Kanye West’s new ‘Yeezus’ album an offensive, non-radio-friendly disaster?

This ^^^ is an image from Kanye West’s new album. Isn’t it crazy/magical? Only Kanye would be like “Yeah, I want a mask made out of diamonds.” We haven’t really discussed Kanye’s new, long-awaited album, have we? His new studio album is called Yeezus. As in “Jesus + ‘Ye = Yeezus”. As in, he’s calling himself Jesus, I guess. This is the album he’s been working on for so long in Paris. This is the reason he’s not involved with Kim’s pregnancy at all. Because he’s Yeezus. Anyway, Kanye has been releasing new songs to live audiences for the past month or so and people have already heard the title track, “Yeezus” and “Black Skinheads” and “New Slaves”. When Kanye performed in NYC over the weekend, he played a new song, this one called “I am a God”. He had to rant about it too:

Another concert, another controversy from Kanye West. The rapper, increasingly known for his bizarre on-stage rants, stunned the crowd at NYC’s Governor’s Ball last night when he debuted his new song “I am a God.”

The song, from his infamously-named new album, “Yeezus,” includes lyrics like, “I just talked to Jesus / And he said, ‘What’s up, Yeezus?’ / And I said, ‘S**t, I’m chili.’”

He courted controversy yet again with another new song, “Black Skinheads,” which featured sinister background dancers in black KKK-style hoods. The lyrics to that song also included religious taunts, like “If I don’t get ran out by Catholics / Here come some conservative Baptists / Saying he overreacting.”

Former Full House star Candace Cameron Bure, a conservative Christian recently spoke out against ‘Ye’s album, calling it “blasphemy” and ridiculing the star for “comparing himself to Jesus.”

But Kanye made it clear that he doesn’t care what the former “Full House” star or anyone else thinks during a fifteen-minute rant mid-show.

“This is the part of the show where I start complaining about s**t,” he warned the crowd. “…I’m just happy to be making music, happy to be able to perform that s**t for y’all. You know with this album, we ain’t drop no single to radio, we ain’t got no big NBA campaign, nothing like that. S**t, we ain’t got no cover. We just made some real music and you know like, back when I used to make albums and s**t. You know like, back when i used to make albums and s**t like couple years ago, three years ago, four years ago we’d go away and work on our album for five months or so, and we’d have to hold the album to like, August or September or ’til the perfect moment and s–t, being like, ‘I think you’re gonna sell more because you have more audience and radio and s**t.’”

“Well honestly,” he continued, “when I listen to radio, that ain’t where I wanna be no more. Honestly, at this point, I could give a f*** about selling a million records as long as I put out an album this summer that y’all can rock to all motherf***ing summer. And I don’t give a f*** that the label’s saying I can sell more records. And at this point, I don’t really give a f*** about outside opinions. All I give a f*** about is my motherf***ing clique.”

Speaking of his clique, Kanye spent the night before his concert celebrating his 36th birthday sans pregnant girlfriend Kim Kardashian the night before at Afro-Caribbean restaurant Miss Lily‘s until 3 am with Jay-Z, Beyonce, rapper Nas, Scott Disick and others.

[From Radar]

If you missed it, Kanye made some not-so-veiled references to the record executives who want Kanye to tone it down and edit some of his songs so they’ll be more radio-friendly. Page Six also had a lengthy, exclusive story about what’s going on behind-the-scenes at Def Jam:

Kanye West is driving Island Def Jam executives “crazy” with last-minute changes, a new producer and legal issues over his new album, “Yeezus.” Sources exclusively tell us that last week — just two weeks before the album drops — West brought in legendary producer Rick Rubin to help lay down additional tracks for the record, and Def Jam execs spent the week haggling over rights for a vocal he used on his song “Onsite.”

“Even by Kanye West standards, this is pushing it,” said a music industry source.

Page Six reported last week that after months spent in Paris recording, West was still working in the studio after early releases got mixed reviews. We hear that Rubin, the co-founder of Def Jam Records, was brought in to help West finish the album. Rubin will be listed as executive producer, sources said.

Def Jam executives haggled over rights to West’s racy song “Onsite,” where the rapper samples an old vocal track from kids in a Chicago church choir. We hear lawyers last week had to track down the choir director and members of the Holy Name of Mary Church choir on the South Side of Chicago to get clearance for the vocals.

Def Jam label chiefs were so worried about whether they would get rights to the track, producers re-recorded the vocals with a different choir to be used in case they couldn’t nail down an agreement with the Holy Name crew in time. By the end of the day Friday, we’re told, West decided to use the new recording with the other choir just to be safe.

[From Page Six]

Sounds like Kanye really wasn’t working so hard in Paris after all. Sounds like he just wanted to be in Paris rather than LA. As for Yeezus and the controversy and whether or not this is going to be a good album… I don’t know. I remember when Kanye went away for the better part of a year to make My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and everyone said he had lost it, but really… that’s his best album thus far. It was also released in November 2010. Is Kanye still capable of making good music (without Jay-Z’s help)? Or does he have too much drama?

Photos courtesy of WENN, PR Photos, Yeezus cover art.

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  1. DailyNightly says:

    Douchebag.

    • BB says:

      Can he make a good album without JayZ? Are you serious with that question? Kanye and JayZ have only did one album together, so to answer your question, yes, Kanye has made 4 great albums without JayZ. Kanye is a perfectionist and it kills me that tabloid and gossip rags like RadarOnline are so interested in Kanye’s music all of a sudden. I would rather listen to Kanye West all day instead Lil Wayne.

      • LL says:

        Agree with everything you said. Also, Jay-Z maybe the better rapper, Jay-Z hasn’t put a great in a long time. All KW albums have been great.

        To me he doesn’t need to release a single, his best songs on his album never have had a video or being played on the radio.

