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Yeezus

Kanye West

2013

Yeezus

Album Summary

Yeezus is the sixth studio album by American rapper and producer Kanye West. It was released on June 18, 2013, through Def Jam Recordings and Roc-A-Fella Records. West gathered a number of artists and close collaborators for the production, including Mike Dean, Daft Punk, Noah Goldstein, Arca, Hudson Mohawke, and Travis Scott. The album also features guest vocals from Justin Vernon, Chief Keef, Kid Cudi, Assassin, King L, Charlie Wilson, and Frank Ocean. Fifteen days before its release date, West enlisted the help of producer Rick Rubin to strip down the sound of Yeezus in favor of a more minimalist approach. The album has been characterized as West's most experimental and sonically abrasive work. It draws from an array of genres, including industrial, acid house, electro, punk, and Chicago drill. West's unconventional use of samples is also contained, as on "Blood on the Leaves", which contains a sample from Nina Simone's 1965 rendition of "Strange Fruit". No album artwork is featured on the release of the former, and the physical CD edition was released in a clear jewel box with only a strip of red tape and sample credits. Initial promotion included worldwide video projections of the music and live television performances. West released two singles from the album; "Black Skinhead" in July 2013 and "Bound 2" the following month. The release of Yeezus coincided with that of rapper J. Cole's album Born Sinner, which was moved back a week to coincide with Yeezus' release, leading to speculation about which release would sell more copies. Yeezus received widespread acclaim from critics, many of whom named it among West's best work and commended its brash direction, though public response was divided. The album was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 2014 Grammy Awards. The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, selling 327,000 copies in the first week of release, while also topping the charts in Australia, Canada, Denmark, New Zealand, Russia and the United Kingdom. It has since been certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and was named by several publications as one of the best albums of the 2010s, including Rolling Stone, who later included it at 269 on its 2020 list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

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3

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3467

Genres

  • Hip Hop
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That was like a checklist for all the things I hate in music. Mainly the massive ego and all the talk about pussy and what he's gonna do to women. Shit music and about as catchy as a Sunderland beach ball. Didn't think there was a stand out track so it's not even a filler album. Just utter rubbish. I feel harsh on college dropout now because this is shitter and I gave that a 1.

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Cannot stand this clown. Total and utter knob who cannot handle fame or fortune very well. Bit shit at rapping too. He’s not exactly vanilla Ice

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The only good thing I can say about this album is that I found the sampling of Bound 2 to be groovy. Everything else was really bad. Like, the 'I feel gross and should shower now' kinda bad. I regret listening to this.

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5

Loved how Kanye flipped the sound from twisted completely and went with an almost industrial, digital feel for this album. It’s the hip hop version of what Nirvana did between Nevermind and In Utero. At points the beats are extremely minimal and also jarring - he has no fear in just switching it up mid track and throwing out jump cuts left right and centre. Daft Punk produced the first three tracks and what a difference to the DP sound on RAM that year. Lyrically this album is self aware but also you can see where “this” Kanye is heading. It’s cold and challenging in many parts too and you have to respect the sheer balls this guy has. “As soon as they like you, make em unlike you”

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Great production values for an artist who is a extreme narcissist and who lacks talent. This album is boring.

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Nah, fuck off mate.

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I'm not listening to this narcissistic waste human flesh, no matter how "influential" his music is. Kanye West in an influencer to the decline of civilized society and nothing more.

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5

This is a hard hitting album. It is super industrial, alternative, and even punk rap. This was different for Kanye. Every album he has made has a new feel. This one is a big example. The songs on this album that stand out are on sight, black skinhead, new slaves, blood on the leaves, and bound 2. One of his best to date.

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5

I loved this so much more than I thought I would. Shit, man Kanyes reputation is both very deserved in regards to numbers, but he does get more hate than he deserves, this album is so creative, and still just a great listen. The autotuned bits reminds me of Travis Scott and makes me wanna barf, but it's not too bad. My most unexpected 5

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After the maximalism of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kanye West released the minimalist Yeezus. The album opens with a jarring synth which sets the stage for the aggressive confrontational lyrics. This may not be my favorite Kanye album, but it’s definitely the last great album he released

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Scientists are still working on determining the precise point Yeezy went from a genius disguised as an idiot to an idiot disguised as a genius, but Yeezus could very well be Kanye West at his most audacious—well, at least when it comes to his music and not being a general shithead. Between the aggressive electronic "oh shit, Death Grips is pretty good" sound and the conviction with which he delivers his rhymes (going all in whether it's frustration over bigotry or borderline moronic wordplay), it's hard not to be a captive audience to this record. He goes out swinging on more than one occasion (I'm In It is basically all of the album's lesser qualities congealed into a single track), but the rest is a reminder of how someone like Kanye could end up in his fucked-up position in the first place. Key Tracks: Hold My Liquor, Blood on the Leaves, Send It Up

