The Definitive Guide to Kanye West’s ‘Yeezus’ Album Credits
By Lee Mills, Steven J. Horowitz, Rebecca Haithcoat and Kristen Yoonsoo Kim • June 20, 2013
Kanye recruited a gargantuan list of artists and musicians to help bring his latest album to life. But who exactly are they? Click through to find out.
When Kanye West records albums, it isn’t just a one-man operation. The Louis Vuitton Don most recently dropped off his sixth solo album Yeezus (Def Jam) this past Tuesday (June 18), crafting one of the most highly anticipated records of the year. But it was down to the wire: rumor has it that he didn’t finish recording until just over a week before its release date, and he brought in veteran producer Rick Rubin to serve as executive producer just two weeks shy of release date.
But ’Ye made the deadline, and it’s clear why: he’s been working on this album for a minute, based on the ample number of names dotting the liner notes. The speculation ran rampant leading up to the LP’s release on who exactly was involved, and on which song. But the credits weren’t officially revealed until the album was officially in stores, when Mr. West posted a PDF on his site. And like with most Kanye releases, it took an army to build a Yeezus nation.
Writers on the album run across the board, including R&B singers like Jill Scott, Charlie Wilson and Frank Ocean as well as rappers Chief Keef and Lupe Fiasco. On the production end, ’Ye’s got Daft Punk on board for a few tracks, and he links back up with frequent collaborators Mike Dean, Anthony Kilhoffer and Noah Goldstein. The credits are extensive, but we’ve got you covered, breaking down the cast of characters that made Yeezus.
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Actually, the whole album is like a movie, or a novel — each track segues into the next. This is not individual tracks sitting on their own island, all alone.
It’s fascinating — it’s very poignant, but there’s nothing warm about it, sonically — it’s really electronic, and after a while, his voice and the synth are virtually the same. But I don’t think that’s a statement about anything — it’s just something he heard, and then he made it so you could hear it too.
At so many points in this album, the music breaks into this melody, and it’s glorious — I mean, glorious. He has to know that — why else would you do that? He’s not just banging his head against the wall, but he acts as though he is. He doesn’t want to seem precious, he wants to keep his cred.
And sometimes it’s like a synth orchestra. I’ve never heard anything like it — I’ve heard people try to do it but no way, it just comes out tacky. Kanye is there. It’s like his video for “Runaway,” with the ballet dancers — it was like, look out, this guy is making connections. You could bring one into the other — ballet into hip-hop — they’re not actually contradictory, and he knew that, he could see it immediately. He obviously can hear that all styles are the same, somewhere deep in their heart, there’s a connection. It’s all the same shit, it’s all music — that’s what makes him great. If you like sound, listen to what he’s giving you. Majestic and inspiring.
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1. “Welcome” f. Kevyn Richmond
2. “Electrifying” (Produced by Primemeridian)
3. “Body” (Produced by Moka Only)
4. “Comin From” (Produced by Moka Only)
5. “Watchin You” (Produced by Boogie Beatr)
6. “2 Sider”
7. “Dollar Remix”
8. “Water Way” f. Scnatcher by DJ Icewater (Produced by Frank Friction)
9. “Blue Collar Funk” (Produced by Frank Friction)
10. “Change” f. Moka Only (Produced by Frank Friction)
11. “Comfort” f. Uncle Imani / Juie Tee (Produced by Frank Friction)
12. “Faith” f. Casual of Hieroglyphics (Produced by Frank Friction)
13. “Rorki” f. Mayna Rodgriguez (Produced by Frank Friction)
14. “Bounce Out”
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