        Also, you have great 4 albums but its 5.

      • Haey says:

        no no.. his name is “kim kardahians baby daddy”

      • Latisse says:

        I agree with you. I think Kanye is more than capable of making great music w/out Jay Z, it’s what he’s been doing for years but all the negative attention he’s receiving is not the fault of the tabloids, it’s his fault. He brings it on himself and that’s really too bad because he is talented, it’s just that no one can remember how talented he is when he goes on another one of his crazy, ego-dripping, eye-roll inducing rants.

      • RMJ says:

        Agreed! That comment about having too much drama to make a good album is REALLY bizarre, too. Especially right after the reference to how awesome MBDTF is, which was made in the wake of the Taylor Swift VMAs debacle, which was a much bigger controversy than Kim K’s womb. Kanye’s life, especially in the press/gossip pages, has always been overflowing with drama. It’s never stopped him from making great music.

      • MCraw says:

        I love Kanye. Him making that album with JayZ did more to help J than himself. I mean, BP3 look n sound was pure Kanye, especially the cover art.

        I just wish he never got w Kim. He’s a dumbass for that. And I’ve ALWAYS loved his rants, post-Katrina was by far the best, most honest and vulnerable I’ve ever seen a man be on TV. And it was true.

    • LadyBird83 says:

      I just want him to disappear. He’s a horrible rapper and a shitbag of a person. His beats is all he has going for him. Even they’re sucking now.

    • Paula says:

      I agree. I hate Candace Cameron Bure too!

  2. Mrs. Peacock says:

    Somebody build this manchild a bridge so he can GET OVER HIMSELF.

  3. Pastyousayyouneverknew says:

    I tried to read his speech from the article from Radar and I couldn’t understand “Sh**t”. What did he even say? Is anyone willing to summarise lol? Any sympathy I had for him being dragged into the crazy fame-whoring kardashian train is gone. Still a douche. This guy hasn’t changed.

    • PinkG says:

      He’s trying to relate to the lesser ones.

    • littlestar says:

      I know, he sounded like an idiot. Does he not know how to speak properly or construct a proper sentence? I’m a big fan of his music, but no longer a fan of who Kanye is as a person. He’s had many incredible albums, but I’m not sure I can get behind his new one. It sounds too angry for me.

      Kind of off topic. I watched the Wiz Kalifa interview on Stroumboloupoulos the other night, and he spoke very well and had interesting things to say and was charming and polite. I compared him to Kanye West, who acts hostile to interviewers, has nothing of importance to say except that he’s constantly “persecuted”, and can barely string together a coherent sentence! Wtf happened to Kanye, or has he always been like this?

      • Yup, Me says:

        “He speaks so well?” Really? Does he? Is he so articulate?

      • littlestar says:

        I think you missed the point – he came across as a genuinely nice person while Kanye is rude and ignorant towards people. He wasn’t overly articulate, but yes, I was actually able to follow what he was saying. Kanye’s rant above, now that I did not comprehend.

    • EscapedConvent says:

      It’s probably good that his English professor mother isn’t around to hear all this sh*t. If my kid talked sh*t like that, I would lock him in the house & sh*t, until he decided to talk sh*t properly like I taught him. I’d open his bedroom door every few days & throw in some books & sh*t, to refresh his memory.

      And if I saw him posing on a crucifix, well…..there’d be some psychiatric evaluation & sh*t.

  4. gillie says:

    Someone really likes himself.

    • gg says:

      Someobody also went to Cirque du Soleil and copied the hell out of their Crystal Man costume.

      • The Original Tiffany says:

        Hilarious isn’t it? Our Crystal man has been performing for 5 years now. If you look at ours, it is pretty darned close to Kanye’s. Nothing he does is original.

        Here is a picture. :) http://montreal.about.com/od/cirquedusoleil/fr/totem_cirque_du_soleil_review_robert_lepage_2.htm

      • Beatriz says:

        I did not know this :O! Thanks @gg and The Original Tiffany for posting.

      • Liberty says:

        Um, it also looks like my Parisian great-grandmother’s evening bag stuck on his head. Like, exactly.

      • ag says:

        It’s a Maison Martin Margiela mask, and they’ve been doing masks like that for years.

      • Belle Epoch says:

        “Nothing he does is original” – yes. Maybe that’s why he has to do so much ranting. The religious stuff was all mined by Madonna a century ago. He thinks he is “saving rap” but he doesn’t seem to realize he is completely derivative. Louder and more violent does not make his work more original.

        LOL he wasn’t working so hard after all! A week before album release he should not still be throwing stuff against the wall to see what sticks.

  5. mytbean says:

    I’m always intrigued by how fame can totally warp a person’s perspectives. We get it… he’s feeling persecuted for his message – whatever it is. And now he’s tired of being professional and working with professionals because he has enough money to extend his eccentricities.

    Frankly all his pretentious crap is making me yawn. He’s becoming the black version of James Franco.

    • QQ says:

      I was gonna say Emo Trent Reznor mixed with a dash or 4 of crazy

    • Tiffany :) says:

      I think Lainey summed him up pretty well. She wrote this a while ago,but it still applies:

      “he was self creating drama in the search for inspiration.

      Like his well was empty. And “he’s pillaged everything he can from his past struggles and now there’s nothing left, no other option in his mind but to manufacture controversy in the hopes of finding a muse on the other end, a desperate artist fearing his last masterpiece is behind him, and selling his soul in exchange for a vision”.

  6. lana says:

    he seems to be sort of weak in brain area…But, exploitation of the christian symbols and names as means to shock and attract attention is nothing new in entertainment industry…It’s also a sign of bad taste and having nothing to say.

    • TG says:

      Yes didn’t Madona do this stuff decades ago? This is nothing new. Also, do his fans enjoy listening to rants that aren’t even in English? Seems like if you use words for a living you would also be good at English grammar.

