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Recording artist Kanye West performs onstage during the 2012 BET Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on July 1, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.
Is Kanye God? He'd like you to think so with songs with titles like 'I Am A God' on his new album "Yeezus."
Oliver Wang from Soul-Sides.com joins us to talk about the new record as well as new music from J. Cole and Judith Hill.
Artist: Kanye West
Song: "New Slaves"
"For people who love Kanye West, it burnishes his reputation. People that are inclined to dislike him are going to dislike him even more. He's a master at dividing the audiences, but he's a master at courting controversy and drawing attention to himself in the process. "Yeezus" is part of his "chest move" to keep audiences interested in what he's doing."
"It's incredibly industrial. It hammers you over the head. You get a sense of the sonic space this album is in. It's very, very dark."
"It's kind of a misogynist album, and I'll be curious that now that he's the father of a daughter, to what extent his future music may or may not shift to reflect new ideas he has around womanhood and femininity."
Artist: Judith Hill
Album: 20 Feet from Stardom
"In terms of talent level, the capability of these women in particular to sing and belt is extraordinary. They wouldn't be hired to do that job if they didn't have that capability. The question is: what separates them in that 20 feet from the background to the front of the stage?"
Artist: J. Cole
Song: "Cole Summer"
"The first "summer song" of 2013 I heard this year was J-Cole's "Cole Summer." The best "summer songs" have this dreaminess to it, but that's what summer is. Summer's always over before we want it to be, so we're are left with is this dreamlike memory of what summer was or we want summer to be. In our minds we create an ideal sense of it, and the best songs evoke this dreamlike quality of what we want summer to be regardless of what summer ends up being like."