Average User Score: 5.9Jul 7, 2013I'm not a big fan of Jay-Z, I only know his big hits and I listened to the Watch The Throne collaboration with Kanye West so in this reviewI'm not a big fan of Jay-Z, I only know his big hits and I listened to the Watch The Throne collaboration with Kanye West so in this review you're not going to read comparisons about his classic albums or Blueprint III.
I enjoyed this album, just a little bit. It was a fun listen, and that's what this album is..fun.
This album feels like Jay-Z is having as much fun as he did on Watch The Throne.
It kind of gives me the same vibe I got from Kanye's latest LP "Yeezus" where the beats are stripped down, colorful but simple, and you get some aggressive braggadocios rhymes from the MC, except on Jay-Z's album it sounds like he's going harder with the multiple rhymes he's spitting out, but still not as egotistic and like Kanye.
A more laid back version is what I'm trying to say.
Lyrically it seems like Jay-Z is rapping from his *ick, with some Laugh Out Loud, unthoughtful lines but it does sound more comical then stupid. (There are just a few slick lines on this album)
There are some songs where he's rapping outside his ego and is getting introspective like on Oceans, Jay-Z Blue, and Nickel's and Dimes, but that's basically it.
If you're gonna be rapping about money, at least have a nasty flow and interesting production, and it is present here on the majority of the tracks. Like I said the production is very simple and beautiful but not as glamorous and expensive as Watch The Throne which is something I prefer because the production is not drowning the MC's bars. Picasso Baby is one of the more catchier tracks, same with Tom Ford, where it sounds like he's going hard, and he's making references to fashion designers/artists behind some really hard hitting simple beats, and towards the end of Picasso Baby it kind of reminds you of 99 Problems.
My favorite track has to be Somewhere In America though. Not only is Jay-Z funny in this track but the beat is so awesome and has this contradictory kind of feel to it with the soft piano chords, and the quirky street horns, pianos smash at a certain point, but then violins fade in. It mashes so well with what Jay-Z is rapping about especially when he brings up the "Instragram, Miley Cyrus twerking" line which can be taken mostly in a funny way, but it has this underlining drug/corruption meaning.
My only gripe is half of the hooks are just bland, not interesting, and some of Jay-Z's verses. The collabs did not do much for me, even with Frank Ocean on this, and I actually loved Justin Timberlake's singing, but like Justin Timberlake's "Suit and Tie" it kind of goes off beat with Jay-Z rapping.
Overall, another one of those bump in the whip albums. Interesting production, some comical and persona's with Jay-Z's flow and rhymes. Take a listen.
Recommended Tracks: Picasso Baby, Tom Ford, F.U.T.W., Somewhere In America, Nickels And Dimes… Expand
Average User Score: 7.6Jun 18, 2013YEEZUS, is the album's name. Kanye feels like a God, and can do whatever the hell he wants, even if it's sacrificing some great lyricism heardYEEZUS, is the album's name. Kanye feels like a God, and can do whatever the hell he wants, even if it's sacrificing some great lyricism heard on MBDTF for a lot of braggadocios, dick in your mouth, stupid punch lines. We've heard Kanye spit those kind of lines before, recently on Watch The Throne and Cruel Summer, so to me lyrically, this album feels like a recovery from the top 40 pop/rap sound he's been putting out.
So if you're looking for that MBDTF Kanye, or even College Dropout/Late Registration Kanye, just listen to Black Skinheads, New Slaves, and Bound2.
BUT, if you don't mind hearing some really ambitious, dark, hard-hitting production bang on your whip, drowning the lazy lyricism and hooks, well you're in for a ride.
. Kanye's most ambitious production to date, brings industrial music out to the open. Some really dark sounds. Saving grace.
. Kanye's aggressiveness comes even harder on this album.
. Lazy lyricism. 2Chainz inspired punclines, dick inspired hooks haha.
Recommended Tracks: Black Skinheads, I Am A God, New Slaves, I'm In It, Guilt Trip, Bound2… Expand
Average User Score: 6.8Apr 29, 2013It's good to see Scott Mescudi rapping again, after the some-what-decent WZRD album.
Now Kid Cudi is back, handling the production and..he'sIt's good to see Scott Mescudi rapping again, after the some-what-decent WZRD album.
Now Kid Cudi is back, handling the production and..he's not really a good producer, but I give him props for trying.
The first track opens the album up with some really dark synth's, fading piano notes, and some metal clanky drums, which gets me excited, but like WZRD's album intro(The Arrival) from there it slowly goes downhill.
. Some nice guest spots keep some of the tracks listenable (King chip, Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky, and RZA)
. His rapping ability stays fresh!
. The production is watered down a lot. His previous albums(even WZRD) had more flashier production, he needs some lessons from Kanye.
. Kid Cudi tries to push his vocals too much. Killing the enjoyment of the song.
I may have missed a couple things on the album, but the production really stands out(in a bad way) and makes the whole LP not listenable.
Hopefully when Man On The Moon III comes out he comes back with better production, or with nice producers. (Kanye, Dot Da genius, Plain Pat, Emile)
STILL, props to Kid Cudi for experimenting.
Recommended Tracks: The Resurrection Of Scott Mescudi, Just What I Am, Young Lady, Solo Dolo Part II, Beez… Expand
Average User Score: 7.6Sep 19, 2012Pros
. Some really interesting but simple production styles on most of these tracks like Clique, New God Flow & Mercy, Cold. I think thePros
. Some really interesting but simple production styles on most of these tracks like Clique, New God Flow & Mercy, Cold. I think the production is kind of the saving grace on this album especially when you have Kanye, Hit-Boy, and Hudson Mowake producing.
. Pusha-T, Cyhi, and Kanye has some really nice bars along with some of the extra guests like Jay-Z, Ghostface Killah, and Raekwon.
. Cheesy tracks like To The World & The One
. Bad Hooks
. Very disjointed
. Some lazy verses
. Guests like Jay-Z and rappers from Wu-Tang overpower GOOD Music artists
. Where is Mr. Hudson?
. Not a GOOD example of what G.O.O.D music has to offer(next time only good music artists)… Expand