      • StormsMama says:

        This s a guy who proudly said he doesn’t like to read; then put out a book with pages that were largely blank or marked with a word or phrase. He’s a dumbass. Sure he’s got talent but he’s still a dumbass. And now he’s a dumbass with a Jesus complex. Oh great. How VERY original and fresh.

    • Tapioca says:

      Well, quite. Not quite brave and pioneering enough to call an album “Yohammed” is he?

      The imagery was tired the first time Madonna did it, yawn…

      • Jackson says:

        You get a +3 from me on the “Yohammed” comment. Too. True.

      • gg says:

        Omg, this. ^^^ lol

      • Neekie says:

        This!!!!

      • littlestar says:

        “Yohammed” — This! Best comment of the day! Thank you for that. I really wish someone like you would challenge Kanye.

      • HappyMom says:

        Bingo!

      • DreamyK says:

        You win everything.

      • Nerd Alert says:

        Well to be fair, he could probably get killed for that. At a certain point, it’s not bravery it’s just stupid.

        Then again I’m guessing he knows as much about the world outside his head as KK does. Point taken.

      • Asiyah says:

        Part of the reason why he doesn’t do that, aside from fear, is because the image of Jesus in Christianity is that he is both a deity and a martyr. Calling himself by any other name wouldn’t coincide with Kanye’s martyr complex, because he keeps insisting he’s a victim. But I understood your point and it’s a fair question to ask.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        “Calling himself by any other name wouldn’t coincide with Kanye’s martyr complex, because he keeps insisting he’s a victim.”

        Really great point!

    • YEP_ITS_HER says:

      Funnily these ‘edgy’ artists when attempting to be subversive always tend to mock Christianity. Kanye, Jay Z (Calling himself Jay-Hova) and Madonna and her issues with Catholicism. Hmmmm. Not particularly original. Even the usually innovative David Bowie most recent music vid mocks Christ. Why don’t great create minds ever use Islamic symbols and religion for example in their endeavours? – After all it is the second biggest religion in the world. I mean that would truly push boundaries. But of course they wouldn’t dare.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        I can’t speak for them, but I think a big part of chosing Christianity and Catholism is that is the religion these folks grew up in. It makes sense that the church they went to every Sunday as a kid would influence their work adults.

    • ag says:

      Kanye stans have been calling him Yeezus for years on forums. I think the name is more of an in-joke with his hardcore fanbase than evidence of an actual Jesus complex. It’s also a way for him to stir shit, obviously, but I think it’s mostly just Kanye’s weird idea of a joke.

  7. JenD says:

    Aside from the offensive religious references, his rant to the audience just sounds ignorant and stupid. Just confirms that he’s an idiot.

  8. Dawn says:

    Why does he insist on sounding all gangsters like when he is a middle class kid from Chicago? What a phony. Everything he continues to rail about is in fact everything he is. Somebody somewhere will call this douche out for his continuous rants about what at the end of the day is his own life style. Every time I read about another tantrum thrown by this man-child I think of the people who continue to support him and wonder if Anna Wintour feels this way or Loren Michaels or Jay-Z? Because if his supporters feel this way I want nothing to do with them and their products either, I hardly call what Kanye does genius work of any kind, just foul mouthed ranting. He so deserves to be a “Kardashian” at the end of the day because in his own way he is just as gross.

    • LL says:

      Why does he insist on sounding all gangsters like when he is a middle class kid from Chicago? What a phony.

      How does he sound gangsta. Kanye’s been rapping like since he came in the rap game. Maybe if listen to his music, you wouldn’t make that assumption.

      • Naye in VA says:

        I Odnt agree with the “gangsta” part, but im really done with his overuse of curs words. There is a time and a place to drop f-bombs(Im a fan of f-bombs especially), but if they litter every sentence you say…you just sound stupid.

      • Hakura says:

        @Naye in VA – “ There is a time and a place to drop f-bombs(Im a fan of f-bombs especially), but if they litter every sentence you say…you just sound stupid.

        I agree, it ends up making you sound uneducated or totally inarticulate when you have to curse every other sentence. Plus, the more one uses a word like that, the less meaning/power it has. My brother has a habit of over-using the F & MF-bomb (like, all the time.), & it just loses it’s point, even when he uses it at an appropriate time or situation.

        Where-as I very rarely say the word (F-bombs, I don’t use MF)… So when I do say it, you know I mean it. There’s still a ‘power’ & ‘meaning’ behind it, because of that. (If that makes any sense).

      • YEP_ITS_HER says:

        Indeed he was. He was fake doing it then and he is fake now.

    • gogoGorilla says:

      I think @Dawn is referencing his refusal to use grammatically correct English, which is odd considering he was raised by a mother who was an English professor. So you know he *knows* how to speak correctly. He just chooses not to because he must think it gives him credibility of some sort.

      • MonicaQ says:

        Because it’s how you talk. I can’t tell you how often I got told as a kid and even now as an adult with an English degree by my family that I “talk white”. It’s a sneer, a “you forgot where you came from”, a shot that you’ve somehow forgot your “blackness”.

        So do I intentionally clip my language at family reunions? Yes. But do I do so at work, around my friends, and around my immediate family? No. It’s a far more complicated issue than just “he’s trying to sound gangsta”.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        Yeah…even after removing the race and socioeconomic context, I think we all speak differently depending on who we’re socializing with. I’m not going to be dropping f-bombs in front of my boss or my grandparents and you won’t hear me use the word “dong” around them either ya know?

        I think he went a bit far with the curse words but I don’t fault him for turning it up a notch when he’s performing.

      • gg says:

        I don’t hear Jay-Z talk like that. Granted, I’ve never been to one of his shows, but I’ve seen him on TV and he talks and acts pretty normal.

