West Coast rapper Kendrick Lamar has weighed on Kanye West‘s chart-topping Yeezus solo album and revealed why it took a few listenings before he fully understood Ye’s genius.
While initially thrown off by Ye’s content, Lamar said he believes Kanye has outdone himself with his latest solo release and helped pave a lane for new artists.
“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)
Last month, G.O.O.D Music affiliate Travis Scott described Ye’s LP as futuristic.
While most of us only have barely audible YouTube clips from Mohawke’s set to go off of, G.O.O.D. Music affiliate Travi$ Scott heard ‘Ye’s new tunes during a recent trip to Paris and suggests that we may not be ready for what’s coming. “That sh– is like some next-level 3000,” he told MTV News, suggesting that West is ahead of his time with his new music. “We’re already in the year 3000 f—ing with that sh– and that’s why I love hanging out with those guys over there. You get caught on to that new sh– extra fast.” (MTV)
Despite some respectable competition from J. Cole and Mac Miller, Kanye’s long-awaited solo follow-up to 2010’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy dominated the sales chart this week.
The new father sold 327,000 copies of Yeezus, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It marks the third-largest sales week of the year behind Justin Timberlake‘s The 20/20 Experience (968,000) and Daft Punk‘s Random Access Memories (339,000). J. Cole performed above expectations as his sophomore set Born Sinner enters at No. 2 with 297,000. He surpassed his 2011 debut Cole World: The Sideline Story, which entered at No. 1 with 218,000. Mac Miller rounds out the top 3 with his second album Watching Movies With the Sound Off, which opened at No. 3 with 102,000, less than his 2011 debut Blue Slide Park (145,000). (Rap-Up)
Initial reports speculated Ye’s new LP sold nearly 330,000 copies in week one.
Yeezus, Kanye West’s provocative, adventurous, furiously discussed new Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam/IDJ release, finishes at #1 on our Album Sales Chart this week with 328k. West’s 2010 effort, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, streeted with 495k and has moved 1.3 million to date. (Hits Daily Double)