“Yeezus” debuts at No. 1

June 26, 2013
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Kanye West’s recent album “Yeezus” debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 327,000 copies in its first week. It’s the biggest week for a rap album since November of 2011 with Drake’s “Take Care” ranked at No. 1 with 631,000. This marks Kanye’s sixth No. 1 album and sixth straight chart-topper.

After just over a month of hype, Kanye West has released his sixth solo album “Yeezus.” While Kanye had only announced the album on May 1st with a single tweet reading “June Eighteen,” and although there was the lack of a true single, “Yeezus” was one of the most highly anticipated albums this year.

While at first listen it may seem messy, the more you play it, the more you hear how every moment was carefully picked and sculpted together. West is a narcissist who doesn’t notice or take time to care about the reactions he provokes. And there is no doubt that West is the only artist capable of making such a conflicting and often puzzling album, which is also a not so commercial album, and yet still have everyone buzzing over it.

While listening through the 40 minutes of the album can be quite challenging, it leaves you wanting more. All sorts of contrasting textures, styles, and genres mash together creating crazy beats and sounds while Kanye sings over it effortlessly. “Yeezus” just may be the darkest and most extreme album West has yet to create. The only consistent thing about anything on the album, whether it is the beats or the vocals, is how inconsistent it all is. You may have thought “Yeezus” wasn’t the album you were expecting, but when it comes to Kanye West, when do you ever get what you expected? West just may be the most unpredictable artist in the music industry today.

Purchase “Yeezus” on iTunes and decide what you think.

 

-Xay

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