Album: Yeezus

The first verse of "Black Skinhead" is one of the most economical on Yeezus, a unapologetic assertion of blackness pushed directly into the television screens of middle America through a live performance on Saturday Night Live. It's starkly minimal, with explicit references to balck American political history ("My 'By Any Means' on...") And, as ever, Kanye ties it into the personal. He presents himself as an avatar for success—showing how, far from alleviating the injustices of America's racial history, it magnifies the scrutiny. —David Drake