      • gogoGorilla says:

        @MonicaQ, I really appreciate your perspective, but it’s not “because that’s how I talk.” It’s the correct form of English proper, which you know may be quite different from cultural variants (and while they may be widely used, they are not considered mechanically correct). His mother was an English professor and he grew up in the suburbs, so he just sounds like he is trying very hard.

        No disrespect meant, really.

      • MonicaQ says:

        @gogoGorilla no, I understand that he sounds like he’s trying but that’s his target audience. I can only think off the top of my head Common as being a rapper that puts together things that aren’t in AAV and doesn’t get flack for it because he has great flow and is a great lyricist. But Kanye doesn’t have that luxury–he has to focus down to the most common denominator to target with his music so it’s why he sounds like a characture more than a rapper.

        @steph I do switch like I said around friends and close family and work vs. Extended family reunions. It doesn’t bother me really, it’s just something I did and didn’t even notice I did until my husband (who’s white) pointed it out. It is what it is I figure.

      • jwoolman says:

        He’s just speaking a different dialect than academic English. I’m sure he’s bilingual in the two dialects and can switch between them depending on the situation. It’s very common. I do the same myself, and I have to write academic English for hours on end as a scientific translator. The “standard” dialect isn’t better than the rest, it just serves as a much needed lingua franca for both written and spoken communication between people from different cultural groups/different home or street dialects. Some people are so immersed in an academic dialect speaking environment that they essentially have only that dialect and can mistakenly assume it’s the only “correct” one.. But most of us routinely shift between at least two. All dialects have the characteristics of a real language: consistent grammar, consistent vocabulary with rules for creating new words and shifting usage for old words, etc. Actually the most complex languages tend to be created by the most isolated groups- we tend to simplify our languages when mixing with new people.

        I’ve known people who grew up with two primary languages, for example Colombian Spanish and US English or Ukrainian and US English, because they spent significant amounts of time in different countries or had parents who spoke different languages. They say that the language they think in varies with the subject, since often their known vocabulary is very different for the two languages. They might be able to talk about family/friend issues in one language but shift to whatever language was used in school for other things.

      • Shannon says:

        It’s called Ebonics. Or it’s called sounding like a complete and utter moron.

    • Dawn says:

      Wow…five replies! Thanks everyone for sharing your thoughts. I take it back maybe he doesn’t act gangster like but I still think he is one big phony and I hate that he is always using the muther F-n phrase and I will never buy into his rap so maybe I shouldn’t have an opinion on that. But he is still with the KrapTrashian klan and that speaks to his saying this and living that. And maybe I am wrong about that too and Kimmode is just his Yoko and soon we will be hearing about her trying to sing on his albums too!

      • TheOneAndOnly says:

        Great comments and i’ll go further all the great bands of the 60s/70s – rock,reggae,soul,motown – were creative without using the f word in every sentence – it’s just lazyness and lack of creativity – i’ve tried to like rap but i just can’t it takes far far less talent than actually singing live and playing an instrument.

      • Hakura says:

        @Dawn – I’m a little late on this 1, & admittedly I don’t keep up w/hip hop.

        But I did read about how Kanye wasn’t a respected rapper *at all* until he was mentored by a few others. I know Jay-Z was 1 of them, but the main influence on his style was supposedly a rapper/record producer called ‘No ID’ (AKA (according to Wiki) Ernest Wilson/Dion Immenslope).

        Those familiar w/his ‘style’ of rapping say that Kanye’s is almost identical. So it would at least ‘make sense’ that Kanye would try to apply that to his lyrics.

        (Not that I’m a fan, by any means).

  9. marie says:

    Kanye will always be Kayne’s biggest fan. I doubt I’ll get/download the new CD because I haven’t bought anything from him since his mouth became more than his music.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      Yeah I’ve been over him since the final KK nail was slammed into his coffin.

  10. LL says:

    I might be in the minority but I still like Kanye…even after all the stunts he has pulled I still like him. I love his music and plan on adding this album to my Kanye West collection like the others. All of his albums have been great except Cruel Summer(I won’t count even though its a compilation album).

    Also, I agree that with him on there isn’t much or anything on the radio. I mostly listen to songs and albums from the past. I can’t wait for this album to drop and hear the tracks (not live performances).

    • oliveo says:

      Totally agree. Kanye can be a d-bag as a celebrity, but as a musician, I still think he’s great. I’m looking forward to Yeezus, too, and hoping it can measure up to My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy :)

    • Leah says:

      I agree. I cant stand his involvement with the kardashians and it makes a bit more sceptical about his next CD because i really dont wanna listen to rants about Kim. But you cant deny he has made some great music, My beautiful dark twisted fantasy was a masterpiece in my opinion.

    • bluecalling says:

      you are not.

      even the “this s#!t isn’t even good”-mercy had me loving him. so yeah, he’s good.

    • jwoolman says:

      Yes, today the radio is no longer necessary as the way to get people to buy albums or individual songs (I’m old enough to remember when we bought singles on little 45 rpm records, one song on the front and the other on the back). People can buy individual songs or albums after hearing a sample online or hearing it on a friend’s device or YouTube or on a website. It’s a whole new ball game.

      The disadvantage of the radio system was censorship, but that also was an advantage because it forced people to be more clever than just tossing in the f word and its ilk every other word. Such words lose their power quickly when overused.

      • Hakura says:

        @jwoolman – “Such words lose their power quickly when overused.”

        Completely agree. Said something similar above (before reading your comment). My brother has that habit, using the f & mf-bombs too much. I hardly ever use the f-word, so people know when I say it, I mean it.

        This being something my brother has lost as a result of overuse. Just doesn’t mean anything, anymore. I do also agree that artists depend too heavily on cursing now that the game has changed, & the radio has become unnecessary for a successful music career.