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As Ye's most controversial album of all time, I think that it’s pretty cool. The first thing that I want to talk about is the production since it's such a mixed bag for me. On one hand, I do like the weird production on tracks like "New Slaves" and "On Sight". However, I hate th fact that on some tracks he just put these samples that are just so pointless. It was cool seeing Travis Scott working with Ye, I'll give the album that. This cover is up there with Ye's best ones. It looks like one of those kind of covers that people upload when the official album isn't even on streaming services. It's sad that this album didn't get an official vinyl release since it would be cool to see if they'd change the cover for it, but you should sadly just dream. I've heard some people complain about the lyrics on this track, mostly on "Black Skinhead" and "I'm In It", but I don't really see the problems with them. Sure, it’s annoying hearing him whine about not being accepted in the clothing industry and the Asian pussy line can give you a sour taste after (I'm so fucking funny), but I don't really think that Ye was trying to make the most lyrical album that he has ever made. Also, this definitely does not feel like an album. I'm not saying that 10 tracks is bad, since that is how many tracks I think an album should have. The thing is that My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy had this huge feeling about it, it literally felt like the album was made over an entire decade. So it feels like this was a mixtape just to have people not wait fucking 6 years for The Life Of Pablo, but I'm not complaining. Favourite track would have to be "Blood On The Leaves". The production is amazing, with the huge horns just blazing through the track. Ye just sounds hungry as a motherfucker, especially on the second verse. Least favourite track would have to be "Bound 2". It's not that it's sonically bad, I just don't think that the track fits the album. The entire album has very obnoxious production which can be good or bad, and this feels like a scrap over from an old Ye album. So, I really think that this album is the most underrated by Ye. 9/10

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I love how abrasive and aggressive it is, it almost sounds retro futuristic from an alternate universe. But man, bound 2 is just so bad that it spoils my enjoyment from the end of the album. Oh well.

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I don't know Kanye West or Ye, or whatever his name is now, personally, but I've always thought he was a complete bell-end. But I put that aside in order to listen to this album. I actually really enjoyed the first 4 tracks I thought they were really interesting musically. And then it started to get a bit annoying. I still think he's a bell-end.

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I couldn't listen properly listen to most of the songs. I just don't see the appeal. The only ones I could listen to were Blood On The Leaves and Bound 2, with the latter being the only one I really enjoyed. 1/5 stars.

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This is garbage. Someone needs to tell Kanye 'no'.

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That was garbage. The music itself was mediocre, the rhymes and techniques were only occasionally engaging (I mean seriously, ending multiple back-to-back verses with the same word is like kindergarten-level prose) and the content of the lyrics was completely pointless. I honestly thought the album was meant to be self-satirizing, like some sort of commentary on how ludacris celebrity life has become, but alas I was just grasping for ways to give the album more credit than it really merits.

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What's the appeal? The music is abrasive and just terrible, the rapping is... mediocre at best when it's not shitty. The lyrics??? Holy hell.... unimaginative, utterly stupid and sophomoric and distasteful. I mean, other than that I loved it. WTactualF Again: what is the appeal? Anywhere. This should have been a perfect album for me since I'd never heard Kayne before, I was legitimately excited. For exactly one minute. Now I know. I never need to hear this again. Ever. E.V.E.R. One of the most painful and disgraceful albums I've ever listened to front to back if not *the* worst. 0/10 not worthy of anything close to a star.

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this was actually terrible. i like some of kanye’s music, but this album literally had no redeeming qualities. it was literally just sending the same boring message but in somewhat different forms? it was just bad and literally anyone could do this, not impressive in any way.

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5

Say what you will about the man, Kanye produces great art. Interesting and captivating throughout. A great album to workout or to motivationally pump up to. One of the best albums I've listened to from this site.

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5

So incredibly ahead of its time it's insane. I understand why people dislike this album, and there are certainly low points for me: I do not like I'm In It, regardless of the fact that all the reasons I dislike it are why it was made in the first place, and c'mon, "I keep it 300, like the Romans" ??, but there aren't many albums that give the listener the experience that Yeezus does. The beats and samples are iconic (love me some Waluigi Pinball-type beat on Guilt Trip), and production is of course fantastic. Does listening to this narcissistic trip in 2022 make me more uncomfortable than I would've been listening in 2013, given recent happenings with Kanye? Maybe. Does it change how I feel about this album? 5. Already Saved: Black Skinhead; Blood On The Leaves; Guilt Trip; Bound 2 Saved After Listening: New Slaves, Hold My Liquor*

