In 2013, Kanye West released Yeezus, his sixth studio album. It was unlike anything the rapper had ever produced. Fans recoiled from the album’s experimental sound. It was Kanye at his most provocative, lyrically and sonically. Critics began to wonder if Ye, who appeared to be at the peak of his career, might finally lose touch. But then something strange happened.
Over time, the world Kanye built on Yeezus — full of guttural and chaotic emotion, combined with so much noise – began to feel and resemble the world around us. Kanye’s collaborators on the album, from indie electronic musicians like Arca and Hudson Mohawke to icons like Daft Punk and Rick Rubin, helped him build a blueprint for popular music.
In the season 2 finale of our Amazon Original podcast Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albumscollaborators on Yeezus, and New York Times Kanye critic and pundit Jon Caramanica joins rolling stone Editor Jeff Ihaza will tell the story of how Kanye West took a sledgehammer to rap and pop culture norms to “break the pavement”, in his words – and in the process create one of most fiercely innovative and prescient records of all time.
In 2003, rolling stone released its definitive countdown of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, the most popular and controversial list in the magazine’s history. In 2020, we’ve completely revamped the list, adding over 150 new titles. With the Amazon Original Podcast Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums, we dig deeper into the creation and meaning of many of the records that have been selected, with exclusive insights from the artists who created them – and those who know them and their music best. by Kanye West Yeezus placed at number 269 in the latest ranking.
Hosted by RS Senior Writer Brittany Spanos, Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums appears exclusively on Amazon Music. Check Yeezus episode above.