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The ones on Pirate Bay seem to be fake.
The site it apparently leaked to (that isn't What.cd) is dead though.
it hasn't got lots of people saying it's a transcode or fake on What.CD
Must be real then :O
the same one on Outkasst's Morris Brown? Is there one on Morris Brown? It sounds like a loud Morris Brown.
Its like the same song exactly.
SO HURRY UP WITH MY DAMN CROISSANTS
Most of it is actively annoying to me, tbf.
has always been actively annoying to me.
Shoutout to the barking dog on I'm In It
I have deleted the links to the leaks. Apologies if I have lost your replies.
YES IM A DIRTY LEAK WHORE
But I'm 4 tracks in and it's been fucking brilliant thus far.
Yesiamaduck | 14 Jun '13, 19:19 | X | ^ This | Reply
Just don't turn the volume past 4
theShipment | 14 Jun '13, 19:21 | X | ^ This | Reply
littlebirds this'd this
You lazy for this one Rick...
The production sounds shit (regardless of the aesthetic they're going for).
littlebirds | 14 Jun '13, 19:30 | X | ^ This | Reply
theShipment this'd this
I'm a bit bored now
now on 'I'm In' and it's growing fairly tiresome :(
Yesiamaduck | 14 Jun '13, 19:32 | X | ^ This | Reply
My ears hurt
Tip: don't try and do back to back listens!
Quite like the general direction, some interesting underground dance influences, but there's a knack to sounding lo fi without grating.
Reserving overall judgement for now, but it's way more interesting than Cruel Summer. Shame they didn't work on getting their sound perfect first.
littlebirds | 14 Jun '13, 19:52 | X | ^ This | Reply
Still haven't listened to Cruel Summer :/
theShipment | 14 Jun '13, 21:41 | X | ^ This | Reply
Completely throw away. Even Mercy outstays it's welcome for me. Haven't been all that excited by his EDM leaning work in general, but there's enough ideas on Yeezus to keep me spinning for now. Found the FLAC marginally more listenable.
littlebirds | 14 Jun '13, 22:27 | X | ^ This | Reply
I would have just told people to fuck off, guess that's why i don't run a form/anything at all
There was no legal action threat or anything. But it has happened in the past for similar links appearing in threads.
Odd how no one posts links to buy vinyl or download from iTunes...
and it's pretty hard to find a leak which a record label are trying to stop from getting out
that kanye west asked me to be his producer
Strange cos i'm not even a big fan, but anyway if it has lots of backwards guitar that was me, in my dream.
on 'Black Skinheads'.
first 4 tracks are great, full of classic kanye lines and i love the production
but theeeeeeeen it all goes a bit 808s mixed with cruel summer stuff, and is boring. i don't even know what the fuck blood on the leaves is supposed to be but it's a big mess.
bound 2 would be classic kanye if it was fleshed out a bit, but i do like that one and i am a god the most.
it more listens but I agree - the first couple of tracks are just startling, easily amongst the best music I've heard this year, then it just peters out.
I loved his last album to pieces so this may grow on me but yeah, very uneven on the first couple of listens.
then it just sort of get's tiring, boring and kind of predictable :(
I'm loving this
it shouldn't work, but it does, definite highlight so far
B A D A S S
'Higher Ground' by TNGHT eh
it's nice, but after what came before I can't help but feel a bit let down
the album falls off a cliff tracks 6 - 9. up there with his all-time worst
also on headphones my ears hurt real bad after one run-through. brickwalled TNGHT and Strange Fruit was godawful
harden up you plebs. or go and listen to bellend and sebastian
This will probably be the only Ye album cementimental will like :0
and also when it has dynamics
I'm sorry. I take back what I said. Black Skinheads in particular could do with some work, it's really really noticable in that. Which is a shame, it's the kind of song you want to blast, but you can't because it gets "the fuzzies" if you do that.
almost every single person I've seen commenting has said the same: opening run of 4/5 is AMAZING, next three are really awful and split on the closer between very good and iffy
8s 9s and 10s
There's more. Just copied from typing Yeezus review into google news. Not that I'd ever read these publications for music opinion, but I assume it'll get a heavy metacritic score.