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ja waar begin ik haha... laat me zeggen dat dit één van mijn all time favorite albums off all time is (daarom dat het in verpakking op mijn kast staat). Het is de afgelopen 2 jaar ook wel mijn favoriet Kanye album geworden, heel lang mijn minst beluisterde. Kanye was hier ook in zijn meest creatieve periode (tot nu toe). Hij kwam net van mbdtf en de watch the throne en de tour. Hij begon met zijn eerste stappen in de fashion industrie (waar toen veel vragen bij waren maar waar we nu van weten dat hij het gewoon helemaal veranderd heeft en ook daar één van de grote namen is geworden). You aint got the answers sway! Maar nu Yeezus: een album met zoveel betekenissen zowel in de lyrics als het geheel en daartussen. Zo sexueel getint is wat me het eerste opviel, dit is vooral omdat het een uitvergroting is van Kanye als persoon (yeezus) Laat me gewoon nummer per nummer bespreken en genieten. Wil je echt weten hoe next level deze plaat is: dissect podcast! ON SIGHT: YEEZY SEASON APPROACHING. oorspronkelijk niet als eerste nummer op het album maar wordt nu gezien als één van de beste album openers ooit (zie frodo zijn twitter). Ye zet dit als eerste op het album omdat hij wou choqueren, hij wou ook geen radioplay en wel dit ga je daar niet horen. (productie met daft punk) favoriete lyric: het koor natuurlijk met Oh, he'll give us what we need, It may not be what we want. want zo voelde vele zich na het eerste keer te luisteren naar Yeezus. BLACK SKINHEAD: aanrader de live snl versie. Ultieme workout track. De energie en rage die ik hiervan krijg kunnen enkel wat denzel curry nummers benaderen. favoriete lyric: aaaaaaah I AM A GOD: kanye is een god. Justin Vernon is een engel en de combo is hemel (later meer hierover) . featuring god himself. favoriete lyric: In a French-ass restaurant Hurry up with my damn croissants; is gewoon iconisch NEW SLAVES: Dit nummer hoho één van de beste van de afgelopen 20 jaar. Kanye laat zien dat er nog steeds racisme is in USA en dit niet enkel tegen de iets minder bedeelde. Also hier praat hij al over hoe dat de gevangenissen in USA gewoon een grote business zijn, later gaat hij en Kim er ook echt voor vechten om mensen die fout in de gevangenis zitten eruit te halen, walk the talk bro. En na deze geweldige politieke lyrics, krijgen we een stukje muziek dat zo mooi is dat ik er altijd kippenvel van krijg en soms (vaak) een traan bij laat. NEW SLAVES OUTRO: Strooi mijn assen uit op deze muziek! Dit is zo mooi, geweldig sample van een geweldig hongaars rock nummer, een prachtige frank ocean stem en kanye die zegt dat je het gewoon zelf moet doen cause i can't lose and i can't leave it to you! Als ik ooit gehoordschade krijg dan is het door deze 1 minuut 26 van next level muziek. HOLD MY LIQOUR: ooooh hier is de hemel weer, Deze plaat maakt me droevig en hype tegelijkertijd. Deze luister ik het liefst om 3 uur snachts na wat teveel gedronken te hebben en me wat alleen te voelen. chief keef gaat zo hard op deze! favoriete lyrics: "Baby girl, he's a loner, baby girl, he's a loner" Late-night organ donor, after that, he disown ya After that he's just hopeless, soul mates become soulless "When it's over it's over," and, bitch, I'm back out my coma. IM IN IT: yo this is nasty, kan ik niet spelen op luidspreker. naast de sexuele handelingen die kanye hier zeer duidelijk beschrijft, krijgen we weer een heerlijk Justin vernon stemmetje en een nummer gevuld met politieke boodschappen. favoriete lyric: Time to take it too far now Uh, Michael Douglas out the car now; kanye loves movies BLOOD ON THE LEAVES: Wat is die drop hoho?? Aretha Franklin I love you. Deze maakt me weer droevig en hype tegelijkertijd. favoriete lyrics: Now you sittin' courtside, wifey on the other side Gotta keep 'em separated, I call that apartheid en ook wel het begin: I just need to clear my mind now It's been racin' since the summertime GUILT TRIP: Weetje: kid cudi en kanye hadden niet echt een goede relatie op dit moment en kid cudi wist niet eens dat hij op het album stond tot hij het hoorde. maar toch goed dat kanye hem stiekem op het album gezet heeft, favoriete lyric daarom ook: If you love me so much then why'd you let me go? (minst favoriete nummer van het album) SEND IT UP: oooh deze maakt me weer hype en droevig op het einde damn. yeezus you are tearing me apart She say "Can you get my friends in the club?" I say "Can you get my Benz in the club?" If not, treat your friends like my Benz Park they ass outside 'til the evenin' end -toxic level 9000 De outro heb ik minstens 1 keer per dag in mijn hoofd. BOUND 2: Jerome is in the house watch your mouth Prachtige videoclip nocap, Charly Wilson is hier efkes de koning. deze is zo geniaal, het heeft weer van die vieze lyrics maar ook weer van die mooie en romantische? En oh de muziek op zich is zo mooi. Kanye begon na dit album ook gewoon zijn gezin te stichten want hij en YEEZUS vinden de vrouw van hun leven...maar Jerome is back in the house (Jerome wordt gezien als nasty vrouwenzot Kanye) favoriete lyrics: What you doin' in the club on a Thursday? She say she only here for her girl birthday They ordered champagne but still look thirsty Rock Forever 21 but just turned thirty Start a Fight Club, Brad reputation One good chick is worth a thousand chickens - kanye live (weer een aanrader) en natuurlijk Charlie Wilson zijn bridge die next level is. Deze had ik zo graag live gezien, zeer goede tour show waarvan de rants ook zeer interessant zijn om live te bekijken (zeker opzoeken) Ik heb hier vooral mijn eigen mening gegeven maar er zit nog veel meer achter dit album youtube staat er vol van dus ik raad aan om er meer over op te zoeken! Danku Kanye voor dit album!

