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‘Yeezus’ Walks Among Us: Album Review

Was it the hard hitting 808’s, stabbing synths, or char grilled lyrics that catapulted Kanye West’s 6th studio album Yeezus to critical acclaim, platinum certification and mainstream adoration? With Kanye’s upcoming album Yandhi delayed for an unknown length of time, we revisit an old Kanye classic.


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Never mind the technical flawlessness of the album, perhaps the most endearing memory from Yeezus was Kanye’s ascendance into the self-proclaimed deity (‘Ye’) we know him as today.

But does it stand the test of time, 6 years from it’s first release?

A common theme that runs thick throughout the album is religion, with heavy references to Kanye’s Yeezus persona. The flagship evidence of this is seen in the track “I Am a God”. Over a series of restless, ear aching synths, Kanye raps about his past, respect, and if it wasn’t clear already, being a God. Ear-piercing, primal screams play throughout the song, and are a succinct reminder of his ‘monster’ form we learnt about in “On Sight”.

Another clear-cut topic is race, and Kanye is determined to educate everyone on the struggles of African Americans, past and present. Produced by Daft Punk, “Blood on the Leaves” samples the 1939 track “Strange Fruit” a track about lynching, black-white relations, and racism in America’s south.

Yes I wrote this article whilst listening to Yeezus, and yes I’ve listened to it 1000 times previously.

“New Slaves” is an emotionally charged analysis of modern-day racism, and over a boppy, melodic beat, Kanye raps about influence, power, racism and stereotyping. Kanye makes reference to his deceased mother, “my momma was raised in the era when, clean water was only served to the fairer skin”. He also details his own experiences of racism and stereotyping – “you see it’s broke ni**a racism, don’t touch anything in the store”, the stereotype of the black man who’s broke. Opposite to this – “it’s rich ni**a racism, come in, please buy more”, the stereotype of the indulgent rich black man who only buys chains, jewellery and cars.

A strong and powerful piece of work, to date, Yeezus is still Kanye’s most controversial and experimental album. Through his genius lyricism, impactful commentary on societal issues, and commitment to work of the highest quality, one thing can be agreed on when it comes to the legend of Kanye West.

He’s a modern day rap God.


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