Kanye West has a lot on his mind. This past weekend, Yeezy debuted two new songs from his upcoming album Yeezus for the televised world on “Saturday Night Live” and both tracks had some pretty heavy messaging.
On “New Slaves,” ’Ye tussled with complex themes centered around racism and consumerism, while with “Black Skinhead,” West jumped from topic to topic, addressing his interracial relationship Kim Kardashian, LeBron James leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Miami Heat and the rash of violence in his native Chicago.
It was a lot to take in, but we learned some things about Kanyeezy along the way.
Kanye West Is Well Aware Of Kim Kardashian Criticism
How can the criticism that Kimye face about their relationship not weigh on the celebrity couple? Both regularly come under fire in the media and West has strong words for he and Kimmie’s detractors. “Enter the kingdom/ But watch who you bring home/ You see a black man with a white woman/ At the top floor they gone come to kill King Kong,” he raps.
Yeezus Album May Bring Religious (Basketball-Themed) Blowback
NBA champion LeBron James used to be the pride of Cleveland, Ohio, that was until the Akron, Ohio-native and former Cleveland Cavaliers player took his talents to South Beach to play for the Miami Heat in 2010. With that in mind, the “Jesus Walks” MC is expecting some religious controversy in light of his new album title: Yeezus. “My homey was the number-one draft pick/ They still burned his jersey in Akron/ If I don’t get ran down by the Catholics/ Here come some conservative Baptists,” he rhymes comparing the two very different situations.
Chicago Violence Is Too Much To Ignore
Chicago is one of America’s most violent cities, and it’s something that West has rhymed about on songs like 2007’s “Everything I Am” and The Throne’s “Murder to Excellence” in 2011. When writing “Black Skinhead” ’Ye just couldn’t ignore the tragedies in his native city. “Sayin’ he overreacting/ Like the black kids, in Chi Rack bitch,” he spit.
Even With Deep Messages, Kanye Doesn’t Sacrifice Lyricism
When it comes to rap, Kanye is among the most competitive of MCs, and if you think he’d miss an opportunity to show off his bars, think again. “They say I’m possessed, it’s an omen/ I keep it 300, like the Romans/ 300 bitches, where’s the Trojans,” he rhymes weaving imagery from the 2007 Frank Miller film “300,” Greek mythology and of course, sex.
Well done, Yeezy!