I mean love it or hate it, it's an interesting direction for West to go in. For one, it's his shortest album to date, both tracklist-wise and length-wise. For another, despite the fact that he's played a couple tracks in a live setting (I don't know about LIVE, but he did "New Slaves" and "Black Skinhead" on SNL), but there's really no "single" on the album, is there?
It's an incredibly aggressive, anti-pop album. Today, in my head, I kinda said it like this: If "Heard 'Em Say" was his "I have a dream" speech, then "New Slaves" is his "The chickens come home to roost". He gets extremely profane in a lot of places, and close to militant. There are a lot of cringeworthy moments, but a lot where you almost feel slightly repulsed because the imagery is downright... violent in its sexuality.
It seemed like a bold move for West to follow up Graduation, an incredibly brightly mixed record, with 808s & Heartbreak, a dour, vaguely hypothermic breakup album. This almost feels like a bolder move to me. Almost all of the typical Kanye-esque hallmarks have been stripped away, including his love of bringing as many guests as possible on an album; I mean, just how many are here in a real fashion? There aren't ANY guest verses, unless you kinda sorta count Frank Ocean at the end of "New Slaves". His braggadocio is still there, which I don't really mind, but everything else feels altered.
Also, at first I felt bothered by just how incredibly megalomaniacal "I Am A God" is, but then I remembered that Jay-Z calls himself Jayhova, and suddenly I don't mind as much.
That's just me. Can't get over how good the studio versions of "New Slaves" and "Black Skinhead" are. Plus there are so many winning lines, specifically "Got more niggas off than Cochran", or "Lightly scratched your Corolla / Okay, I smashed your Corolla".
I have started telling people, "It's good, but I don't know how much I like it." It feels true. I know that it's a fairly daring album, but I don't know what parts are amazing, and what parts are bullshit. I do know that "I'm In It" is really kinda unnecessary.
It just feels like a real pop culture moment to me, and I'm embracing that aspect. I'm writing so much about Kanye this weekend so I don't really want to go into much more depth here, but the "it's interesting, but I don't know how much I like it" debate is probably true for a lot of people.
There is a King Louie verse on 'Send it Up' btw, but I think that's the only rap verse.
struggling to listen to anything other than this right now.
can't get over how good hold my liquor is. i don't think i've ever heard a song that sounds anything like it before.
i don't see how anyone who is like, not adverse to the medium of rap could possibly dislike bound 2. it's pretty much perfect.
Oxide and Neutrino are reportedly "very sad", and have asked for the day off at Morrisons to cope with the grief of beng ripped off by Kanye. So there's two dissenters 'right there bro'.
The first clutch of tracks are very strong indeed, but the last four/five tracks are simply dreadful.
but comments in here make me think this is Kanye's Centipede Hz
as it clearly has some of his best material on it, don't think I could say the same about Centipede Hz.
has now been put up on Kanye's youtube; fair response to a leak I suppose
this album is not terrible - far from it in fact.
Also not quite sure people are talking about saying it drops after track 5, it doesn't at all?
but I felt a distinct decline in quality in the 2nd half, however I'm not sure if it was the production grating one me.
it's just a weaker collection of songs, marred by borderline unlistenable production.
That's kinda my assessment of Centipede Hz.
I love kanye robot voice
Plenty of power.
but I'm not sure how much I like it (exc New Slaves)
It is the one and only time that Frank Ocean is made redundant. "New Slaves" could very well be 'Ye's best track, or at least up there.
the record shop selection near my work is limited to sainsburys, who didn't have it.
just wondered if its worth me heading to southend after work?
Yeezus is great - few weaker tracks, but generally a strong album
Liking it quite a lot. Think I'll end up loving it, as with MBDTF it's often the flaws and weak points that are the most interesting somehow. The opener is fucking brill.