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6 Yoooo!!!! De productie van elk nummer is gewoon iconisch man! ik moet toegeven dit album stijgt echt in waarde elke keer ik het afspeel, wordt beter en beter. Ik verwacht nog veel kanye in deze lijst maar dit is al een zeer goede start hoho genieten! Ook even shout out naar kid cudi op guilt trip! kijk ook uit naar Dries zen disection

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I Dont really like rap, but this is a great surprise

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Amazing album. The first time I ever listened I was very mixed, especially jarred after the intro On Sight, and gave it like a 5/10. But now everything has clicked and I love this like his earlier work. Bound 2 is top 3 Ye songs

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5

Kaynye at the peak of his powers. A force of nature.

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I wasn't ready for how much I'd like this, so creative. Favorite track is Black Skinhead

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Irgendwie genial, wie zurückgenommen aber brutal die Mittel des Album verwendet werden, spartanisch und doch scharf gewetzt bestückt und cranky/noisy wie bei The Knife’s „Shaking the Habitual“ und in den krassen Breaks, die eigentlich wie mal eben reingeklebt wirken, ein klein wenig melancholischer Trost verströmt wird...hat für mich etwas, was die Zeit überdauert und sogar mit der wachsenden Scheisse um uns herum immer klarer die damit anbrechende Zeit vertont...irre, wenn etwas so voraus ist, dass alles, was kommt, erst sich diesem Werk, das den Spirit vorweg zu nehmen scheint, anpasst. Das Teil funktioniert zudem in sich und seiner eigenen Zeit zum Möbius verdreht wunderbar auf repeat. Visionary 4.7

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Ye is god

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Five stars despite Kanye's sometimes shoddy vocals and fucking autotune. The beats are different gear.

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unbelievable. fucking amazing.

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Don’t tell Taylor

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Another modern classic from Yeezy; the kind of thing that makes you say "what was he thinking?" on the first listen, but gets more compelling every time you come back to it. It's raw, arrogant, and unfiltered in the inimitable Kanye style. How many other artists could assert "I Am a God" without sounding the least bit corny? His incredible success is tempered only by his own self-destructive tendencies - on "Hold My Liquor" (possibly my favorite on the album, although "Send It Up" is a strong contender), Kanye reenacts a superstar's bender, the sort of horrific "the rules don't apply to me" story that make up a superstar's day-to-day. (And what good is being a superstar if you don't have some Mike Dean synths to back you up?)

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5

It's a brilliant album Sure Kanye is a fucking nut case and the blatant misogyny is all over this album but I have to give him his due it a masterclass in breaking Hip-hop norm

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I mean I listened to this on repeat in college, one of my ALL time faves and great to revisit

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On Sight - 10/10 Black Skinhead - 9/10 I Am A God - 9/10 New Slaves - 10/10 Hold My Liquor - 10/10 I'm In It - 8/10 Blood On The Leaves - 10/10 Guilt Trip - 8/10 Send It Up - 7/10 Bound 2 - 10/10 Final - 9/10

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I LOVE this album. A lot. Too much. Like, it isn't perfect and a few songs are just fine (e.g. Hold My Liquor and Guilt Trip) but when it hits it really hits. Some of my all-time favorite ye tracks come off of this album (New Slaves, Bound 2, Black Skinhead, Blood on the Leaves, in that order) and the whole things is just a vibe. I'm In It and On Sight are pretty good, too. It just encapsulates ye's attitude and lo-fi era perfectly (I Am a God) and the lyrics are consistently hilarious and iconic. It's just. Great.

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5

Great Ye album, as much as I dislike the dude

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This is probably my favorite Kanye album. On sight and black skinhead are all time bangers and bound 2 is also hella good

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5

Ah yes. Death grips-lite. I fuck with the album the long way. Easily my favorite Kanye.

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5

A mastapiece

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5

One of Kanye's finest works, and definitely one of the most formative albums of the decade.

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5

Obviously a 5 stars

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Very Dope, unhinged follow up to MBDTF, probably closer to a 4.5 than a 5 though.

