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Kanye West - Yeezus

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Imma let you finish, but those are some of the most damning reviews of all time!

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I was just talking to someone about this the other day -- it seems like while his music has been incredibly creative and innovative over the years, his lyrics have gotten worse and worse -- not just in terms of misogyny, but honestly just not as well-written.

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Did he leak the album early to make sure his daughter wouldn't upstage him?

Not even sure if I'm kidding.

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Imma let you finish, but those are some of the most damning reviews of all time!

Damning, sure, but I wouldn't really think of them as reviews.

I prioritize musical creativity and innovation above most other things, maybe even especially including lyrics (a lot of the artists I like most have lyrics that are rather inscrutable), but the lyrics here are problematic at best, blasphemous at worst. Still, I fully expect that it'll do well critically.

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Listening to the album this morning. I wish I could dismiss it, but I can't. I'm a longtime Kanye fan (since THE COLLEGE DROPOUT), and there are times that I want to just disown my love of his work based on his ego, the tabloid garbage, and the batshit things he says. This review from Vish Khanna at exclaim.ca which I posted on Facebook sums it up for me:

""There's leaders and there's followers," Ye states on the pulsing, simmer-to-boil rage of "New Slaves," and he's so the former — the most significant artistic force in music right now — which is vexing because he acts like such an asshole."

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Didn't think much of this album. The sampling never meshed with his own work as well as it could have and here the lyrics seem to not only be self-aware, but almost unabashedly arrogant and proud. His last album had a ting of regret and even a bit of humility at times, this one just seems to revel in all of West's dark, twisted fantasies without even undercutting them.

Granted, this is just my gut impressions.

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I haven't heard anything from it, but West instantly earned respect from me for sampling Gil Scott-Heron and KING CRIMSON on MBDTF. (I'm a nerd.) Never really cared for him on a non-production level, however, but I'm just not really a rap listener.

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