Kanye West shocked the world with the release of his sixth solo album, Yeezus. And by shock the world, he truly threw it for a ‘loop’. For most of us, Yeezus was NOTHING like we expected it to be. Like the motto of reality television show Big Brother, ‘expect the unexpected.’ That is exactly the precedent that should be set for any Kanye West release. By now, all Mr. West fans should know he’s unpredictably musically, matching his idiosyncratic personality and questionable, um… tact (“George Bush doesn’t care about black people…”).
For critics, it has become standard practice to give the controversial, rapper/producer high marks and regard. If any one Kanye West album were to divide critics, it would have been Yeezus. Surprisingly, West’s ambition and arguably the ‘shock’ of the album kept critics favorably on West’s side. Some of my buds, the consumers, were more mixed.
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