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Summer Music Preview: The Season's Must-Hear Albums

Kanye West, 'Yeezus' (6/18)


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It's beyond fitting that the first taste we got of an album tentatively titled Yeezus was via Vine videos of Kanye West's performance at the Met Gala in New York City that showed hip-hop's favorite egomaniacal maestro bellowing, "I am a God!" Such brazen proclamations from West should hardly be surprising at this point as he gets ready to follow-up his brilliant 2010 effort My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, which supposedly features contributions from everyone from Daft Punk and Skrillex to Chief Keef and members of Odd Future. Hype levels were already high, but cracked Defcon Five after West premiered album cut "New Slaves" by projecting it on buildings across the globe last Friday, then following it up the next day on Saturday Night Live with performances of that song and then scorched through Earth diatribe/banger "Black Skinhead." Sure, the LP's title and June 18th release date remain unconfirmed, and speculation continues to run rampant — but when it comes to Yeezy, that's really half the fun.


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