June 16, 2013
Brash, bold, and mostly brilliant, Kanye West’s sixth studio, Yeezus, ranks among his best work to date. It’s sure to be his most divisive album yet, even more so than the equally awesome 808s & Heartbreaks, and that’s okay. It’s not an album that’s easily digestible, especially after only one listen. It’s an album that pulsates with a dark energy and revels in its own vainglorious nihilism.
Working with an array of producers that include French electronic duo Daft Punk, Wu-Tang leader RZA, Travi$ Scott, Mike Dean, and the legendary Rick Rubin, and borrowing from a range of influences such as industrial, electro, dancehall, and soul, Yeezus pushes hip-hop way past its usual boundaries. Of course, that’s par for the course for any West album, but Yeezus takes it further.