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Highlights: Black Skinhead I Am A God Hold My Liquor I'm In It Blood On The Leaves Bound 2 Artwork: 1 / 10 Rating: 9 / 10

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one of my favorite albums of all time. great lyrics, but genuinely perfect production. i dont think we’ll ever see an album like this again, hold my liquor and bound 2 are top 5 and blood on the leaves is top 1. to get the most out of it, play it over headphones and turn it up until the bass plays through your whole body. this listen i great to appreciate i’m in it a lot more, assassin is so good on his feature, i’m shocked i havent listened to anything of his before. this album is quite divisive, and for good reason, but to me it’s a true masterpiece. my favorite album we’ve heard so far, will likely be in my top 5 for the entire list.

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Saved Prior: Black Skinhead, New Slaves, Blood On The Leaves, Bound 2 Off Rip: On Sight, Hold My Liquor, Guilt Trip, Send It Up Cutting Edge: None Overall Notes: This album is very good. I saved 8/10, but tbh these songs are so abrasive that I can't really give it a 5. I understand that that's the point but that doesn't mean I have to like it. 4.5 rounded down.

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Ik vond het zeker een leuke listen. Ik kan er zelf niet zo goed een genre opplakken. Guess dat kanye zen eigen genre zo wat heeft. Wel vond ik het heel innovatief met op momenten toch wel gewaagd. Ik ben nog niet helemaal verkocht maar het heeft me wel meer zin gegeven in Kanye. Ik ga dit, en de andere albums, zeker nog eens luisteren. But so far a 4, might grow on me tho

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4

a bit experimental even by kanye's standards, but still really enjoy a lot of the songs. blood on the leaves will eternally be a banger

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4

More amazing production and hilarious rhymes. Very few low points.

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4

Not my genre but worth a try

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Bedrohlich, elegant, enigmatisch und stumpf in die Fresse. Musik für moderne Droogs jeder Farbe. Schwanke zwischen Angst, Ekel, Bewunderung und Extase.

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Переслушать. Очень задротский по саунду альбом

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4

When Kanye is on, he is fantastic. Bold, brash, inventive, always fascinating. Though as an old white man, i won't be singing along with many of these lyrics, it really is awesome.

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4

He's a great musician. A bit controversial. But no denying the talent.

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4

This kind of passed me by at the time and his subsequent twattishness has definitely stopped me listening to early work but glad this came up. Can see the immense talent he has / had.

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I might be the one of the last people to be unfamiliar with Kanye West's music. This album surprised me. I was not epecting the depth and poignance of the lyrics. He is really talented in his use of language and rhymes. The music definitely is in service to Kanye's words and that's OK. The music did not grab me on first listen. The production is spare and unconventional to me but I think with more listens would come greater appreciation. 4 stars

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4

Really enjoyed it this time around. I feel like every time I listen to it it gets better.

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3.75/5. Honestly, I expected more. This album was definitely more experimental than I thought it would have been. The sounds are definitely different and cool.

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4

honestly a great album the songs for themselves are great creative and have a strong message, musically it doesnt get boring

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I just talked to Jesus He said, "What up, Yeezus?" I said, "Shit—I'm chillin' Tryna stack these millions" Album je jeben. Bolji je sada nego što mi je prije bio. Ovo je najagresivnije što će se čuti od gospodina. Iz pjesme u pjesmu sve bolje i bolje i onda dođe Blood on the Leaves, savršenstvo od pjesme. Sve u svemu obavezno štivo za svakog fana Kanjeta.

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4

As a guy who doesn't particularly like rap, I enjoyed this album. I probably won't revisit it but I'll speak highly of it if it comes up in conversation.

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4

1-4 seem to be a coherent story. Fun production - Glitchy full of impact Track 3-4 Are most fun

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4

Genre bending. Enjoyable beats.

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4

An instant classic, remember the day this came out. Was never a big fan of TLOP so this one is where my love affair with Kanye ended. If only he stuck with the power and political critique over the bible thumping.

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4

03/09/2022 This man is so annoying thanks to his public persona and association with Kim. So rich and still so angry. Can't lie though... the beats and lyrics are on fire.

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4

Interesting. Not one for when Sir Dennis or the vicar comes over

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3.5 but ill round up for jack

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classix

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kanslay

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He’s had better. 4.0/5

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4

As much as I hate Kanye's ego, the first two tracks have me interested. BLKKK SKKKN HEAD has a great, light swing with very grounding textures. New Slaves has a big juicy hook. Bound 2s music video is stupid, but the song is alright. pretty solid record on the whole. a lot of musical texture to give it body.

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4

Whatever this guy does is different and innovative. The music was cool, though not his best, but his rapping and passionate delivery might be his best ever.

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4

What an adventure. You get both Kanye addressing the exploitation of black people by the entertainment industry and also Kanye just saying he’s god or talking about drug trips and sometimes they’re the same song.

