Kanye West - Yeezus (Cover Artwork)

Kanye West

Kanye West: YeezusYeezus (2013)
Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam

Reviewer Rating: 1.5
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Since Kanye West's Yeezus made several best-of-2013 lists I thought I had might as well give it a try. The first track, "On Sight", begins with some scifi-like electronic noise before the synth and drum machine kick in. When Kanye starts rapping, the snotty "fuck you" attitude so common in pu.
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Since Kanye West's Yeezus made several best-of-2013 lists I thought I had might as well give it a try.

The first track, "On Sight", begins with some scifi-like electronic noise before the synth and drum machine kick in. When Kanye starts rapping, the snotty "fuck you" attitude so common in punk rock appears in his lyrics: ""Yeezy season approaching / Fuck whatever y'all been hearing / Fuck what, fuck whatever y'all been wearing / The monster about to come alive again"

This don't-give-a-fuckism is even continued in the bridge, albeit with an admittedly cheesy rhyme: "How much do I not give a fuck? / Let me show you right now before you give it up." Unfortunately, the verse veers into: "Get this bitch shaking like Parkinsons [...] Black dick in your spouse again / And I know she like chocolate men / She got more niggas off than Cochran, huh?"

I thought "Black Skinhead" might be punky, but sadly there were no Ois to be found there. To make a long story short, West basically "zones in" on some girls, but a noteworthy element does come in the form of a reference to the Iliad and possibly that cult film 300: "I keep it 300, like the Romans / 300 bitches, where's the Trojans?" So pleased was I to find this little nugget of Ancient history, I could almost forgive the error of mistaking Greeks for Romans.

Following that comes "New Slaves", one of the better tracks, which however doesn't escapee a classic reference or two to materialism and sex ("pussy ain't free" etc). In it Kanye offers a proposal to change the current social, political and economic situation by ejaculating on the wives of The Hamptins: "I'll fuck your Hampton spouse / Came on her Hampton blouse / And in her Hampton mouth". Then West digs into "Hold My Liquor", in which he crashes his expensive car into your cheap one, goes nuts to the point where his "bitches" can't handle him, and later wakes up with a hangover only to get scolded by said bitches' aunt.

I can't help thinking "I'm In It" is meant for teenagers to fantasize along to. Following an "aah, ahh" duet, it opens with the puzzling "Damn your lips very soft". After an ensuing verse about Blackberries and iPhones, we get to the juicy part: Kanye indulges in some "eye fucking", "biting ass", "eating ass", and titty-freeing. In a wise move, he purchases some condoms at 7-Eleven to protect himself with during intercourse, before engaging in the more hardcore stuff: facial ("Get you super wet after we turn the shower off"), fellatio ("black girl sippin' white wine"), fisting ("Put my fist in her like a civil rights sign"), etc. He even states: "Eatin' Asian pussy, all I need was sweet and sour sauce".

"Blood On The Leaves" features some Instagram talk, and more "bitches", as well as a sample from Nina Simone's 1965 rendition of the song "Strange Fruit". The next track, "Guilt Trip", includes ("hit her with Jamaican dick") and "rockin' Chewbacca". After that comes "Send It Up", in which yet another "bitch" calls him "Elvis" while two others "suck like they came to lose".

The final song of the release is "Bound 2", as in "bound to love". In it, Mr West informs a lady "I wanna fuck you hard on the sink and then follws that with a double-entendre portraying his desire to ejaculate in her mouth and buy her a drink in repayment: "After that, give you something to drink", all while keeping in mind a sense of fashion and correctness ("Step back, can't get spunk on the mink"). Given some of the lines ("a real nigga hold you down", "don't tell your mom shit", "no leaving this party", etc), "bound" in this case does take a somewhat rapey connotation.

Prominent words in the album's vocabulary include the words "bitch" (24 times), "fuck" (26x), "nigga" (35x), and a handful of car makes ranging from Mercedez Benz to Land Rover. In contrast to the lyrics, however, the production is sophisticated, with an average of 11 writers and 6 producers per track (and much auto-tune to boot). Some of the more DIY music fans might actually label it "over produced", and the songs, while not stellar, might embody a new dimension in the more stripped-down environment of one of Kanye's live performances.

All in all, this release was overrated, and so if you decide to give it a listen don't be surprised if it doesn't meet the expectations set by many critics.


