I was going to write a mini review because my feelings have changed IMMENSELY from the first time I heard it. The first time I heard it, I heard it twice and immediately archived it. Simply because I didn’t want to give it time after I wasn’t initially drawn in. I was also pissed at Kanye during that time. That’s why I didn’t even review it lol.
Bottom line…I like it. I appreciate. If you want details…continue reading. If you don’t, my answer: I like it and I’m glad it’s a part of Kanye’s discography.
Now … with Yeezus, Kanye completely left behind his conventional story-telling skills and DJ Premier-inspired production evident on albums like Graduation, Late Orchestration and Late Registration. I think we noticed this gradual change as soon as he dropped 808s and Heartbreaks.
I like Yeezus because Kanye’s still telling stories but more in the form of “I want to get something off my chest” rather than “hey, listen to what happened last week”. Also, the production (which was hard for me to accept initially) complements that. I’m In It, Guilt Trip and Send It Up are good examples.
I think the most popular tracks, for example New Slaves, Bound 2, Black Skinhead are popular because they’re simply the best songs on the album (in my opinion)…not because they were just marketed well.
I think he just wanted to let out something he had suppressed for a while. If he had dropped 808 and Heartbreaks (I didn’t like that album) just before this, I wouldn’t have been so taken aback. I like Yeezus more than 808s. I would LOVE to see what he has in store next. Has he got this out his system or is this the direction in which he’ll continue going?
Yeezus isn’t just an album. It is an album by Kanye West and I think, looking at it in that context, my opinions have to be a bit more elaborate and well thought-out.
(Have you listened to Black Skinhead in a dark room? Man.)
sorry for the long response. That’s what happens sometimes when I’m asked music-related questions.