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Oh Yeezus

KANYE YEEZUSSo I’ve been listening to Yeezus for almost a week now.  Some people love it.  Some people hate it.  Some people just repeat opinions they hear on Pitchfork.  I’m not one of those people.  KANYE WEST YEEZUSTo succinctly summarize Kanye’s problem: he lacks credibility.  While lecturing us on materialism, he name checks Alexander Wang all while playing designer with his very own weak-ass ready-to-wear collection.  Kanye, you wish you were Alexander WangKanye, you wish you were Riccardo Tisci.  (Or you wish you were in Riccardo Tisci allegedly whatever.)  How can a man that is shamelessly reproducing with the Kueen of Konsumption lecture anyone?  Kanye maintains his trademark anger on this album, but on Yeezus it feels particularly misdirected.  For all his race-based indignation, I suspect the last time Kanye West felt legitimately persecuted is when Alber Elbaz had the good sense to deny his ass from the Lanvin show. KANYE WEST YEEZUS COVER ARTMy Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is a really incredible and incomparable record.  I don’t expect every record Kanye makes to eclipse BDTF, but Yeezus isn’t at all fun.  Kanye borrows from a somewhat diverse (if predictable) musical cannon ranging from Billie Holliday (vis-à-vis Nina Simone) to Charlie Wilson, but the vocal layering never quite gels.  It feels very mash-up and less integrative than his previous application of this well-worn technique.  KIM AND KANYEKanye fancies himself a pioneer and taste-maker, but his private and personal decisions of the last year prove he’s no visionary.  Yeezus ain’t all that innovative.  Kim is so over, and bathed in her low-budget, mainstream media-whore stank Kanye’s all but over too.KANYE LOVES PARIS

I’d Rather Be a Dick Than a Swallower

3 Records for You

Hate to kick it off with such an obvious recommendation, but do consider Jay-Z and Kanye’s Watch the Throne.  Never thought these two massive egos could fit comfortably on one collaborative effort, but somehow they managed to pull it off.  The album ain’t half bad.  Not as great as Twisted, but also not a complete waste of time.The Rapture shows progress on In the Grace of Your Love without abandoning their clangy roots.  This collection of songs is a little more mature and melodic than previous offerings, but still full of energetic fun.  Good thing we got something new from The Rapture because now every time I hear Echos I can’t help thinking of Misfits (the awesome show, not the band).Mz. Anderson’s Past Life Martyred Saints is every bit as bueno as the critics say.  Won’t bore you with a gush, but getcha some of this goodness for sure.