Nearly crashed my damn car when that beat kicked in.
Utterly, disastrously reprehensible in terms of sample choice and subject matter juxtaposition but by God it's a fucking amazing beat.
All over I'm In It as well, Bon Iver's vocal bit is magnificent.
I think I like this album an awful lot.
While careless on the surface, the juxtaposition is clearly intentional. Guess you can read it several ways, but it'd be disappointing if it were for nothing more than shock tactics.
He's obviously a hugely talented and intelligent man capable of great insight etc but he does still go for the shocks very readily and it's difficult to justify it in your mind which is also what makes him so compelling.
In that NY Times article he said 'You know, I was able to slip past everything with a pink polo, but I am dead prez. And now, because I was able to slip past, I have a responsibility at all times.'
Well, in terms of his 'responsibility', it would appear very lax. But, he consciously doesn't omit the line 'Strange fruit hanging from the poplar tees', immediately evoking powerful images to anyone who's familiar with that song, and I guess slyly making others aware too. I'm not sure there's some deeper connection/metaphor in the lyrics as such, but maybe the contrast serves to highlight how race issues are glossed over in modern society, or reflecting on his own internal conflict in presenting different personas & mixed messages to the public.
Interestingly, on New Slaves he makes a note of repeating Blood on the Leaves 3 times. He seems to be intrinsically linking the political track he did right to the one he easily could have written over the Nina Simone sample, but chose not to.
Or it could be a tossed off, poorly thought out idea. You never really know.
What a dick
People just already hate Ye and this pushes them further away
I can't take all this new found anti establishment and media fire he's breathing seriously when he represents what he's railing against.
And he's actually been anti-establishment for much of his career, it just hasn't been as overt as it is now.
Being a hypocrite is just his "thing", though. He knows what he's doing. He's not *that* dumb.
I'll just revert you back to this article
. . . I think it would be "Lamb-porium." Doesn't quite seem over the top enough though, maybe "Alpha + Omega = LambDA" instead?
Is it was a good choice of first two songs to release. I'm not generally I Kanye fan but I do like a few songs here and there and Black Skinhead and New Slaves are definitely among those.
Of the rest of it I only really got on with Bound 2, the rest of it just ain't my thing.
It's so close to that soul trap sound, Tree could've pushed it over the top I think. And he's from Chi too! Love the hook, the whole song is good but yeah doesn't really fit on the album. Kanye has done similar things better in the past.
the backlash has been there since like 2004
Maybe it will be a grower, I like a lot of it sonically, but it might take some time for the actual songs to worm their way into my head.
One thing I will say though, is the last minute of New Slaves is the best thing either Kanye or Frank Ocean have ever ever done and much as I like the rest of the song, he really should have developed the ideas in the last minute of that song further.
it's incredible. I never want it to end. It's a shame it fades out right when it starts to get really really good with that harmony going on right as it cuts off.
I reckon 8.9 BNM
THAT'S RIGHT HE'S IN IT
I have a feeling it's all I'm going to hear being played in the office today... get the feeling it's not particularly conducive to a working environment ha.
I'm sure you have more than a couple coworkers that you wanna put your fist in like a civil rights sign.
But how anyone can judge that run (I'm In It -> Send it Up -> Guilt Trip -> Blood on the Leaves -> Bound 2) as near flawless is beyond me. And I'm a needlessly defensive Kanye fan of epic proportions.
Order is completely wrong. You get my drift though.
Hits the nail on the head here; I often feel the pressure of my deistic duties.
I get he was going for 'rawness' or whatever but it just comes off as sounding unfinished in places. The jarring moments are kinda interesting on the first listen but quickly get annoying. I don't know, maybe it'll improve with time but right now i've got hella problems with it.
Probably his worst album, definitely his worst since Graduation. Still at least its interesting and kindasortabutnotreally daring, in a way the new Jay Z album definitely won't be.