        I always hate cases where people try to use inserting cursing into their lyrics to try to change their image, make themselves appear ‘bad-ass’ somehow. (coughMileyCyruscough)

    • Shannon says:

      Some of his songs are awesome. Like his earlier stuff I love. “Through the Wire” or “When It All Falls Down” or “Good Life” to name a few. Dude is talented and writes catchy rap songs but the Jesus complex is very off putting. There’s only one Jesus and you ain’t it, Kanye. FAR from it. It’s like get a grip asshole.

  11. Jaded says:

    So he’s basically becoming a male version of Madonna with all the faux religion-bashing and cross-wearing and self-obsession and pretentiously vapid statements full of scatological references and swear words, all the time thinking he’s the most profound person since Moses.

    I think not. F*ck off Kanye. Go back to your Kartrashians and STFU.

  12. DanaG says:

    When you start calling yourself jesus and using props to gain attention then yes the album probably sucks. Kanye is already covering his ugly butt by saying he did for himself well great don’t expect others to pay their hard earned money for your self indulgent bunch of nonsensical drivel. It’s like complaining about pap attention while dating a famewhore. I do like that mask though he should wear it every day anything so we don’t have to see his sourpuss ugly face. Wonder if he will feel the same if the record company drops him?

  13. Eleonor says:

    I don’t like him, but because I don’t like this kind of music stuff. But that picture, the incrusted dimond face is AMAZING. Something Mc Queen would have done.

    • gg says:

      Yes, genius, not even his idea. See my comment above – this being basically the headpiece of the Crystal Man costume at Cirque du Soleil Totem.

  14. Tiffany27 says:

    He’s a diq.

  15. LahdidahBaby says:

    His jacket in the last pic is too small, looks jakey. Maybe his ego is taking up too much of the space where his torso is supposed to be. I like some of his music, but his self-adoration is creeping me out, so I doubt i’ll buy this new album. He is the god of his church, clearly, and he is fanatical in his worship.

    Our ‘Ye
    Who aren’t in LA
    “Hell no” be thy name
    Thy kingdom lies
    Far from Babymamma’s eyes
    And thy fathering instinct is lame.

  16. LadyMTL says:

    Yeezus Kanye, shut up and get over yourself. “Jesus Walks” is a great song but guess what…you ain’t him!

    • Barhey says:

      That’s where I’m totally lost. I thought Jesus Walks was an incredible song. He calls out the studios who applaud him for wrapping out sex or violence but shut him down for talking about his faith.

      Now he’s suddenly turning around and slamming Christianity? I guess I don’t get him or his message at all

      • lana says:

        that’s because there is no message. Only the message “look at me, i’m so cool, whatever”

  17. epiphany says:

    Wonder if Riccardo designed that diamond mask for him? An engagement mask, maybe?

  18. anneesezz says:

    Sorry you can’t act badass when you are hooked up with that famewh0re KK.

  19. Bopit says:

    It hurts my heart to see that crucifixion cover. And just the mere fact that someone could even possibly compare/reference themselves to the Lord… ugh. This is above and beyond doing something for shock value, this is just tasteless.

    • Nicolette says:

      It bothers me a lot too. It’s just something that shouldn’t be done, and it’s wrong. What do you expect from a talentless idiot who can’t seem to finish a sentence without cursing?

    • Beatrix says:

      Freedom of religion and speech, remember? He could be making Atheist remarks or taking an anti-faith stance, or hell, even just reveling in narcissism; he’s allowed to and has the right to express and do whatever he wishes, especially through artistic license.

      • Beatrix says:

        ****Mind you, some of these lyrics seem dubious and slightly asinine. However, I respect anyone who legitimately criticizes traditional institutions, it’s how we get societal progress.

      • Nerd Alert says:

        +1000

        I’m with you, Beatrix. If people are offended by this it is only because they allow themselves to be. The point was to offend–one of the functions of art is to make people stop, think, question the norm. Not that ‘Ye’s raps are high art or anything, but it counts ;)

    • UghInsomnia says:

      Many, many people were crucified, not just Jesus. I get that that’s what he’s going for (comparing his non-struggling millionaire self to Jesus,) but Jesus doesn’t have a monopoly on that horrific kind of death.

  20. serena says:

    ‘This is the reason he’s not involved with Kim’s pregnancy at all. Because he’s Yeezus.’ OMG I laughed so hard at that, thank you. LOL

    • Liberty says:

      Haha yes! I am sipping a Champagne cocktail on a summer night waiting for my friends and just read that and nearly inhaled the liquid! Fabulous line.

  21. e.non says:

    “Yeezus,” includes lyrics like, “I just talked to Jesus / And he said, ‘What’s up, Yeezus?’ / And I said, ‘S**t, I’m chili.’”

    this guy is considered a friggin genius? are you shitting me? i can honestly say i’ve never heard his music nor seem him perform; but if this is representative of his awesomeness — please excuse me while i dissolve into fits of laughter.

    • Diana says:

      In fairness, I don’t think even his greatest fans would consider him a genius. At least, I hope not.

      He *does* have some decent music, though. I think. His earlier albums, up to My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, have some pretty okay music on them. Yeezus, and his recent songs, are him just taking a flying leap off the cliffs of sanity and cultural relevancy. Just a hot mess of grossness.

    • MissMoody says:

      Listen to “Never Let Me Down” from the College Dropout. It’s a song he did with Jay Z but Kanye’s verse on that song is basically why I will continue to listen to his music and hope that he can make a musical comeback of sorts. It’s goosebump-worthy

      • Savannah says:

        College Dropout is his best work, other than some stuff he did with Do or Die way back in the day.

      • Me says:

        When I listen to that verse and think about how he is now, it just negates any credibility he once had to me.

      • china says:

        I loved his first 3 albums. He WAS great, now just obnoxious. Kanye west doesn’t care about white people!!!

