Queens rapper 50 Cent recently offered a brief critique of fellow artist Kanye West’s Yeezus album during an interview with MTV UK. The G-Unit head honcho revealed that he does still listen to a handful of Ye’s older records and songs, but doesn’t have the rapper’s latest album, Yeezus, in rotation.
50 Cent also shared his belief that Kanye is trying to make “a whole new sound” with his current music.
"He’s obviously a talent within our culture and is one of the driving forces of it, but some of that shit is weird to me,” he said. ‘That last record, to be honest, I’m not playing it right now. I still play ‘Flashing Lights,’ ‘Gold Digger’ and that whole (College Dropout) project. But some of the new stuff is so creative and feels like he’s trying to create a whole new sound."
The New York City emcee then cited the highly popular Electronic Dance Music (EDM) genre as he commented on Yeezus not sounding like Hip Hop.
"It sounds scrambled... radio is going to play dance music, EDM – you got a lot of stuff happening in music culture that’s influencing a lot of R&B music to that tempo,” 50 Cent said. “It doesn’t feel like Hip-Hop to me, it feels like a fusion of something else, like a weird combination of dance music sounds and stuff. It’s just him being an artist, you don’t have to agree with everything an artist does. Like, I don’t have a favourite artist, I have a favourite moment from artists. Like with Drake, there’s songs he came out with and the timing was perfect for the record."
50 Cent isn’t the only artist who has gone on to share their thoughts on Kanye’s sixth studio album. During an interview with MTV’s “RapFix Live,” Los Angeles rapper Hopsin called Yeezus “wack” and commented on the album sounding like something a high schooler could have produced.
“That album was wack. It was—and I tell everybody this, being creative is like a clock,” Hopsin said. “So, a clock only has 12 notches. He went all the way around like he was at the one then went all the way to 12. And then you go so far to where you just end up back at one again…The album sounded like he tried to get so creative where he maxed out and went to back zero. To where it just sounded like something a local producer would have made in my neighborhood. Or from my high school or something.”