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Kanye West’s “Yeezus” – After 10 Spins, New Thoughts Emerge

I’m a Kanye fan.

Like, a BIG Kanye fan. In 2009, when he ran up on Taylor Swift at the VMAs, I may or may not have dressed up as him for Halloween in a picture-perfect outfit. Same wash of jeans, same haircut, same black button-up shirt, you name it.

Kanye at the 2009 VMAs

Kanye at the 2009 VMAs

I got some indie/hipster friends on Facebook that love dissing Kanye. I take it as an invite to step in and explain why they’re wrong in whatever assumption they’re running on.

This may be why I took “Yeezus” so hard. I had a tough time liking it. Most of the tracks had grating synths layered over minimalist beats, which sound so different than his normal production. “Blood on the Leaves” is the only track that I vibed to on my first listen, and only then since it sampled an old-school NOLA track…

No Limit sampled Isaac Hayes’ “Ike’s Mood I” for C-Murder’s take, but I digress…

So, after a couple of listens, I started to not hate Yeezy for evolving from his soul-sampling roots on Yeezus.

 

Does Kanye stick to a ‘formula’ for this CD? No.

Is Yeezus what hip-hip will sound like in a decade? Maybe.

Is Yeezus groundbreaking? Yes.

 

And that’s what I’ve learned to love about Yeezus. This CD is one that grew on me. Kinda like “The Brothers of Chico Dusty”. On first listen, I really didn’t like it. I wanted more of the same artist that I’ve grown to love. I wanted to toss the CD out of the window, find their label, and tell them to wrangle the artist into producing more of the same. But, after opening my mind up a little more, I realized that Kanye (and Big Boi) are evolving. They’re not static humans, they’re changing their worldview based on their perceptions of the world around them.

And that translates to new music that evolves with them.

Will Kanye produce some singles in the future that revert back to his soul-sampling days? I’m sure. Will Watch the Throne II push the boundaries? Definitely. Will I continue to dress like him for Halloween? I’m not entirely convinced that I will.

… unless he gets some artwork shaved into his head again.

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Kanye West Quotes from Songs

Here are some Kanye West quotes from songs for ya’ll. I like Kayne, this guy’s ego is so massive and he’s so cocky it’s great fun to watch him on and offstage. His twitter account is a tribute to arrogance http://twitter.com/kanyewest, check it (and also friend us!).

I love this video for Stronger, Kayne rocks it here.

When he stole Taylor Swift’s VMA I was like, yep, that’s Kanye. And my favorite quote of his, by FAR, is this gem:

George Bush doesn’t care about black people… They’re saying black families are looting and white families are just looking for food…they’re giving the (Army) permission to shoot us
-Kanye West quote

I gotta add a second favorite also;

I said Yo Jay, I can rap. And I spit this rap that said I’m killin’ ya’ll niggas on this lyrical shit, mayonnaise colored benz, I push miracle whips.
-Kanye West quote

That’s a classy rap quote right there!

Hit the jump for more Kayne West quotes from songs to use on Facebook or Myspace, wherever!

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