Kanye West isn’t just ambitious, he’s one of the most adventurous artists in music period. Over the years, his progression has mostly been on a macro level; album to album he’s changed up his sound and explored new territory on every project. But on Yeezus it happens on a micro level. Certain songs either evolve into new sounds as they go along (like on “Can’t Hold My Liquor” and “Blood On The Leaves”) or they take a quick hiatus (like on the middle of “On Sight” or the end of “Bound”).
This isn’t total departure for Kanye, he’s done it previously on the end of “Drive Slow” and the midway point of “Devil In A New Dress.” Still, he’s taking it to a new level here, which suggests the wide breadth of sounds ‘Ye wanted to touch on. It’s kind of like a cheat code, throwing in a short sonic interlude without sacrificing the overall effect. —Insanul Ahmed