Call me a pretentious hipster, but I have to set the record straight on Kayne West’s new album ‘Yeezus’.
People have been giving this album allot of praise, and though I like it, West has been getting way to much credit for the kind of sound and tone he presents with this release.
Some people go as far to call him a “Genius” and “Ahead of his time”. It reminded me of the praise his song ‘Blame Game' got for it's piano loop, which in actuality was a sample taken from Aphex Twin's 'Avril 14th’.
When it comes to mainstream music, yes, he is quite ahead of the game in comparison to other popular acts, but let it be clear that musically this record could have been released 15 years ago.
The entire album takes influence from many electronic acts ( minus the rap ) such a AFX, Venetian Snares, Biosphere, Plaid, Burial, µ-Ziq, Ceephax, Cylob, Clark etc. Even combining it with lyrics has been done before by acts like Death Grips.
Even some mainstream acts in the 90’s came with a similar sound like Manson for example.
I’m not saying he stole it or plainly ripped it off. Yeezus doesn’t feel that lazy and it’s well-produced. I just can’t stand the undeserved praise West is getting in regards to this type of production.
Perhaps I feel the need to write this out of spite. West has managed to sell a sound that otherwise is met a negative reactions like”WTF is this shit?! This isn’t music! It’s noise!” by most people. But now that an established name like him decides to take notice of the kind of music I’ve been listening to for years, all of a sudden it’s “AMAZING”.
Presenting my track ‘Abbess Pint’