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mouseteeth (June 8, 2014)

this record destroys every pop punk record put out in the last five years. suck it nerds.

televisioneyes (January 22, 2014)

surprised with the reviewer ratings on this, even though I agree. but my Facebook feed makes it seem like everybody loves this album. i don't get it really

uscbdaddy (January 20, 2014)

does he need the sweet and sour sauce because he is actually ingesting the puspus? maybe sweet and sour sauce goes well with cooked cat? perhaps he is offering valuable culinary advice that we are all overlooking.

RaganYouth (January 20, 2014)

Hey man, you just aren't smart enough to really "get" it. You need to really know hip-hop to understand what he means by eating asian pussy with sweet and sour sauce.

1776 (January 19, 2014)

There's a lot of really good hip-hop that doesn't lean on the same tired lyrical content. Not sure why someone below thinks acquainting yourself with it will somehow make this any better.

superskabro (January 19, 2014)

great review. I like the cheeky assessment of the terrible lyrics. I'm surprised that fans of Kanye West seem to ignore how trite, predictable and amateurish his lyrics are. Sure, the beats are often enjoyable but the lyrics are unlistenable. All-in-all, this is absolute garbage.

uscbdaddy (January 19, 2014)

Kanye looks like a chipmunk

misinterpreter (January 18, 2014)

If you don't like this album, fuck you, and go back to listening to Rancid. One of the most visionary and groundbreaking hip hop albums in hears. Eat shit.

Johnathon1069 (January 18, 2014)

The beats were more interesting when El-P was doing essentially the same thing 6-7 years ago and the entire concept was more interesting when Saul Williams and Trent Reznor teamed up 5-6 years ago,

hbwlons3 (January 17, 2014)

This album is completely disposable. Kanye is an idiot.

deputywinston (January 17, 2014)

Seriously, the kid counts how many times Kanye said 'bitch', 'fuck', and 'nigga'. The horror! Acquaint yourself with hip hop before you shit all over a hip hop album for its lyrics. Bush league.

ryanky (January 17, 2014)

Blackjaw....I remember there was a review about face to face's live album that a lot of people hated and thought was pointless.

But this album didn't live up to the hype. I thought marshall mathers 2 was better

oldwaffles (January 17, 2014)

Punknews never posts more than one review of an album anymore. My conclusion:


eatbicycles (January 17, 2014)

As far as pointless reviews, the two Armchair Martian reviews on here are from the same dude and they're both as aggravating as anything I've ever read.

Blackjaw_ (January 17, 2014)

This is the most pointless review on this site.

Or maybe not... can anyone find one that tops it?

gugl0003 (January 17, 2014)

"Following that comes "New Slaves", one of the better tracks"

Congratulations, you only like the single. fucking poser.

rubyx (January 17, 2014)

5/5 review

renaldo69 (January 17, 2014)

Sad that my Eminem review didn't even got accepted. :(

Piata (January 17, 2014)

Such a good review. I can't believe shit albums like this make best of lists anywhere.

DesertBurst92 (January 17, 2014)

Great review. Hate Kanye.

boboso (January 17, 2014)

Ditto what deputywinston said. Writing a lazy review just to be contrary is dumb. Yeezus is a flawed record, but the reviewer has willfully ignored why it was a part of the discussion in 2013.

deputywinston (January 17, 2014)

The point of reviews is for someone with at least a little bit of an education in the music that is being reviewed to give a critical analysis based upon said familiarity with the genre. This reads like some kid who never listens to hip hop talking shit just to talk shit. If you guys are publishing crap like this just to fulfill your two reviews a day quota, it's probably best just to give up the ghost.

thepasswordistaco (January 17, 2014)

Thank you for being so brave and taking the controversial and unique position of not liking Kanye West on a music internet site. You're the rosa parks of shit no one gives a fuck about.

Dante3000 (January 17, 2014)

This site really needed that second Yeezus review.

scarysmurf (January 17, 2014)

I didn't like Yeezus at all, but are you meaning to tell me this guy is trying to tell Kanye his writing is bad? You get it? It's because he wrote a fucking awful review.

schaumpton (January 17, 2014)

Great review.

noah (January 17, 2014)

thanks for the review, grandma

danperrone (January 17, 2014)

i literally have no idea what is going on in this review. congrats for...breaking down some kanye west lyrics, i guess?

i didn't think yeezus was very good. MBDTF was a better record. i miss the fun kanye though. you know...druuuuug dealin' just to get byyyyy. is he ever going to pen another track like "family business"? probably not.

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