Opinion: Kanye don’t Deluxe this

This Sunday Kanye Omari West aka Ye aka Yeezy dropped his newest project “Donda”. This is following up the 2019 “Jesus is King”. The 2021 Kanye is no difference from this. I have listed to Kanye since the College Dropout, which dropped in 2004. So, at some points of time I couldn’t wait for his releases. However, with time that has ceased with time.

Not like the “Jesus is King” which was totally a holy and Christian project. This one is a mixed blend of both Christian and Secular music. However, as a Christian, I can only all call the music and texts used in the Christian songs as superficial. It is like a staged faith based project.

So, many of the songs is a continuation of the “Jesus is King”. It is artificial Christianity and this shouldn’t be awarded on the Dove Awards. However, they did this with the previous one and could easily do it again. Still, for a guy like me… I don’t get it, but the amount of units and headlines. He makes the awards more relevant, I suppose.

What is striking is that the secular songs are filled to the brim with features. There is a lack of Kanye on them. That is really showing and the album is so long as well. So many songs and plenty of filler tracks. It is filled with the “Life of Pablo” rejects. A bath of autotune and the features are stealing the show like Roddy Ricch, Jay-Z and The Weekend. These artists outshine Kanye on his own project.

I have a feeling Kanye misses the writing credits of Consequence. Because, the bars isn’t as hitting and there is very few to mention, if any. This isn’t an album made for bars and neither is it filled with sampling. Only one song I could taste the sample and felt an old Kanye vibe for a second. However, that was a short-lived enterprise.

I am used to on a hip hop album that the intro or the first track is savage. That the artist shows all parts of his or hers craft. Where all the flows, metaphors and proves to the world why we should listen to this project at all. Here, it’s singer Syleena Johnson saying “Donda” what feels like an eternity and a bad idea. However, the self-proclaimed “genius” thought this was a profound exercise.

Well, I am shocked that he did that, but it is just as his repetition like he did on that Lil Pump track a few years ago. It feels like the “Good Ass Job” album came back in to rotation. That’s what we are listening to now.

It is either splendid or grandeur, but a mixed fortune of artists, styles and modernity with a fashionable blend of Christianity. It is making Christian Dior into Jesus Christ. There is no deep or profound messages. Neither, is it taken anything from ancient psalms or biblical scriptures. Just posturing, which is degrading it really. The same was the thing with “Jesus is King” and “Donda” is a 2.0.

That’s why this sort of music isn’t for me. I know Kanye can make wonderful music and have done so in the past. He has made albums and records I listen too till this day. That being the fist three LPs and “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy”. Since then there haven’t been a project from me. This is not changing with project either.

Donda is also way to long and I couldn’t wait for it too end. That’s not the feeling I want. I want to look forward to return. In these times its tradition from the music industry to Deluxe every project. Therefore, expect that possibly here… he shouldn’t but he might be forced to do so.

Kanye is Kanye… and forever will be. That’s why this wasn’t for me. Peace.

Review of Kanye West’s “Jesus is King” …

When I thought the Book of Job was a job”Kanye West on ‘On God’ 2019

Let it be said, I am a hip-hop head, but this album seems forced out quickly, short-sighted production and lack of clarity in the lyrics. It seems like Kanye West have a new way of dropping music. But it is neither spectacular nor unique. The NF of the world, the Christian rappers has done this for decades. There is nothing shape-shifting.

Other than getting Kanye from dropping bars with curses, sex, drugs and shallow wealth, which has done most of his career. That is why Kanye West should have had more Christian rappers like No Malice, the one part of Clipse. Who totally changed his style and his musical aspiration from what he did in secular Clipse with his brother Pusha T.

There wasn’t any redeeming factor in this album for me. The beats and singing felt weird. The tone of the album. It was even a bit scary and creepy. That’s not the sort of feeling I want when listening to music.

Kanye West might mean well and trying to figure out his own life on this album. But the music isn’t for me. That is after one listen on youtube. I am not a fan. This is not for me. I rather listen to Kirk Franklin or a Mario Winans, if I want something spiritual, because this isn’t it. Jerusalem or something even.

Kanye is Kanye, that you feel on the album. But its not the old Kanye and not the obnoxious new Kanye either. It is just the weird Kanye. That doesn’t stick to me. I don’t feel it or grasp it.

I haven’t really listen that much of Kanye since ‘Life of Pablo’ since his music has gone a bit down over the years. Less and less time for production, good samples and ghostwriters like Consequence and so-on. Which is lacking and shows. It isn’t the greatness nor the beats to support the craft.

This was a big downer. What might save him? Well, if he put in the work. Actually collaborate with more Christian acts and actually tries dig deep into the scriptures or gospels. Because, this could have been made by a new Christian rapper with no discography in the basement in New England before released world-wide.

This wasn’t it. A bad album. A really bad album. We all need redemption and need salvation, but there is nothing saving him here. Peace.