‘Yeezus’ Backlash Begins As Second-Day Reviews Question Kanye’s Motives, Taste: God we’re stupid!
“Friday’s the first day of summer, but we’re already well into Yeezyseason. Kanye West released “Yeezus,” his sixth studio album, on June 18, a few days after it leaked and a month and a half after he cryptically announced that something would happen on that fateful day.
And something did: West’s album debuted to a tidal wave of critical support. Pitchfork slapped the disc with a 9.5, the A/V Club gave it an A-, as did Entertainment Weekly; Rolling Stone deemed the record worthy of four-and-a-half stars out of five. Consequence of Sound did Kanye one better, with a five-out-of-five review, as did the Telegraph and XXL hit it with a four-out-of-five review.
All love, right? Not exactly: In the ensuing days, a number of criticism’s about West’s wildly diverse, ambitious and provocative album has landed on the wrong side of some writers. Here are their chief complaints (none of which, it’s worth noting, are of the “this isn’t music” variety that litter internet comment sections):
1. The album doesn’t treat women the best: Women get rough treatment on much of “Yeezus,” but the rhetoric is sharper on “Blood on the Leaves” and “I’m in It” than anywhere else. On the former track, West pitch-bends Nina Simone’s cover of Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit,” — a song about lynchings, with lyrics like “black bodies, swinging in the summer breeze” — into the backdrop for ruminations on infidelity and alimony. Those who extolled the track suggest that the discomfort inherent in the juxtaposition is West’s point, but others aren’t buying that intention or just find it unsatisfying. ” To cap it off,” Dorian Lynskey writes, “he describes being forced to seat his wife and mistress on opposite sides of a basketball court and says, ‘I call that apartheid.’ Do you, Kanye? Do you really?”
2. It offers a very particular, personal view of racial politics: West famously told the New York Times that he finds himself to be an “activist-type artist” in the same lane as Gil-Scott Heron and he comments frequently about America’s relationship with race on “Yeezus.”
There’s “New Slaves,” a track on which he documents his own battle with materialism, which he characterizes as akin to the prison industrial complex in being defined along racial lines. On “Black Skinhead,” he snarls that the fact that he’s dating a white woman makes white America look at him like he’s King Kong. Here’s Lynskey: “New Slaves addresses black stars’ addiction to white-owned luxury brands and the lucrative racism of the prison-industrial complex but doesn’t bother to join the dots between the two, let alone his mother’s childhood in ‘the era when clean water was only served to the fairer skin.”
He get paid well for this, just to think if all of us poor people made an album like his how much money we would make as well lol. God we’re stupid! We’re so stupid that we’re the “New Slaves.”
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