Analysis Of Kanye West 's Album, Yeezus Essay

1593 Words Dec 21st, 2016 7 Pages
Kanye West’s album, Yeezus, received much critical review due to its blatant misogynistic and choice lyrics. Even though the intent of his songs was to tackle the oppressive systems towards Black people, he did so using hypermasculinity that was hyper-heterosexual and violent. For example, in “New Slaves,” West talks about how black males are confronted by privately owned white corporations that that seeks to oppress them, but then says “You see there’s leaders and there’s followers/But I’d rather be a d*** than a swallower,” which starkly differs from previous lyrics in the song that were purely about racism. (Battle 92; Shird; West). These lyrics indeed highlight a society where dominance is vital, but it does so with a hypermasculine, sexual metaphor which is derogatory towards women and homosexual men. He does this in “New Slaves” again by rapping “F*** you and your Hampton house/I’ll f*** your Hampton spouse/Came on her Hampton blouse/And in her Hampton mouth,” (West). Kanye is clearly acting the stereotypical, Black hypermasculinity that afflicts Black people and drawing attention away from his meaningful message towards his sexual prowess and body. His actions of hypermasculinity are probably most apparent in the album’s opener, “On Sight,” however. In this song, West begins by asserting that he has power, but he does so in a very sexual way with lyrics like “We got this bi*** shaking like Parkinsons…Black d*** all in your spouse again/And I know she like chocolate…

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