yeezychProbably one of the most anticipated albums of this year, Yeezus by Kanye West is getting ready to hit shelves and internet waves on June 18th. We over here at Concrete Hearts have been blessed with the opportunity to listen to the project before a lot of people and we are gonna give you a heads up on what to expect from this musician we call Kanye West.

This album has some interesting collaborations, beats, and some very cold lyrics. The album hits the mark sonically. Hip Hop is getting a new sound with the entrance of this album from Yeezy. Kanye tides down some very controversial issues like racism, wealth, sexism, politics and many more.

Kanye has been known to be quite the emotionless character at times, and gives us a different take on his follow up from “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy“. I feel like he should have switched album titles and used that title for this current album. Ye’ is speaking to the masses on his messages in this LP. Yeezy has no problem resorted back to his old days of auto-tune and interludes in his latest offering. We have a 10 track album with twists, turns, ins and outs. He realistically raps about the life he has been living which a lot of rappers can not honestly voucher for.

The anticipation of the album has been stretching since earlier this year when it was reported Ye’ was in the studio in Hawaii crafting some music. Yeezus has followed no normal path to a mainstream album release. He screened his track “New Slaves” visually on a buildings all across the world. He did not premiere the video on MTV or BET. He did not even release a studio quality version of his song, you would have to wait till Yeezus drops. (Except we have it here for you to peep and download below!) He performed an abnormal performance of his tracks on SNL about a month ago and debuted some songs at this past week’s Governor’s Ball in NYC.

Yeezus is a mix of several genres, punk, rock, rap/hip-hop, some pseudo r&b & new wave. The tracks are full length thoughts of Yeezy and have some inspiration of 90’s rap in there as well. There are some moments of sensitivity and love, but majority of the album touches base with lust. Kanye addresses all the haters and critics in this album and denies being a celebrity and more of a musician. That could explain his unorthodox approaches to his album release and such.

Does Yeezus live up to the HYPE? Can West consider himself the Mike Jordan of rap or more modernly compared; the Lebron James of the rap game out here tryin’ to win here again? Here is our track by track analysis of the most scrutinized rapper of this past 10 years and the most hyped album of the year. After were done with the ride, you can make your decision before June 18th.

1. On Sight (Produced by Daft Punk)

[Malik Yusef, Rhymefest]

Mr. West opens the album in futuristic format with the track “On Sight” which was produced fully by Daft Punk. The track is very aggressive with some infectious electronic synth fused with some rap some grittiness as well. Kanye goes hard with some lyrics like:

As soon as I pull and park the Benz/we get this bitch shakin’ like parkinsons

We get a classic Kanye West song in this one.

2. Black Skinhead (Produced by Daft Punk)

[CyHi The Prynce, Lupe Fiasco, Malik Yusef]

Black Skinhead” was one of the first few songs people heard from Yeezus. Kanye performed it on SNL and frankly the instruments on this track is immaculate. The bass, the drums, and the darkness of the track resonates in the theme of the album. The Daft Punk sample is dope! This track was one of the finer tracks of the album with lyrics like:

I keep it 300, like the Romans 300 bitches, where’s the Trojans.

3. I Am A God (Ft. God) (Produced by Daft Punk)

[Hudson Mohawke, Justin Vernon, Malik Yusef, Rhymefest]

Yes, this title and track is quite risky for Yeezy and definitely rubs people the wrong way. It kind of shows arrogance but confidence. Which stems from the album title. The bass on the song is so strong it is something attracting to the listener. Kanye goes on creepy rants in this one. Not much to say about this one other than Daft Punk captured some great production on this. You be the judge!

4. New Slaves (Ft. Frank Ocean)

[Malik Yusef, Rhymefest]

New Slaves features frequent collaborator Frank Ocean, who worked on Watch The Throne with Hov & Ye’ which was an instant classic. This track talks about materialism particularly within the black race. Yeezy sounds like he is making fun of his himself and his peers. The track is probably the closest track to a hook or chorus that is catchy on this album. It is a sort of godly and majestic track in its delivery. Yeezy seems to think people kill to be celebrities and often fake a life that they don’t live.