      • Nerd Alert says:

        That album was big when I was in college. Me and my best friend fell in love with Kanye back then. His first few were so good. I’ve only seen his performances on SNL from the new album but I didn’t love them. And what was the all auto-tuned album? I hated that. I think I lost hope for his career when that came out.

  22. Mar says:

    He is nauseating honestly. I can’t respect a man that is so adamant about not being a celeb or a phony, yet he is having a baby with the queen of all phony things.
    I do appreciate how he does not want to go commercial in this album, with no radio friendly tracks, that is very early 1990s rap of him, but he is such an out of touch narcissist.

  23. Mar says:

    He is nauseating honestly. I can’t respect a man that is so adamant about not being a celeb or a phony, yet he is having a baby with the queen of all phony things.
    I do appreciate how he does not want to go commercial in this album, with no radio friendly tracks, that is very early 1990s rap of him, but he is such an out of touch narcissist. He also in an a hole to Kim

  24. Barrett says:

    I like some of his old stuff. But he really is CRAZY. Is he too self centered and off the deep end now?

  25. dorothy says:

    Talk about egotistic! That’s ok, he’s having a baby with the Kardashian’s….Karma’s a bitch.

  26. gg says:

    Hey Dipthong: Don’t even use the word “rock”. Don’t even. You don’t know what it is and you don’t do it. Just don’t even go there.

  27. Alexandra says:

    Sometimes he makes a decent song – but he is one odd dude…

  28. The Original G says:

    He’s a gown-ass pop artist who doesn’t need the money anymore and if this is his statement, more power to him. A lot of his irascability is PR. Time will tell is it succeeds or flops.

    • gg says:

      Not really – a lot of his irascibility is his verbatim rants onstage. Can’t blame that on “PR”. PR would tell him to stfu.

      • The Original G says:

        But that’s his schtick? He’s “apparently” anti PR, anti-record company advice anti-radio, etc.

      • gg says:

        Oh, I gotcha. Yes, that is his schtick. He can’t just laugh at it like anyone else?

        Obviously his real issues are not about press. Whatever is keeping him from attaining humility is also holding him back from even a small degree of happiness. I would really love to hear him just once say he’s grateful for something he has, besides $$$$$ and privilege. Even Will.I.Am, with all his excess, is having a good time with his life and it shows.

  29. MonicaQ says:

    It’s kinda disappointing how he used to not suck and now he does. It sounds childish but that’s really how it is.

    • bluhare says:

      Actually, MonicaQ, you are precise and to the point.

      And isn’t he committing career suicide if he isn’t releasing songs like everyone else?

    • MissMoody says:

      +1

    • Nerd Alert says:

      Agreed! A part of me wants him to stop sucking, but another part of me knows you can’t go back once you’ve been Yeezus.

  30. Dedrie says:

    Pretty much describes his and the Kim’s personalities.. but add televised, video, movies and papp’ed stories..

  31. Dedrie says:

    He wants to rant and whine about injustice, lack of talent and wisdom among the many less fortunate.. and prove by noticing.. and we bow to his perfection being above all the badness with his riches and fame, he’s special, not gonna change it and invest his money, spirit, time where his eyes, brain and mouth finds tragedy, troubles and woe..

  32. Lee says:

    My bible didn’t have pictures so I must have missed the parts where Jesus wore fur and impregnated married women. I can only assume Kanye is reading from a modern translation and that is the Jesus he emulating.

    I think Kanye likes to be hated. I think it makes him feel like he’s a trailblazer and everyone who doesn’t support him is an uneducated peasant who isn’t “deep” enough to understand his message.

    Really with titles like “Yeezus”, “Black Skinheads”, “New Slaves”, and the one where he talks about how Kim likes “that chocolate d**k” I really fail to see why anyone would support this album. It’s like he’s gone out of his way offend as many listeners as possible.

    If Kanye feels so crucified by the press, then perhaps he should consider acting like a mature human being.

    • IzzyB says:

      Your first paragraph had me laughing at my desk, thank you :)
      I too think I read a stuffy old bible. I wonder how the modern one ends with such brilliant beginnings as those.

      I think you’re right, he feeds off their hatred and feeling persecuted. What’ll he do when nobody cares any more?

  33. dcypher1 says:

    I’m not a religious person but I don’t think its right to go around and disrespecting other peoples beliefs. All this sacrilegious imagery is not art its offensive and to say ur god and Jesus he’s lost his mind. The boy needs Jesus in his life not to be Jesus. Get ur ass to church kanye and take care of ur bm Kim. And all that Jesus bashing isn’t going to sell records either.

    • Nina W says:

      I’m sorry but it’s kind of silly to find such juvenile button-pushing offensive. I’m no fan of KW but plenty of others have already successfully tread this territory so it seems derivative rather than shocking and I certainly don’t see anything particularly interesting in what he’s doing.

  34. lisa says:

    it makes me happy that i honestly think his music is terrible

    his recent performance on SNL had me laughing my a$$ off, just so much ado about nothing.

  35. Paloma says:

    And whatshername wants to marry this person?

  36. Jackson says:

    Ugh. +1s to everyone in this post who calls out this self-centered, self-aggrandizing narcissist.

  37. gg says:

    I love how he rants and rants about things holding him back from whatever. The man absolutely does whatever he wants (stays in France for his baby’s entire gestation, doesn’t plan to spend any time with the kid after birth, ignores the hell out of Kim, jumps up onstage and takes over when youngsters are receiving their first Grammy, the list goes on …) and he still complains he’s being held back. By WHOM? He’s bored, I tell ya. He WANTS somebody to cross him so he’ll have an excuse to explode. He needs meds and therapy like nobody on this Earth.

    • littlestar says:

      Yup, he does need meds and therapy. It sounds like he had a decent life growing up and now he’s a multi-millionare. Why does he act like he’s so persecuted?

