So, it's been 24 hours since I downloaded Yeezus. I listened to it thoroughly, and I gotta say... I like it. I don't love it, but I like it. In fact, this album pisses me off for 3 reasons, and only one has to do with the music.
What Kanye is great at is making music that evokes emotion, different ones at that. He can make happy songs, sad songs, angry songs, whatever. And they all flow coherently in the albums. 808s was his most somber album cuz of what he went through, but even then there were different levels of "sad". Love Lockdown doesn't have the same emotion as Robocop or Bad News or what have you.
This... ugh. This is the equivalent of a Meek Mill album if he popped an E pill and suddenly acquired a taste for Ace of Base. Just one emotion throughout the whole thing... and I don't even know what that emotion is. It all sounds like hofrobwuybrrrrrrrbgyuhqroipbnunhioqpoubg. And I blame that on the lyrical content. Most of his songs were about bitches and fashion, so there hardly is any other way to emote the same message for a whole album. And it's a shame, cuz the production is hard as fuck, too bad the lyrics didn't match the beats. I seen someone say Blood On The Leaves is about dead relationships... you can reach that far if you want to, but based on Rubin sayin Ye wrote and recorded half these lyrics within 2 hours, I highly doubt it. In fact, that seemed like one of the most rushed songs lyrically (the fuck is Swaghili, and what the fuck sauce does that have to do with the song?). And the lyrics by themselves aren't even that bad (aside from the aforementioned "swaghili"), they just don't match the production. Overall it's a decent album, but this isn't Ye.
Reason #2 this album pisses me off: Kanye himself. OK, so I'm trying to get a grasp on this whole Yeezus/I'm a god shtick. Now, a god is someone who is omnipresent and omnipotent, according to standard religious teachings, right? OK, so Kanye, you've finally done it, you have reached godhood through music, if that was possible. You now have all the secrets of the universe that can be conjured up with a single thought. The world, and the universe is yours at your disposal. And what is the first thing on your agenda? Address the Middle East crisis? Nope. Address world hunger? Nope. Attack corporate corruption and racism? OK, for two songs, but meh, whatever. But wait, isn't Yeezus a Christian deity rather than a pagan one? In the bible, Jesus was a man of humility and chastity. Kanye is a man that throws tantrums cuz Beyonce lost an award she wasn't even nominated for. Or maybe Yeezus represents the god that exists in all of us that we have the potential to tap into but because of the constraints of this matrix haven't yet, and Ye just happens to reach it. So, you've reached a consciousness only tapped into by the likes of Yeshua, Buddha, Mohammed and them... and what do you have to say? "Hand me my damn croissants"?! Really Ye? Whole point being, this whole god/Jesus thing has no real meaning to it, and this is just another publicity stunt by Kanye. This nigga will do anything for attention at this point. And quite frankly, I'm tired of the fuckery. This nigga dead ass compared himself to Steve Jobs. Steve Jobs my niggas. Jobs revolutionized computer technology for generations. You're just a mini Pete Rock that decided to foray into techno. Fuck outta here. Kanye at this point is like Dennis from It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia. Those of you not familiar with the show, Dennis goes on these rants about being a "golden god" and trying to relive his high school days, when in reality he's just as lame as his friends. That's Ye in a nutshell. All this shit about him being a genius (mostly said by him) is overblown, and I'm a huge Kanye fan. How you gonna call yourself a genius and the voice of your generation, when lyrically you're on par with Nicki Minaj and 2 Chainz. When Chief Keef has the top 5 performances on YOUR album (that hook is sick, fuck a hater), you and your production team need to have a sidebar. Speaking of production team, you got 3-4 niggas on average producing a song, and where in that does that make you a genius? Prince and Stevie Wonder's blind ass are self producing their albums and playing all their instruments. You being a glorified Puff Daddy does not make you a genius. It makes you a prima donna. You wanna be a genius, rap and produce your own album. By yourself. With no samples.
Reason #3 this album is gonna send me on a killing spree: the fans and the critics. Everything I just said about Kanye will be ignored, picked apart and attacked by these guys. And for the record, I'm not singling out anyone in here, I don't keep tabs on what niggas say like that, I just read the comments. I read a review on here, I think it was Spin. It took the strength of God to not throw my computer across the room. You know an album ain't shit when you gotta use words like "raison d'être" in your review to do it justice. And again, I don't hate the album. But these niggas is acting like they found the Holy Grail full of Jesus spunk and are willing to drink from it. The nigga admittedly recorded half an album in 2 hours... doesn't that piss you off to some degree? Not enough to say "fuck this album", but goddamn, have some dignity. You guys of all people should expect more from a nigga that made "Diamonds" and "Jesus Walks". And as for y'all critique on the music itself, I'ma say this... I already seen a few people on here shit on that Mac Miller album and in the same breath praise Ye's (BTW, the song in @TheBossman 's sig>>>>>anything on Yeezus). Nothing wrong with that, the whole point being y'all expect niggas to be "open minded" and cultured when listening to Kanye, but say shit like "Mac Miller gets no play in my ride". See how opinions work? I see artists on here get shitted on for the same shit Kanye is doing now. Fuck, Ye could've gotten away with Standardized Slaughter if he wanted to. Niggas would've said, "oh, he's pushing the boundaries of music by sampling the soundtrack to 7th Heaven... he's channeling the spirit of Screech from Saved By The Bell, he's such a genius". Fuck that, shit was mediocre at best. I'm not gonna call it wack, but I'm not gonna defend some shit when I know he can do better. And to anyone calling this a masterpiece, I hope y'all do the same to Pink Friday, Electric Circus, UMC, Rebirth, and every thing the Black Eyed Peas has done since Fergie joined, cuz it's the same. Exact. Fucking. Thing.
SMH @ niggas not realizing this is a Kid Cudi album with Daft Punk beats and more materialism. Cosign @monizzle14... this whole thing is hypocritical as fuck. Kanye is about attention, however he can get it, he will. The music is just for show, and has been that way since Graduation. He can talk about anti-establishment all he wants, but at the end of the day he works in the fashion industry and knocked up Kim Kardashian. And I'm not a Kanye hater, I liked 808s and think he has 4 classic albums. But niggas gotta see thru the trickery he's making more apparent everyday.