Today in Hip-Hop: Kanye West Drops ‘Yeezus’ Album
On this day, June 18, in hip-hop history...
2013: On June 18, Chicago MC Kanye West raised his persona and hip-hop's creative threshold to new, experimental heights when he dropped his sixth studio album, Yeezus.
Because of Kanye's bull headed, braggadocious personality, fans and critics alike couldn't wait to hear what was next from the man who brought them modern classics like The College Dropout and My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. 'Ye did not disappoint, pulling out all the stops, sampling genres of soul, dancehall, rock and ominous Chicago drill. He also worked with industry greats around him from Rick Rubin, 88-Keys, Charlie Wilson and to Kid Cudi, Frank Ocean and Chief Keef to aid in production and writing. Though Kanye did feature guest appearances on the album from Charlie Wilson, Kid Cudi and more, he only acknowledged one in the track listing. It was for the song entitled "I am a God" in which he credited a guest feature from God.
Yeezus was widely acclaimed by music critics with many publications ranking it number one on their list of best albums of the year. The lead singles off the ten-track LP were "Black Skinhead" and "Bound 2." Though there was very little promotion for the album before it's release, the music video for "Bound 2" featured Kanye's then fiancee, Kim Kardashian.
Being released the same day as J. Cole's Born Sinner and Mac Miller's Watching Movies with the Sound Off , Yeezus debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling 327,000 copies in the first week. The album went on to become certified platinum by January 2014.
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