      *shaking my head over here at what a loser Kanye has become*

    • Boom boom says:

      I just feel like Kanye has no relevancy and nothing indightful to share since he hooked up with the modt

  38. Feebee says:

    This guy is out and out hilarious!!! I can only shake my head.

  39. Chicagogurl says:

    Does anyone else remember the line of jesus necklaces he was creating like 3 albums ago (with jacob the jeweler). He came out wearing this huge face of jesus on his chest and 1/2 the rap community said something because ‘Ye made jesus white instead of black or dark skinned…he got so pissed he never wore the damn $300K necklace again and stopped designing them. I think everyone knows he’s talented and WAY TOO HYPERFUCKINGSENSITIVE. Its such a joke – he takes himself way too seriously. He’s much better with beats than words — which is why My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy turned out so well and why this album won’t. Its not that he can’t have “controversial” art or lyrics — it’s that it’s already been done and much better by Rage Against the Machine and Public Enemy — Ye’s lyrics will just never hold up by comparison.

    • apsutter says:

      I think he can do controversial well(just look at Diamonds or Jesus Walks) but now I think he’s past that point. The ego on this man is astounding. Add to that the fact that he acts like he’s only doing things for his “art” when everyone can see that he’s one of the biggest attention seeking drama queens out there.

  40. the original bellaluna says:

    Most of his drama is self-created.

  41. Joy says:

    He’ll start to care about selling albums when his $$ runs out.

  42. Greenieweenie says:

    I love me some Kanye. I think he’s an artist, I think his anger is appropriate, and I don’t think he’s all wrong with his “Bush hates black people,” and “Beyonce was better” observations.

    HOWEVER, Kanye, while you may be a black man, you are still a RICH, privileged motherf*er who could do more than publicly sulk about these kinds of things. No one really cared when Prince wrote slave all over his face either. You’re a slave? If you’re a slave, with all that power you have, I’m a slave ten times over.

    For that matter, do something for your fucking people. Quit identifying as the underdog and identify as a black man in a civil rights movement that ain’t over. Call attention to this f* up criminal justice system; call out socioeconomic inequalities; call out the average every day racism–then maybe you’ll start to see changes in those things you’re constantly bitching and moaning about. Welcome to a f* women’s world, my friend. We’re shit on by men, too.

    • apsutter says:

      I do agree about Kanye being incredibly rich and powerful and still whining. Kanye could be out there actively doing a hell of a lot of good for this world. Instead he acts like an ostentatious little bitch who’s only priorities are attending fashion shows, “designing” clothes, and making music.

      However, I think Prince was totally in the right when he wrote slave on his face. His entire musical catalog and identity was stolen by his record company. How would it feel to be signed onto a record company and then dedicate your life to making your music only to have that company claim that they own everything that YOU wrote and that they own your own name?

      • EscapedConvent says:

        I think you’re right about Prince. I recall not being offended or shocked at all when he wrote “slave” on his face. I thought it made sense.

        If Kanye thinks he will ever have the influence & artistic chops of Prince, he’s a lunatic.

    • michiem says:

      Green –
      It looks like his antics are already overshadowing his new music. Because what you are asking him to do – be a messenger of societal problems, well that’s what he IS doing with this album.
      “New Slaves” is about how corporations are running the prison system in this country. This should not just alarm black and hispanic minorities but anyone with a vested interest in their civil liberties. To what lengths would these corps go to keep having a revolving door in the jails? Think about that…
      http://theweek.com/article/index/244449/the-politics-behind-kanye-wests-new-slaves

      • Greenieweenie says:

        I was thinking more concretely, as in actually being involved in activism…music is great, but it won’t change the world. Where have all the Medgar Evers gone? Jay-Z has potential, but he’s busy becoming a billionaire. Kanye has the anger; do something with it. The 90s were full of angry music…and that led us to Britney Spears.

        Re: Prince, I just think your average Joe didn’t care. Right or wrong, it’s hard to get people to care about the money squabbles of the rich and famous.

      • Greenieweenie says:

        Just read that article–that’s exactly what I’m talking about! yes, Kanye correctly observed the f*-upness of our prison system and how it’s becoming the new Jim Crow…and what does he do with this observation? Bury it in misogyny. He’s right: he is the son of an English professor. So do better. Make better music? How about do more with your music? Take it somewhere that can actually resonate socially and politically…forget getting caught up in the corporatization of music whine. No1curr when you’re a millionaire.

      • anon33 says:

        greenieweenie, plus one billion to every point you have made. well said.

  43. Asiyah says:

    I don’t like the title of his album. While I’m not Christian so I don’t consider Jesus a deity or God I am Muslim and Jesus is an important prophet and messenger and I feel this album title is disrespectful. I understand some people like to shock and stuff, but if you claim that you believe in something (as Kanye claims he believes in God and in Christianity), show respect for what you believe and put aside your vanity and need for attention. People will be more likely to respect you if you show respect for yourself. Furthermore, from a nonreligious perspective (because I am aware that not everyone is religious), the album title is just plain boring. It wouldn’t appeal to me. It doesn’t inspire me to buy the album.

    Overall, I recognize Kanye’s talent and how he can make great music, but I feel that he is spiraling out of control. Not only is he more egotistical, but he is lying to himself when he says he just wants to make music. That’s not all he wants. He might not want to be a total famewh*re like his “girlfriend” but he does want to create a buzz and be the talk of the town. That’s why he’s trying to shock. Also, he is still reeling from his mother’s death, and unless he gets some real help and truly grieves, he will continue to be extremely eccentric to the point of self-destruction.

  44. Viv says:

    Does that then make Kim K Maria Magdalena?
    Finally, I get it. Ohhh-kaaaay.

