Chief Keef & Justin Vernon - Based on the title and features, this is the song with the least amount of anticipation, for me at least. Kanye gets personal in what appears to be an open letter to his former fiancee Alexis Phifer. He speaks about having a hold over her if he so wanted and that the “love hangover” that he formally experienced with her is finally over. The Chief Keef fans that were expecting him to trade cocky proclamations with Ye will be severely disappointed however.
6. I’m In It feat. Travis Scott - Well, hello sex, I don’t believe I’ve heard you mentioned or eluded to on the album yet. I suppose that in a genre that consistently speaks about sexual conquests and the exploitation of women, having a track that fits this mold shouldn’t be a surprise to me, but after 5 songs in that all contained unique, standout elements, this is easily the most lackluster to date. Next!
7. Blood On The Leaves
- Oh, hi auto-tune, I’ve really missed you! I’m :55 seconds in and I really don’t want to give this a chance. Auto-tune singing in 2013 turns me off to the point that I could stop an album in its tracks and walk away right there but based on the title I’ll give this some extended play. Ok, so I’m at the 3 minute mark and I’ve heard a molly reference, and him talking about “riding” with those that he came up with, at least Drake put it differently with “No New Friends
“. I think I’m done with this song, wait there’s another 3 minutes to it? Yeah, I’m definitely done.
8. Guilt Trip feat. Kid Cudi (prod. by S-1)
- If ‘I’m In It
‘ is the most replaceable song on the album, then this is easily second. I’ll probably look for the instrumental and replace the song in my iTunes with that, which is more of a salute to Symbolic One
rather than a knock on Kanye.
9. Send It Up feat. King L - This beat is wild and definitely will be the quintessential club track. Outside of the beat though there really isn’t much to it and I’m once again more interested in the production than in Mr. West. The outro to my favorite part and I kind of want to hear that as a whole song.
10. Bound 2 feat. Charlie Wilson - I’ve been waiting to hear this since the ‘New Slaves‘ video played a sample of it at the end. I’m not sure who produced it, but Kanye has always had a great understanding of how to make a vocal sample work. This track is perfect. Kanye is honest in expressing his flaws and the bad reputation that comes with them. At the same time, he maintains a playful approach in his admittance of. It’s classic Ye and aside from when he’s tackling taboo issues, this is when he’s at his best.
Besides it being short at a total of 10 songs, which I’m hoping is because the rumored late additions
will be on an iTunes only version, the album is not without flaws. Still, the strength of the songs 1-5 and track 10 are enough to carry the album into rotation. I’d rather not rate it in its entirety as I like most are wishing for more but it is an album, at this time, worth purchasing. He’ll be criticized, he’ll be praised, and I can sum it all up by saying this is the most Kanye album in years