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4

Brilliant

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4

This is kind of a weird one but I respect it. Definitely one of this generation's most important provacateurs.

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4

Kanye West seems like an extremely annoying person, but I have to say, I think I like his music

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3

Music was fine even if Kanye did his best to get in the way.

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3

Better than I thought it would be

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Yeezus is on the list? Why is Yeezus on the list? I guarantee most listeners on this site will not give this album a generous rating. Honestly I don't blame them; Yeezus is far from West's strongest album and marks his exploration into more experimental hip hop. It is also, in my opinion, his most confident album. It is oozing with machismo and loud production. West wants to make sure you really hear him. Well, I heard it. And it's pretty damn good. Not great, but pretty good. It loses a bit of steam after New Slaves and takes a while to pick back up, but the product as a whole is undoubtedly a complete product. Here's the kicker about this release: every West album from here on out would be a mess upon rollout. The Life of Pablo would see post-release changes to the tracklist, Ye was lead by two controversial singles that are not on the album, Jesus Is King kept getting pushed back surrounding listening parties and a film, and, lastly, Donda is the most recent of West's bizarre releases with more pushbacks and listening parties. Here's the truth: at the time of Yeezus, Kanye West was THE hip hop artist. With a unique creative vision and total freedom in how he approaches his work, the music industry had little-to-no control over him after this album. This is a benchmark in West's career in more than one way, and I have no doubt that his mental health had some part to play. But, all in all, West is unmatched in the current landscape of hip hop: this album could be considered proof of that. I'm tired, you're tired, Jesus wept.

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2nd listen stn. Getting better

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The decline of Kanye is so apparent here. Some of the good stuff is great, but man, there’s some garbage on here.

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I don't get it. I just...I don't get it. I liked the Steve Miller sample on "Guilt Trip", some of the lyrics were clever, but mostly, I just don't get it. I'm glad I listened to it, but I'm not really sure I'll ever go back to it.

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Esperava mais...

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Some trash

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Hip-hop. Ni fu ni fa.

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Test

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Ne znam jesam ikad poslušao više polarizirajući album. Iz takvog jebenog savršenstva zna preć u čisto smeće honestly. Svakako, uvijek više gledam na ovo bolje, sou.

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The production on this LP is pristine - massive walls of synths cascading into quieter passages with some hard-turn samples thrown in for good measure. The bars usually rise to meet the occasion, but there are some lyrics that stick out like a sore thumb with their datedness or slightly cringe viewpoints.

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A somewhat awkward and amateurish work despite the impeccable fusion of electronics and vocals, the impeccable collages, the impeccable production. (5/10) FT: Blood On The Leaves

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Whilst admirable for a mainstream artist to reinvent their sound so dramatically from album to album, Yeezus mostly fails to land and is a somewhat drab affair which becomes a bit of a chore to listen to. There are undoubtedly moments of inspiration - I’m In It segueing into Blood on the Leaves is a thrilling sound and Black Skinhead a thumping statement - but lyrically, Ye isn’t the greatest rapper and his content focusses too much on debasing women and name checking fashion labels to engage the listener. There are better Kanye albums.

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Synthy warped melodies with driving bass and drum Oh and crazy raps all over the top. Actually pretty interesting

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Bom.

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I'm super conflicted by this album, and I'm not the only one. In Pitchfork's 2013 Readers Poll, Yeezus was named both the Most Underrated and Most Overrated album of the year. The solo follow-up to MBDTF, Kanye's magnum opus, doesn't quite measure up. There's the usual helping of inane lyrics (Does Kanye know that 300 didn't feature any Romans?), the overuse of autotune, and the braggadocio, which he does better than anyone else (just ask him). But there's also the delightful use of obscure samples expertly married with cutting-edge beats, punctuated by excellent collaborations and features. This album also features the most Kanye song he's ever put together: Blood on the Leaves, a catchy tune about love and divorce where Ye spends half a verse talking about the cost of his wardrobe. Pretty standard stuff, except it's all happening on top of a sample of a 1965 tune about lynching that's been called one of the most important songs of the 20th century. The thesis of this album, made by a self-professed evangelical Christian who gives the middle finger to both Catholics and Baptists, and oh yeah, the thing is called YEEZUS, is that nothing is off-limits for Kanye. Best track: Bound 2

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I wouldn’t listen to this regularly but I did like it. Dirty synths, Justin Vernon’s falsetto, annoying noises. All my faves

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Some good songs that I found myself bopping along to. Wouldn’t listen regularly though, also Kanye needs therapy

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Pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed

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Highlights: Black Skinhead, Guilt Trip. I don't know what to do with this album. I appreciate the industrial experimental production, and that it doesn't waste any of its time.

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Not his best work but still solid.

