Hip-Hop

Yeezus Remains True to Kanye West's Most Important Trait: His Ego

Even from the first sound of the album, it is clear that Yeezus is a very different album from any of Kanye West's other works. There is no introduction; the album begins with "On Sight" which features heavy, wonky synthesizers and a pounding Chicago house beat provided by Daft Punk. The synths are very raw and unpolished, and Kanye is as brash as ever with lyrics like "Yeezy Season, fuck what y'all been hearing" and "Black dick all in your spouse again," or perhaps the most interesting line, "She get more niggas off than Cochrane."

It's clear that Yeezus still does not give a fuck, even with his first child on the way. On "Black Skinhead," West rides over a rock-tinged headbanger that's reminiscent of Marilyn Manson's "Beautiful People" or something out of the White Stripes catalog, declaring that he's about to get his "By any means on." He also makes social observations on racism, politics, and religion. Besides his ignoring the fact that the soldiers from 300 were from Greece not Rome, West delivers some of the most focused bars of his career.

It seems, here and elsewhere, that West wants to excel to a level that is more than just "Hip Hop Great"; this song is just plain different from any release from a mainstream hip-hop artist, ever.

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