“You see it’s leaders, and it’s followers,” Kanye West tells us. “But I’d rather be a dick than a swallower.” And Yeezus, Mary and Yoseph, does he mean it. Yeezus is the darkest, most extreme music Kanye has ever cooked up, an extravagantly abrasive album full of grinding electro, pummeling minimalist hip-hop, drone-y wooz and industrial gear-grind. Every mad genius has to make a record like this at least once in his career – at its nastiest, his makes Kid A or In Utero or Trans all look like Bruno Mars.
Read our full ★★★★½ star review of Kanye West’s Yeezus.
Welp, looks like Yeezus is definitely going to resonate with critics, judging from the review from Rolling Stone. Whether it wins Album of the Year at the Grammys or the AMAs or whatever, is a whole other story. Seems that no matter how adventurous, cutting edge or popular Yeezy’s art is, he can never really get over that hump. But we’ll see.