Marc Lamont Hill
Professor/Author/Activist/Anthropologist. Host of HuffPost Live & Our1
Enjoying this new J Cole album. It's not as unconventional as Yeezus. It is, however, actually good.
In the final analysis, I give Yeezus a B-. Now on to J. Cole and Mac Miller...
Finally (for real this time) I'm genuinely worried about Kanye. I don't know him. But as a fan and listener, I worry that he's not ok.
Lots of rappers have lyrics that are misogynistic, but when I hear Kanye I literally FEEL a visceral hate for women other than Donda West.
It's funny that rappers like 2 Chainz or even Jay-Z will get called for misogyny, while Kanye is framed as the "good rapper."
And lastly, Kanye's albums are getting more and more disturbing in terms of their misogynistic content. A couple times, I was like "WOW"
And for the record, I'm still saying Ye's first album was a CLASSIC. It was part of its charm. Btw, Eminem was offbeat too for his first 3.
I'm not gonna argue with y'all about Kanye being off beat on early tracks. As a musician and someone with ears, I find that indisputable.
I also worry that Kanye is starting to buy into the "crazed genius/rockstar" thing. Some of it feels like he's trying a little too hard...
Yeezus is my least favorite Kanye album, both overall & lyrically. Although he was offbeat on College Dropout, the album was groundbreaking.
Kanye will never be confused with Black Thought on the lyrical tip, but this time his simplicity feels underdeveloped.
I don't mind Kanye being experimental & envelope pushing. hat's what he did with "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy."But it was interesting.
My problem with #Yeezus is that the lyricism doesn't match the grandness of the tracks... A few gems here and there, but nothing super dope.
Listened to Kanye West's Yeezus album one more time, this time with headphones on. It SOUNDS amazing... Sonically, he's at his best.