But at the same time I cant help but feel cynical about it. People may talk about how bold a new direction this is but he's just adopting an existing sound palette into hip-hop which is nothing new really.
gimme twelve tracks of that! fuck
WUT???? it's so disjointed and lacklustre.......?
but as far as Kanye's last-track-on-the-album goes, it's a bit disappointing. He could've done a lot more with it.
I still think it's a great track but probably the weakest on there.
A stronger final track could have prevented the gradual fizzling out-vibe of the second half.
The interplay between Ye and the nina sample is cool, and the horns bang.
or is the general quality awful?
or are my ears broken...?
Sounds bad on Spotify, but the production is shitty anyway. Not sure why it's been glossed over in most reviews.
For complete goons, apparently the US iTunes version is the final master, with little production touches that aren't on the physical/leak.
is for C U Next Tuesdays
Just a heads up, the US iTunes version of this album is far far better than the leak/FLAC/etc. versions. The mixing is much better, for comparison listen to Frank's verse on New Slaves. It sounds much better. You can now listen to Black Skinhead on 11 without it sounding like it's coming through a shot amp. Here's some pics showing just how ridiculous the differences are in masters
The penultimate track is the only weak link.
Black Skinhead reminds me a bit of Death Grips. I got a bit bored after the first four tracks though.
hold my liquor is a tuuuuune.
i do really love bound 2
for similar reasons why some people shouldn't watch horror films.
DISCRIMINATED AGAINST GROUPS SHOULD JUST STOP GETTING OFFENDED SO MUCH
the line isn't even that bad. I don't think he's making fun of people with parkinsons. It's an overreaction.
He could well be referring to the unpredictable and oft-sloppy nature of Sir Michael Parkinson's old chat show there. He might be a god an' that but I'm pretty sure even Yeezy's seen THAT Meg Ryan interview!
next: malaria charities getting angry at Beastie Boys for Intergalactic.
for what it's worth, my grandad died of parkinsons, and obviously it's fucking horrible, but its main visible symptom is shaking. dunno how the simile is offensive
But yeah, I'm enjoying this album more and more each time I hear it. Hold My Liquor or Bound 2 are my current favourites.
re. Blood On The Leaves, and the choice of sample compared to subject matter. It's notable that Futile Girl Problems and Civil Rights struggle are juxtaposed on a number of occasions as the album progresses. From the 'Put my fist in her like a civil rights sign' to comparing having to be seperated from a girl at an NBA game to 'apartheid'. He is definitely trying to a make a point there somewhere, maybe about that 'Rich nigga slavery' he mentions in 'New Slaves', how futility and consumerism is subduing black people and distracting them from social progression.
I'm just not sure it really works, but hey, it should at least be contextualised a bit...
How Homer used to be a lovable goof, who meant well but just got things a little bit wrong, but over time the idiotic aspects of his character became inflated to paper over the lack of real substance to the writing, until eventually he was a bit of a selfish cunt completely devoid of his original wit or charm?
That's how I feel Kanye's career as a rapper is going.
if I'm In It, Send It Up and Guilt Trip were replaced by better songs this would be his best album. And I'm even starting to like them, though the first half of I'm In It will probably always be unbearable
Think it's great
is one of the best tracks on it. Amazing. Don't really get why people would love the rest of the album but dislike that song.
I can't stop listening to it, it's just those 3 weak songs
such an amount of shite
still dont think Bound 2 holds together remotely well. the I KNOW YOU#RE TIRED section is just shit, and the sample section just reminds me of Int'l Players Anthem but well boring
It sounds really out of place given the rest of the album but at the same time feels really climactic in a disjointed way and I love how the abruptness of the end segues into the abruptness of the start of On Sight if you have it on repeat. Similar to how Who Will Survive In America segues so perfectly into that Nicki Minaj bit on MBDTF.
