Kanye West's "Yeezus" Reviewed: "Guilt Trip"

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We’re reviewing every song on Kanye West’s Yeezus today to commemorate its release this week. Stay tuned for our take on all ten tracks on the rapper/producer’s latest masterwork!

"Guilt Trip" seems like a logical continuation of most of the musical and lyrical themes explored in "Blood on the Leaves," but done ona bit of a smaller scale and with a greater sense of intimacy than the grandiose "Leaves." Again, Kanye's vocal is drenched in auto-tune, and this time, it's even closer to the "Say You Will" or "See You in My Nightmares" feel of his 808s & Heartbreak LP, with the same kind of atmospheric moodiness and lush, striking instrumentation of the best songs on that album. Most notably, Kanye borrows the rising, swirling synth hook from Steve Miller Band's classic rock staple "Fly Like an Eagle," a brilliant re-appropriation that does wonders for the song's musical signature.

Kanye only has one verse on the song, but he makes it count, going for over half the verse off the same rhyme scheme, resulting in clever namechecks of everyone from dancehall hero Shabba Ranks to Lords of the Underground's mid-'90s rap hit "Chief Rocka" to even iconic Star Wars character Chewbacca, all while detailing another (the same?) ruined relationship. When Kid Cudi shows up at song's end--never what you want to hear from a Kanye West song--it's actually a well-placed cameo, with Cudi basically stopping by to wrap things up with one heartfelt question: "If you loved me so much than why'd you let me go?" "Blood on the Leaves" might have the showier setup, but in the end, "Guilt Trip" is arguably the more moving song.

POPDUST SAYS: 4.0/5

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