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Quite an unorthodox, electronic sound, not bad but not my personal favourite. With more traditional hip hop beats, this could have been 4 stars

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Preface: I am not a big rap guy... From technique points was not bad. Could not embrace it

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I didn't mind it but didn't love it. I think this was when Kanye's unhinged period was ramping up. I found a lot of the lyrics hard to follow was he was actually going on about. For example: No sports bra, let's keep it bouncing Everybody wanna live at the top of the mountain

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Wow totally weird I referenced Kanye then the next day he pops up! There's a few of my Kanye faves on this album but as a whole it doesn't hit like my dark twisted nightmare) or whatever it is called. Some of the more aggressive songs I didn't appreciate so much

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Truly a masterclass in modern production, but it’s Kanye so the best I can do is a three

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Apparently Kanye has spoken with Jesus.

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I just don't see the appeal. Really not a fan of the autotune stuff. 2 stars.

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Nie moja bajka

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Not a big fan of Kanye, album was meh

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Not as good as the others. 2/5

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I just don't care man. Really don't.

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When you copy Death Grips' homework poorly and then ask Rick Rubin to go over it before handing it over

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Hi: On Sight, I Am A God, Hold My Liquor Lo: I'm In It, Blood On The Leaves Kanye experiments with a variety of musical textures, which the variety of are truly the highlight of this album. Lyrically, West also makes some pointed social commentary (New Slaves, Hold My Liquor), through some well-crafted rhymes and verses that paint a vivid word picture. A running theme throughout is the \"oh wait i\" gag where Kanye would reflect on the previous verse and try to change the narrative, which got old quick. Any musical prowess displayed is ruined by use of autotuned vocals, an aesthetic choice that just grates on my nerves. And at the end of the day, Kanye just sounds like an edgelord, interspersing overly offensive & racist lyrics that distract and do a disservice to the whole message. 2 stars.

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Hardest album to rate yet. Immediate reaction was not good. 1 star. But it grew on me after a couple of listens. 2 stars. A couple more listens and I was noticing some over-arching narratives and 3 stars. I had to come back to it later in the day as it was nagging at me. Could it get even more stars? No. On a refreshed listen I was back toward my initial reaction. Best be done with it and give it a 2 but I feel like it may pull me back in.... Highlights: Hold My Liquor and Bound2

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Not my cup of tea... Entertaining but not much else.

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How come this is a must listen...it's already 21 century open ears wide people

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Delving into one of the two most overrated figures in hip-hop of the last twenty years, we get Yeezus, an album inexplicably on this list when Death Grips doesn't even get a footnote. Death Grips are the most influential act of the 2010s - indisputably. The barriers they lowered between bedroom acts and professional musicians, the relationship they cultivated with the internet, the approach to abrasive textures that led to a resurgence of interest in industrial and noise influences on everything from metal to pop. Death Grips changed the game, and Kanye casually cribbed their notes three years later in a messy facsimile. Is this a bad album? No. But it isn't original and it has some of Kanye's worst lyrics on it. So why is it on here?

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Just not interested anymore. Someone has forgotten about beats and melody and having a sense of humour

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It’s hard to separate Kanye’s music from his batsh*t behavior to give a fair evaluation. Even when you succeed, you can’t help but feel this album is wildly anti-women and there is much less irony to I Am A God than we’d like to believe.

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First Kanye album I've listened to... Music = 5 stars Kanye = makes me hate rap. Insufferable. 0 stars

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terrible lyrics, raunchy. sounds behind were good.

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While honestly there are some great beats on this album, and this album should be on this list, I do think that it is completely overrated, as is the conceited artist who made it.

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Tough to judge this one. If there were no lyrics then this would easily be a 4 and possibly a 5. There's even some great wordplay if you ignore the actual content. However, the lyrics range from inane to offensive and really brings the whole thing down. 2.5 stars.

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a while back I had to google why people love him - it actually made me appreciate his music talent. but i can't get myself to support the art of a character like his.

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Well a quick glance at the reviews on give it either 1 or 5 stars so theres quite a lot of polarization. I remember the music press gave it 4s and 5s... here goes...Ok...I like a lot of the beats and dark electronica that backs lot of the tracks...it gives it a sense of urgency...however I I can't get past the 'pussy, dick, nigga" lyrics that permeate 90% of the album and the nauseating ego on tracks like 'I am a god" 2 star for the backing tracks.

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2, very underwhelming considering how much it is held in high esteem

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The least listenable Kanye album. It shows genius, but I won’t be listening to it again

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Some very nice and creative sounds in there, but then the singing starts and I just can't stand hip-hop (sorry).

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A hip-hop album that seems to want to be an industrial or noise rock album. The bombastic rhymes are well matched by the bombastic samples and the “more is more” production choices, sound effects and beats. Its popularity is what it is, one supposes, but this fails to land for me.

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he's always been mentally ill and a mediocre artist on his best days

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There were a couple of songs here which I knew from being huge, and they were ok. But otherwise I didn’t enjoy this.