WHOAH THIS SONG FINALLY WENT SOMEWHERE!
in case you were wondering.
makes a perfect soundtrack to Hotline Miami.
never a fan of autotune, but really works here, making it all alien and disjointed. Bound 2 is pretty glorious too, I get that it doesn't really fit but taken out of context I'm surprised that people seem so split over it
might well be one of the worst songs I have ever heard. This album is Emperor's New Clothes personified.
How clever of you
It's fucking spectacular in a few places.
Times when it works/kinda works:
- The beat and most of the other things on Black Skinhead
- I Am A God (ft. God)
- The first 3 minutes of New Slaves (the hampton spouse, blouse, mouth bit is on another level)
- Hold My Liquor... I think I like it.
- I'm In It... it's a dancehall sample and I like it... unexpected!
- Guilt Trip (why the hatred? Really no idea why it's getting so much stick)
Times it doesn't:
- Bound 2... it's a nice Graduation bonus track isn't it? Disjointed and doesn't belong anywhere near this record.
- Blood On The Leaves - the beat is insane. The sample is a fucking travesty. Just thankful he murdered Nina Simone's version rather than Billie Holiday's.
It's a bit of a mess on the whole but it's pretty damn fascinating. I agree with others, I find it intriguing and exhilarating but i'm not sure I 'like' it
I will say that his flow has never been as good as it is on some of the tracks here.
It's number 1 here, not sure about the US... i'd be really intrigued to hear the reactions of the people who bought it hoping for a few more Goldigga's
So what are we saying? Precisely no one will agree with me but:
808s > College Dropout > Graduation = MBDTF > Yeezus > Late Registration
when MBDTF peaked at 16 and had a similar level of (more?) hype, + some radio-suitable singles. Is this how little impact proper singles / music videos have these days? What's currently playlisted?
And while it's not as abrasive/experimental as it seemed at first, it's pretty amazing that it's top of the charts. When was the last time something at a similar level was number 1 // When was the last time a pop culture icon made something like this? Can't really think of anything in the last 10-15 years.
Anyway this has settled into me just really really liking it with a few gripes. I Am A God, really loud on headphones, at night is just the best.
I Am A God > Black Skinhead > New Slaves > Blood On The Leaves > Hold My Liqour > On Sight > Bound 2 > Guilt Trip > Send It Up > I'm In It
MBDTF > Yeezus > Late Registration > College Dropout > Graduation > 808s ( > WTT > Cruel Summer)
I wonder how close the actual sales figures were. But yeah, surprised Yeezus did quite as well as it seems to have. Glad it did though.
My ranking of Kanye albums would change on any given day, but this is where I'm at atm:
LR > 808s > CD >> MBDTF > Yeezus >> Graduation
I like a few Graduation songs A LOT, but there's just a bunch of songs on there that I don't really care either way about. Can't Tell Me Nothing, Barry Bonds and Flashing Lights are all personal favourites.
I'd also say Graduation is his weakest lyrically and in terms of the themes he's covering on there. Probably a bit harsh with the double '>' tho.
MBDTF > College Dropout > Late Registration > Yeezus > Graduation > 808s
WHAT'S ONE MORE HAAAH!?
CD > LR >> GRAD >>> MBDTF >>>>>>>>>>> 808s > Yeezus
i was listening to never let me down the other day and just thought 'holy shit this record is perfect'
and didn't get moments when kanye WENT 808s on other records
Yeezus definitely feels incomplete and disjointed to me but there are definitely some really awesome moments and great songs.
kanye is just in a different category of music. i would love to see his next record be a TOTAL departure from everything.
i think there are definitely people out there (as with any BIG album) who just "pick a side" just to be on a side "Oh you people are sheep, this album is shit" or "kanye is the saviour of the universe, this thing is amazing!!"
but i think there is a whole other contingent of people who are lik e... "this is good, but not great"
i am probably not making sense
it's fucking crazy that an album with production that is, at points, just a few clicks away from Pan Sonic or something has gone to number one, a place traditionally inhabited by Michael Buble or something.