How to Talk About 'Yeezus' This Weekend

As we let you know earlier, Kanye West's highly anticipated Yeezus, has been released to the Internet. 

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As we let you know earlier, Kanye West's highly anticipated new album Yeezus, has found its way to the Internet ahead of its June 18 on-sale date. So that means this summer Friday has become all about Kanye's dark, brooding album. Lyrics have been tweeted, snap judgments have been rushed. There is a very good chance that wherever you are this weekend, someone will be be talking about Yeezus. You're going to need some talking points.

So, I guess Kanye's album leaked... is this a publicity stunt?

Could be, but Kanye probably did not want it to get out.

So, do we know who leaked it? 

No. But since the album is called Yeezus, everyone decided they had the completely original idea to say "Yudas" leaked the album. Get it? Yeezus and Yudas. Like Jesus and Judas.

OK, so aside from the Biblical humor, were there any other funny jokes to be made? 

One of the most tweet-able lines off the album comes from the bashful-titled song "I Am a God," in which Kanye raps: "Hurry up with my damn croissants." Of course, given these times people thought he should have said "cronuts."

Who could he have been asking for the pastries? 

Well, there are no shortage of guest appearances. Daft Punk get credits as co-producers on four songs including "On Sight," "Black Skinhead," "I Am a God," and "Send it Up." While both Chief Keef and Bon Iver appear on the song "Hold My Liquor." Frank Ocean appears on "New Slaves." Kanye even samples Nina Simone singing "Strange Fruit" on "Blood on the Leaves."

Are people liking it?

Some. Sasha Frere-Jones at The New Yorker wrote: "'Yeezus' is ambitious, but it’s blessedly free of the longueurs that attend so many Great Albums. Twenty years from now, West’s previous records will remain important, but a new generation may first gravitate to the lean vibrancy of this one."

Why did you say "some"?

Yeezus doesn't sound like traditional Kanye, so fans of his earlier albums (College Dropout, Late Registration, Graduation) think this Yeezus album ain't cutting it bruh:

Anything else I should know? 

You've probably got 24 hours max until you're the last person you know to listen to it through.

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