Rock Legend Lou Reed Had Many Things To Say About Kanye West’s ‘Yeezus’

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/ July 3, 2013

If Kanye West needed another reason to expand his already swelling ego, here’s a fucking great one.

Legendary rock musician Lou Reed sat through all ten tracks of his screamy rap and chart-topping catalog Yeezus and didn’t turn it off gave it a thumbs up. While singing ‘Ye’s praise for the most part, the former Velvet Underground vocalist/guitarist also didn’t hesitate to write off its weaknesses.

“There are moments of supreme beauty and greatness on this record, and then some of it is the same old shit,” Reed began. The TalkHouse review credits the Chicago-bred spitter for being one talented mofo then hilariously nitpicks at the tiny sounds that are etched into his beats.

“But why he starts the album off with that typical synth buzzsaw sound is beyond me … It’s like farting,” he writes. “It’s another dare — I dare you to like this. Very perverse.”

The “Walk On The Wild Side” singer also pulls from his own experiences of being on the other side of the judges’ panel then tosses back to Yeezy. “When I did Metal Machine Music, New York Times critic John Rockwell said, ‘This is really challenging.’ I never thought of it like that,” he recalls. “I thought of it like, ‘Wow, if you like guitars, this is pure guitar, from beginning to end, in all its variations. And you’re not stuck to one beat.’ That’s what I thought. Not, “I’m going to challenge you to listen to something I made.” I don’t think West means that for a second, either. You make stuff because it’s what you do and you love it.”

Read the full review here.

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