G.O.O.D Music’s Big Sean is the latest hip-hop artist to offer his take on Kanye West shocking the world with his new, experimental Yeezus solo album.
Sean said no matter your opinion on Ye, there is no denying his creative genius.
“Shout-out, go get Yeezus man. Support the dog,” Sean said in an interview. “I was sitting, thinking about Yeezus and it’s crazy. Some artists and some albums you can take away and try and you can find an artist that almost fills that same void but you can’t find another album that sounds like Yeezus. If you took Yeezus away, if you took Kanye away, there’s nobody else like that. You’ve got to give it up to that man for just being unique and being the guy he is. Straight up.” (“Power 99″)
This week, Def Jam co-founder Rick Rubin admitted the album’s cutthroat deadline had him feeling uneasy during its creation.
“To me it seemed impossible what he was asking. I remember I wasn’t feeling that well that day, and I was thinking, Is the music making me sick? I don’t feel good about this. We ended up working probably 15 days, 16 days, long hours, no days off, 15 hours a day. I was panicked the whole time,” Rubin explained. “There was so much material we could really pick which direction it was going to go. The idea of making it edgy and minimal and hard was Kanye’s. I’d say, “This song is not so good. Should I start messing with it? Can I make it better?” And he’d say, “Yes, but instead of adding stuff, try taking stuff away.” We talked a lot about minimalism. My house is basically an empty white box. When he walked in, he was like, “My house is an empty white box, too!”” (The Daily Beast)
Rick also hinted at possible plans for a Yeezus 2 to drop at a later date.
“Initially, he thought there were going to be 16 songs on the album. But that first day, before he even asked me to work on it, I said, “Maybe you should make it more concise. Maybe this is two albums. Maybe this is just the first half.” That was one of the first breakthroughs. Kanye was like, “That’s what I came here today to hear! It could be 10 songs!” [Yeezus 2?] Might be.” (The Daily Beast)
West Coast rapper Kendrick Lamar recently admitted it took him a few Yeezus listenings before fully understanding Ye’s vision.
“It was hard for me to grasp it on the first take,” K-Dot told MTV News at the Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware. “I got it, but as I kept listening throughout the week, I understood where he was going and that was him stepping out of the box again and doing what he felt. And as an artist, we all need to take heat into that and salute that because, at the end of the day, it’s so much we can do following radio, following the politics in the business so for somebody to come back again and do what they want, it helps out new cats like myself, Cole, Drake, whoever, so salute.” (MTV)
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