Yeezus

Music review by
Kyle Jackson, Common Sense Media
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Rap icon's album is unique but aggressive and explicit.
Parents recommend

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 17+
Based on 10 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

West attempts to critique or comment on big issues like race relations, misogyny, and the cult of celebrity, but any good intentions get muddled in trying to be provocative. His self-importance and general disregard for everyone else gets tiring over the length of a full album.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Between numerous slurs of all sorts, vivid depictions of sexual conquest, and hyper-materialistic bravado, it's hard to recommend West as a role model; the third song on the album features the repeated hook "I am a God."

Violence

While West shies away from too many explicit descriptions of violence -- and doesn't mention guns -- there's an aggressive tone to the whole album, particularly with multiple references to putting his "d--k in her mouth." Guest rapper Assassin brags that "We beat murder charge like O.J."

Sex

Many of the songs include at least a few extremely explicit references to sex (especially the incredibly graphic track "I'm In It"), including such lines as "Your p---y's too good, I need to crash/ Your t-tties let 'em out, free at last" and "Uh, you know I need that wet mouth/ Uh, I know you need that reptile," and of course "Put my fist in her like a civil rights sign."

Language

Many curse words are used repeatedly, including the "N" word, "p---y," "f--k," and "bitch," though, notably, the album features no anti-gay slurs.

Consumerism

While 'Ye does drop lines about numerous brands and products, including Mercedes Benz, Blackberry, iPhone, Range Rover, Maybach, Porsche, and fashion designers Alexander Wang, Virgil Abloh (of Pyrex fame), and Don C, he appears to be attempting something of a critique of the very materialism he has embraced. Particularly interesting is the racial commentary in the song "New Slaves," which includes revealing lines like "And this rich n---a racism/ That's that come in, please buy more/ What you want, a Bentley, fur coat? Or diamond chain?/ All you blacks want all the same things" and "Y'all throwin contracts at me/ You know that n----as can't read."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

While West has never been a big proponent of drug use, he does drop lyrics about "doja" (weed), molly, cocaine, blacking out, "let's get too high again," and "I can't hold my liquor."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Kanye West's album Yeezus is an explicit, self-indulgent, and negative compilation of jarring beats, rhymes, and Auto-Tuned choruses. While the music is unquestionably unique and provocative, it's often in poor taste and therefore loses much of its potential artistic merit. Expect lots of profanity (including the "N" word, "p---y," "f--k," and "bitch") as well as many graphic references to sex (such as "Your p---y's too good, I need to crash/ Your t-tties let 'em out, free at last"). Drugs, drinking, and violent references are also present, as well as lots of brand names.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 13 year old Written byBuddy Jensen August 16, 2013

Yeezus

I personally think Yeezus is a ok album. The beats are strong and loud but if your not a west fan then it maybe strange for you. I think it's good it'... Continue reading
Adult Written bypanicpack121 October 19, 2013

It's literally meant for children to begin with.

This album is meant for kids personally (between the ages of 7-13, probably 5-6), the children they're honestly hearing more and more worse things every da... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bybretnummer248 July 2, 2013

Experimental Rap Album With Alot of Language/Sexual references

This is Kanye West's newest masterpiece. It is different than his earlier. The album has elements such as electronic, acid house, dancehall, and industrial... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bybl0odynuke88 July 9, 2013

Only one song is bad

Im in it is the only song which shows sexual content

What's the story?

Hastily assembled by a team of super-producers, including studio wizard Rick Rubin, YEEZUS is Kanye West's sixth album, though it features so many guests that it hardly even feels like a solo effort. As opposed to most of his radio-ready pop hits, most of these songs are dark and politically charged tirades that are bound to rub plenty of people the wrong way. While Yeezy addresses big issues like interracial relationships, the prison industrial complex, and racial profiling, he muddles the messages with hyper-masculinity and base humor.

Is it any good?

Unquestionably unique and often interesting, Yeesus falls into the trap of tying to mesh too many clashing sounds and feelings. Most of the beats are pounding and filled with harsh electronic noises, and though some of the beats will likely appeal to fans of modern rap, this could hardly be considered a "hip-hop" album in the traditional sense. The lyrics are thought-provoking at times, but many of the tracks are spoiled by unintelligent or annoying hooks and Auto-Tuned choruses that seem as if they don't belong. Some West fans will love it, some will hate it, and some will be thoroughly confused.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about West's sound here. He was originally known as a hip-hop producer capable of making pleasantly melodic songs from soul samples. Why do you think he has departed so radically with these harsh, pounding, electro sounds?

  • Yeezus features a number of high-profile guests and collaborators, including Daft Punk, Justin Vernon (of indie darlings Bon Iver), up-and-coming Chicago rapper Chief Keef, and Odd Future crooner Frank Ocean. Why do you think he assembled such an eclectic group of musicians and producers?   

  • How has West changed throughout his career, both as a celebrity and as an artist? 

Music details

  • Artist: Kanye West
  • Release date: June 18, 2013
  • Type: Album
  • Label: Def Jam
  • Genre: Rap
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes

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