Kanye West

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Yeezus is the sixth solo studio album by American hip hop recording artist and producer Kanye West. It was released June 18, 2013, by Def Jam Recordings. The album follows his 2010 effort, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. The album was primarily recorded in Paris, with West enlisting various artists and close collaborators for work and production on the album. West enlisted the help of producer Rick Rubin a mere week shy of its release to strip down the record's sound in favor of a more minimalist approach. Read more on

  1. gives it a: 5/5

    Oh sweet baby Yeezus! Unlike anything I’ve heard come out of the Hip-Hop community in awhile. I just really wish it wasn’t from Kanye.

  2. gives it a: 4/5

    Minimalism on the radio? You can say what you want about West as a societal nuisance, but there’s no denying the fresh, intensely brain rattling music contained here. It’s top shelf indifference, served up with surprisingly little garnish, just the elementals. Truly epic stuff.

  3. gives it a: 5/5

    I can’t stop listening to it. This is the kind of confrontational, complex, cerebral stuff that BELONGS in the mainstream.

  4. gives it a: 4/5

    ‘Yeezus’ is one of the most creative, entertaining, and impassioned things to come out of hip-hop in the last decade; the music and the production and the delivery are above reproach.

    Unfortunately, Kanye West is on it, and his lyrics are absolutely unbearable. He espouses insurmountable levels of hypocrisy, and the only way around it is to assume he’s so clever that he’s created a caricature of himself on purpose to make a point. I would not take that bet.

    It’s still awesome, though.