Kanye West’s latest musical effort, Yeezus, received an abundance of mixed reviews. Many people who swear by the LP point out its uniqueness among today’s hip-hop as its strongpoint. West recently sat down with BBC 1′s Zane Lowe and when discussing Yeezus, said there was concerted effort to make the album stand out among anything that is being produced. “I feel I was able to start making exactly what was in my mind, again. And not having to speak with the textures of the time,” said Yeezy. “Cruel Summer is definitely Kanye West and is something kind of weird and off about “Mercy.” It sounds like art a little bit even though it obviously was a radio smash. When I get into the idea, the trap drums and certain things like that. Songs that are blatant radio hits, it’s like I’m speaking with today’s texture. If you look at it 200 years from now it’s not going to stand out the way that 808s [and Hearbreak] or Yeezus stands out. And can completely redefine and make people say, ‘I completely hate that or I completely love that, but just let me think differently.’”
A never bashful West went on to say he reached perfection with prior album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, and with Yeezus he was out to change music and the culture. “I showed people that I understand how to make perfect,” he said. “Dark Fantasy can be considered to be perfect. I know how to make perfect, but that’s not what I’m here to do. I’m here to crack the pavement and make new grounds sonically and in society, culturally.”
Check out the rest of ‘Part 1′ of the interview where Ye talks about hip-hop being the new rock & roll and more.