6. Not sure if Kanye was going for a rap-rock hybrid, a la "99 Problems," but the album's less about the rapping and more about the sound around the message. Some of it didn't quite feel organic.
7. Kanye has many strengths. Several things that he does better than your favorite rapper. Melody is one. But the beautiful harmonizing is sporadic here. The soul sample on "TK" is a tease as the rest of that song is possessed by Trent Reznor.
8. Props to Rick Rubin for really helping blend rock element into Yeezus’ DNA.