  45. Brat says:

    If you have to use that much profanity to get your point across, you’re just showing everyone you’re an idiot. For an idiot to have that much power… to have thousands of people listening to him, hanging on is every word is scary.

  46. apsutter says:

    So it looks like Kanye is entering his bloated, gold suit wearing fat-ass Elvis phase. Or in the part of that movie “Walk Hard” when Dewey starts doing tons of drugs and tries to make a musical abomination with like a thousand instruments but it really just sounds like shit.

    Also I stand by my statement that MBDTF is Kanye’s masterpiece. That was a damned good album.

  47. Madpoe says:

    CD bound to be in the $5 bin soon.

  48. Itsa Reallyme says:

    He’s delusional. I’ve never paid attention to him when he speaks but based on the above quotes, he really can’t string any intelligent words together. Did he go to school?

  49. diva says:

    Kanye may be a lot of things but he is a great artist. Much better than Jay z. I personally like Kanye’s older stuff more than his new material. I don’t agree with Kanye calling himself yeezus but I guess he got that from his “big brother” who calls himself Jay hova. also beyonce’s crazy fans calling her beysus. Just blasphemy all around.

  50. TOPgirl says:

    That picture is not shocking at all….it’s not as shocking as Lady Gaga.

  51. Me says:

    Lol. This f*cking clown. I’d say he’s delusional but there are far too many idiots feeding into his crap. I was over Kanye about 3 albums ago.

  52. Nerd Alert says:

    This all reminds me of Marilyn Manson when I was a teenager. He did a lot of crazy, f-cked up shit just for the controversy. MM cared less about the publicity than pissing people off, IMO. When you piss certain people off, certain other people love you more.

    Kanye’s really just trying to piss people off, and it’s working. Sure, he’s got a superiority complex to go along with it, but at the end of the day he’s just high on his own farts trying to get a rise out of people.

    Not a huge fan of either, but not offended certainly. *shrugs*

  53. JD says:

    Oh how I miss Marvin Gaye… : (

  54. anne says:

    On a cross? Does he think he is the next Christ or does he feel like he’s being crucified by the Dash clan?

  55. tabasco says:

    pop star on a crucifix. how original. *eyeroll*

  56. skuddles says:

    Pretentious douche x infinity. He needs to go away forever.

  57. EscapedConvent says:

    He clearly has no idea how stupid that mask looks, or how ridiculous it is to pose on a cross & call himself “Yeezus.” The level of delusion it takes to do this is off the charts.

    And do his lyrics really contain a dialogue between himself & Jesus? Oh My God!

    If this is just performance schtick, it makes him look like an attention-starved ass. If he really thinks he’s “Yeezus,” a team of psychiatrists, working around the clock, couldn’t help him back down to earth.

  58. GEORGINA says:

    I am catholic and I find this douchebag extremely offensive. Not only he is super dellusional thinking he is a “God” (that’s what happens when you use too much cocaine I guess) but even though I am latina I find offensive the fact that he dressed up his backup dancers as members of the KKK but instead of white robes he used black ones. IF he is so wounded by the slavery, by the racism, by the difference in social/economic classes why is he driving 750.000 dollars cars, wearing diamonds, fur, living in mansions, flying in private planes, giving his baby mamma the Karthrasian luxurious gifts, why he didn’t say to the Karthrasian “let’s ask our millionaire friends not to give us $13.000 dollars high chairs but instead donate the money to an orphanage”.
    This douchebag has the biggest ego on planet earth, he is disrespectul, racist (he likes to think caucasian people are less than him, look at what he did to Taylor swift on stage), he must be in some kind of drugs: molly, coke, I don’t know. His poor mother, RIP, a great woman and educator, would be embarrased to see what became of him

  59. Psyren says:

    This man hasn’t been right since his mom died. He needs to get rid of Kim and surround himself with people who are true friends and will call him on it when he does idiotic stuff like this.

  60. Jennifer12 says:

    This guy is not edgy and urban like he thinks he is. Good heavens, has everyone turned into mall rebels? Ian MacKaye, where are you?

  61. EscapedConvent says:

    I went off on Yeezus earlier today, but I just realized I missed something, & so did Kanye.

    He missed the point that Jesus, his Mentor, wouldn’t be caught dead wearing those gold chains.

    • YEP_ITS_HER says:

      I doubt Jesus is his mentor. I have a feeling Freemasonry has a lot to do with his mindset. I actually believe he believes he is a God.

  62. Anastasia says:

    Both he and Kim are so incredibly narcissistic, I wonder if they’ll even notice their child when she gets here.

  63. Isabella says:

    Ugh. Pass.

  64. Nibbi says:

    I have to admit it, i seriously enjoy him as a celebrity. His lyrics can be amazing, he’s unquestionably talented as hell, he’s bitchy, he’s angry, he’s always got some new crazy antics going on, AND he has managed to step on two of the other celebs i find most annoying, taylor switft and kk (cuz let’s be honest…) what’s not to be… Thoroughly entertained by? It’s almost funny :)

  65. Sassy says:

    After reading “we ain’t got no…” that was enough for me. He sounds like a big baby douche.

  66. twoblues says:

    I don’t pretend to know a thing about Kanye or his music, but he’s trying too hard to be an ARTIST. Because he’s trying so hard, his actual talent is pitifully overshadowed. So many of the young men I went to college with created this same image for themselves. They were dirty, their art was created out of objects they found in the trash and anything beautiful was suspect. Suffering for your art and being angry about everything in life is a tired concept.

    Kanye, be grateful for your life and talent. Try and think about the majority of the rest of the world that struggles with poverty and pain. In a nutshell, grow up.

  67. UghInsomnia says:

    Whenever I think of “Yeezus,” I just picture a toddler throwing a tantrum. That’s all he ever does. Pop a dummy in his mouth and put him in time out. Preferably forever.