'Yeezus' : The evolution of Hip Hop?

With the recent release of Kanye West's hotly anticipated 6th studio album, the man himself has been met with millions of expectant fans worldwide counting down the moments until they can give 'Yeezus' a first listen.

However the response seems to be varied with some claiming 'Yeezus' to be West's best album yet others are underwhelmed.  The album aims to drive forward a revolutionary sound never before heard amongst the hip hop world, sadly it is this combination of multiple sounds and genres that have arguably been the album's biggest downfall.

One thing that separates West's newest creation from his previous works is the very album driven nature of it as opposed to previous efforts seemingly aimed at producing a series of chart topping singles. This is not the case with this album which seems to work best as a collection rather than a collection of standalone singles.

With Inspiration clearly drawn from some of West's previous works which can be heard in the likes of 'Blood on leaves' which features the heavy use of auto tune reminiscent of the dominant sound of '808s and Heartbreak'. The merger between old school soul sound and modern day hip hop previously seen in 'Diamonds are forever' , 'Otis' and the unforgettable 'Gold digger' is also commonly used which having worked before doesn't fail to impress again and flows throughout the chorus of 'Bound 2'.

Although the album makes for an easy listen and no doubt has a few potential chart topping singles on there, tracks of this elm are sparse and the majority of the tracks fail to leave a lasting impression. Although 'Yeezus' undoubtedly marks a change in what is traditionally thought of as Hip Hop, whether the album will go down in history amongst some of West's best albums is debateable.

Words by Sophie Cameron