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Don’t like it sorry. This kind of aggressive hip hop, never my cup of tea

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Yeah nah.

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I enjoyed the beats more than the lyrics. Strange Fruit was an odd choice of sample. There's a sense of drama that builds up. This may have been amplified as I listened to the album whilst a workman was drilling up the road outside. The Daft Punk contribution added a little humour. I couldn't hear Rik Rubin's efforts.

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Not a fan.

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The lyrics are a bit much, though I did enjoy the beats and sampling.

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I really liked Beatiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, the other Kanye West album we had so far.-This one I absolutely hate. Probably Kanye would say something like the unenlightened not understanding the genius vision. Be that as it may, the vision sounds horrendous. I'm hating both the bad rap as well as the minimalist techno - both styles I'm not generally a fan of to begin with - and couldn't finish a single song.

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no talent

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I don’t know what to say except that he deserves to be in prison ! I didn’t listen to all the lyrics but some were disgraceful and I can’t understand why any women would contribute to his earnings by buying his “music” if you can call it that. I gave up !!

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Jesus Christ, this man is an arse. I really don't get why this album is held in such esteem. People calling it ahead of it's time? In what sense? Created essentially by Daft Punk, sampling (nothing wrong with sampling) earlier music and then he just puts some juvenile, misogynist words over the top. Plenty of people already doing that. The lyrics aren't anything special and frequently neither complement nor disturb or disrupt the music, which makes me wonder what they are for. It never ceases to amaze me how people get taken in by the self-promotion of such mediocrity. There really ought to be an option for zero stars.

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This is what happens when you feed the Mogwai after midnight: a shitty artist creates shitty overindulgent narcissistic album.

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Lyrics are garbage. I really wanted to give Kanye a fair go, but he just doesn't deserve the air-time.

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the only good thing that ever came out of Kanye's mouth was "George Bush hates black people."

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For as much as Kanye gets hyped up as this genius producer, this really doesn't sound great. The lyrics are largely awful too.

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Oh ffs NO! How is he considered a genius?!?!? This is awful. And waaaay too much pussy talk 🤢

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This is my 25th album and it's the second by this overrated tabloid fodder. Apparently his music changed with every album. Pity the lyrical content is still just as tawdry. He's either bragging or whining. I didn't have to listen to this. Nobody does.

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This is a lot worse than I thought it would be. Aggressively autotuned. Incredibly repetitive lyrics. Rape bitches

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Hip Hop? Check. - Overhyped artist with an inflated ego? Check. - 0.5/5? Check.

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Kinda dug the industrial electronic feel. Unfortunately the content wasn't for me. It mostly goes on and on about how great Kanye is.

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If you have 45 minutes to kill and want someone to scream in your ear how they are a god and the best thing ever and how much you hate him even though you don't know him at all. Then this album is for you.

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Misogynistic Cover art: 5/5

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Interested music and production but very very stupid lyrics. 1 for the production. Never gonna listen to Kanye West again when if another one in this list

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vacilão

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The best part about this album: it's only about 40 minutes long. What could be done to improve this album: make it 30 minutes. What could be done to make my life better: not having had listened to this album. RIP Hip Hop.

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Hip hop was a mistake, and is likely the cause of most of society's ills

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Holy Holy, what a pretentious fuckwit. I don't care what colour your dick is, stop trying to degrade women with it, regardless of their colour. Flying crucifixes, how did this uninventive hack get such airplay and somehow convince people to buy his crappy shoes. Some good bass lines - but Jesus weeping - what kind of world do we live in when this misogynistic, self-worshiping tool gets critical acclaim and a bankroll. By Zeus's beard this made me angry. Really, really, sad angry.

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I tried… When it comes to controversial people on this list, I easily separate the art from the artist and took the same approach to listening to this album. I haven't listened to a lot of Kanye, but I've heard his earlier albums. This was just unlistenable, and I'm disappointed I couldn't make it past the first four tracks. This is my 271st album on the list and the second one I couldn't make it through. The first, Lana Del Rey's Chemtrails is also a recent addition, but I will acknowledge Kanye does belong on this list and maybe just Yeezus isn't the album that should get him there. 1/5.

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Obviously not to my taste, but almost aggressively bad.

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Não gostei

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I liked some of the more fractured musical parts of this, but the voice grates quite quickly and the lyrics are awful. Not just bad, but actually just grim. I get that ‘Yeezus’ is playing a character, but it’s hard to divorce this from his overblown public ego. With decent (pun intended) lyrics, this could have the makings of a good album. More queasy that Yeezy, unfortunately.

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nah. what the hell is this. everything i dislike in music in one album i guess? couldn't really listen to it all, its not good.

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The guy is a talentless narcissist who genuinely believes he is gods gift to everything. There are infinitely better unsigned artists out there, why are we giving this idiot airtime? He only gets a 1 because I can’t give it a zero

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Appalling misogynistic bullcrap

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