All you blacks want all the same things/Used to only be niggas now everybody playing/Spending everything on Alexander Wang, – new slaves.

5. Hold My Liquor (Ft. Chief Keef & Justin Vernon) screen-shot-2013-06-11-at-10-40-03-pmd

[Alejandro Ghersi, Malik Yusef, Rhymefest]

Hold My Liquor is the track where Kanye collabs with Chi-Town representative Chief Keef & Justin Vernon from Bon Iver. Auto-tune is used all through this track but the guitar is played in the track and has a great feel on this track. This track is just quite average but has some positives with Chief’s infectious hook, and Ye’s choice of lyrical wordplay.

6. I’m In It (Ft. Travis Scott)

[Justin Vernon, Malik Yusef]

With help from Travis Scott, this aggressive, and sultry track displays bass, club rocking themes with samples from Kenny Lattimore’s “Lately”. Pump this one in the car or in the house either way it is gonna change the mood completely. Kanye spits bars like there is no tomorrow referencing women:

Eating asian pussy, all I need was sweet and sour sauce/Tell your boss you need an extra hour off/Get you super wet after we turn the shower off.

7. Blood On The Leaves

[Hudson Mohawke, Tony Williams]

Blood on the Leaves is a song you could picture on his subsequent “808’s and Heartbreaks album which Kanye uses auto-tune and changes a song into a trap music style offering within seconds. This song is complex and It gets very raw in all aspects. This song while maybe unbearable on the auto-tune, it still has a lot of potential. The track also samples Nina Simone singing Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit” song. It adds to the smooth instrumentals and gives a format for Yeezus to spit some bars via auto-tune.

8. Guilt Trip (Ft. Kid Cudi) (Produced by S1)

This track is that collaboration with the Cudder which always leaves us in awe. This track which displays some auto-tune is yet another one with a possibilty of fitting on Kanye’s 808’s album. Kid Cudi who recently left G.O.O.D. Music has proved that their are no hard feelings between him and Ye’ cause they both simply go H.A.M. Produced by S1, with some dope violin set at the end is very infectious and  using a lot of drums and vocals to finish off the track, One of the more emotional settings of the album but nonetheless DOPE!

9. Send It Up (Ft. King L)

[Alejandro Ghersi, Daft Punk, Gesaffelstein]

Send It Up is one of the best tracks on the album where Kanye links up with Chicago’s own King L. This track is a club banger which samples some Jamaican themes from the likes of Beenie Man. This I could say is one of the hardest tracks on the album and will have the streets in a frenzy. The song displays both sides of rapping but yet keeps it original to Chi-Town. Production is impeccable with help from some talented Europeans. This is that rave, mosh-pit style song.

10. Bound 2 (Ft. Charlie Wilson)

[John Legend]

Bound 2 was a preview snippet that was on Kanye West’s official site. The one we get on the album is completely different from the site. Closing the album. Yeezus, is this highly infectious track which shows Yeezy back into his old school, “College Dropout” days where he is a bit more soulful. This song is a little different from the dark theme of the album.The track is nothing short of amazing and smooth. Kanye ended on a G.O.O.D. not with this one. Yeezus has arrived and departed!

Final Thoughts:

Yeezus was a great album, it may lack some conventional melodies or pop mainstream friendly tracks with catchy hooks and choruses. Overall this album pleases Hip-Hop Aficionados with it’s extreme non stop energy. The commentary on the album is classic and Kanye went to great lengths to bring quality to the sound of Yeezus with these succulent instrumentals.

The album is solid in all aspects mostly, but there are some tracks that are not close to perfection or strong enough. This album us still very enjoyable and will bring his level of creativity even higher. He has captured a modern take on Hip-Hop and gave it a futuristic basis as well. The album has potential to reach classic status but will take some time for people to get used to this new sound. The future of rap laying in Ye’s hands? It’s a possibility. Lyrically he delivers on some of the sharpest rhymes but have simple connotations. We will see how this pans out during release week as far as sales go but my pick for better album that release day goes to J.Cole’s Born Sinner. Born Sinner tells us a story while Yeezus boasts anger and darkness. Still a great album and definitely show support and pick it up in stores on tuesday.

Signed, Sealed & Delivered,

Eddie Yvan


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