The Final Wrap Up For Yeezy
What’s good fellow Geeks? This is the final installment to the Donda review from Yeezy. Starting today’s review off we have “Pure Souls” featuring Roddy Rich. This song became infectious for me when Yeezy started chanting “This South side and we outside”. Being from South side Jamaica Queens that line obviously resonated for me. Overall the song had a nice church vibe to it. “Come To Life” is a very big spiritual record. The church organ sets the tone as Yeezy talks about life, relationships and everything in between. Certain songs you can tell he had a larger than life concept in mind for when creating them. I could only imagine how this would ring off in a stadium due to its production.
Not Everything Needs A Sequel
“No Child Left Behind” I was waiting for someone to do more singing or rapping on it then what it was. It felt more like an interlude than anything. As much songs that was on this project the last thing we needed was sequels to some of these songs. Yeezy clearly felt differently and I think that took away from the project more than adding to it. “Jail pt 2” sounded a little bit more full as far as sound goes. This time it features DaBaby who went hard seeing as how he really didn’t have much of a choice. In this version Yeezy and Jay’s verses were taken off leaving just him and the hooks and bridges. “Ok Ok pt 2” had a reggae feel to it which was unexpected but didn’t sound bad at all.
Too Much Is Too Much, Yeezy
“Junya pt 2” as you already know I wasn’t a fan of the first one and the second one I feel about the same. (Not sure which streaming service you have but for Tidal it does not tell you the features for this album. That to me doesn’t make sense because not everyone can be identified by just their voice when you hear them on a record. Some people are still fairly new so they needed that credit.)
In closing we have “Jesus Lord pt 2” featuring Jay Electronica but also The Lox. If you know anything about this group you know they don’t play on the mic regardless of the type of track. Being unbiased here, I love this record but I would have made sequels to other records before this one. As I said in the other posts, staying on par with the theme of the album is important. With that said there’s other songs that deal with his mother and his spiritual connection more than these three records. If it were me I would have just put this on a deluxe album as remixes and not jam pack the whole album. That brings me to my conclusion.
The Final Review
Let’s take it back to Yeezy’s first album “The College Dropout” which had 18 songs. Back then the attention span was a lot better sure but nevertheless 18 songs is still 18 songs. Not as lengthy as 27 but it’s still a lot of records. The point I am making here is that I can still clearly name my favorite records and that number would be a high percentage of most of the album. I can’t do that with this album if I’m being honest. I applaud the attempt because I believe that what he is doing is another shift and change in culture and genres of music. Same way MBDTF was back in 2010.
Reread The Assignment Yeezy
Some songs sounded better than others but overall I didn’t feel he truly executed the assignment the way it could have. With College Dropout you heard throughout the entire album pretty much about school themed tracks and skits. With this album you heard songs about his mother one minute and then songs about being in jail the next. Song sequencing I don’t think would have been enough to save it from this critique. Sometimes it’s very easy to overthink things. All of the push backs of the album worked against him in my opinion. Most people would say that the push backs were so him and Drake could battle it out on the charts but I also think it’s because Yeezy is a perfectionist and was trying too hard to make what he had in his mind come to life.
One thing people did is compare this album to Drake’s CLB which to me doesn’t make sense. Sure the two have their squabble but project for project they are vastly different. When one is making an album that is a little all over the place in terms of actual direction you can’t seriously compare them to a project to a mans deceased mother. instrumentation alone they are in different lanes so I will say that both projects are decent in their own ways. Now that you have had time to sit with these two albums let us know what you thought about them both.