Kanye West recording "Yeezus."
We're firing up our credit cards this morning as we finally get the chance to cop Kanye West's highly anticipated Yeezus, but thanks to a little leak Friday afternoon, we've been able to preview the tracks (and/or blow out our speakers with them over the weekend) before today's official release. The album is a stark, splintering departure from the lush, sweeping orchestral tendencies of Ye's previous My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, with Yeezus instead riddled with electricity and synth and DRUMS and #yeezyscreams. The new sound is unexpected and may only be immediately welcomed by ride-or-die Yeezy fans, but as far as lyrics go, Kanye brings his knack for storytelling and unflinching wit out full-force per usual.
Yeezus (much like West's accompanying New York Times interview) is rife with quotables, ranging from the acerbic "I'd rather be a d*** than a swallower" on his call-to-action "New Slaves" to the arguably tongue-in-cheek "Hurry up with my damn croissants" off "I Am A God." One thing is for sure, though: there's no shortage of fashion references. Rap Genius may have the most comprehensive unpacking of ALL of Ye's lyrics, but this world is our turf. (In Yeezy's own words, "Don't talk about style 'cause I'll embarrass you.") Thus, we took the liberty of noting every fash-specific line on Yeezus and are decoding them all right here.