Counting Cruel Summer and Watch the Throne, Yeezus is Kanye West’s eighth studio album. It was marked by a passionate promotional campaign, which was heightened first by an über quotable three-day interview the MC gave to The New York Times contributor Jon Caramanica, and again when the album leaked prematurely last week.
Based on the critical response rolling out over the past seven days, it would appear that all the hype and excitement wasn’t in vain. On a set of self-awarded angel wings, Yeezus flys toward a perfert score, landing at a respectable 8.6 rating.
Minor critiques aside, with the way that everyone’s gushing over the Kanye’s anti-conformist mentality and his—dare we say it—God-like abilities, the high marks should come as no surprise.
“Yeezus is audacious, ornery and miles outside of what’s expected from Kanye West, and often what’s conventionally accepted in Hip Hop.” — HipHopDX
“Being a work of Kanye West, Yeezus is also a brilliant, obsessive-compulsive career auto-correct.” — Rolling Stone
“His intensity here has a heightened desperation as he howls into the void, but the Chicago native has always been beguiled by the view from above.” — Pitchfork
“…It's hard to imagine that landscape without the confessional bedroom-beats style that West first brought to the mainstream.” — Entertainment Weekly
If you haven’t already downloaded it illegally, Yeezus is available on stands now. It’s also streaming in full on Spotify.
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