The way we're all listening to 'Yeezus' today
G.O.O.D. Friday indeed. Earlier today saw the leak of Yeezus and since then the interwebs have been a stir with quick-hit reviews that seemingly range from classic to trash with no in between. Accompanying today's release are a few noteworthy tidbits and fun links, beginning with the image above as a hilarious take on the album cover (via Reddit).
Let's begin with a fun guide of all the pop culture references in 'Ye's lyrics. Complex is on top of that.
One notable lyric for sneakerheads was Kanye's allusion to the Air Yeezy II "Red Octobers". Modern Notoriety with the breakdown.
Saving my favorite for third is a podcast with New York Times writer Jon Caramanica, who conducted the fascinating, and lone interview with Kanye earlier this week. He enlightens us on how 'Ye was talking and delivering the words that made the paper, noting he was as calm and "lucid" as he's ever been. Plus some details into the creative process of the album 48 hours before it had to be tuned in, and an overall engaging discussion of his music, artistry, and how there's no other creative parallel to 'Ye trying to do what he's doing in other avenues like fashion. That's just the gist. Listen to the full podcast here (a must!).
One more story comes courtesy of Scott Vener (Entourage's music director) who shared an awesome story from 2004 about Kanye demanding attention to his performance before The College Dropout came out, out of the pure confidence in himself and his artistry. That description doesn't do it justice, but this quick-read will.
Finally, King L shared details with MTV News about the creative process behind "Send It Up", how he freestyled his verse/hook, and how the production changed from when he recorded it to the final product today. As I tweeted below too, this one's going to tear up the clubs this summer.
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