The Rundown: Kanye West, Yeezus

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"Black Skinheads"

Linking again with co-producers Daft Punk, Kanye drops "Black Skinheads," one of the most unorthodox songs of his career. Filled with battered tom drums and cymbals, grimy 808s and echoing screams, it's more industrial punk rock than rap. Nonetheless, "Skinheads" is one the most accessible, danceable songs on the album, which begs the point: Yeezus didn't produce a single not because of some purposeful shunning of industry tradition, but because there simply isn't a song here that has any chance of radio play. "I've been a menace for the longest, but I ain't finished," Kanye raps, a fitting omen: It quickly becomes apparent that Yeezus is Kanye's biggest, baddest middle finger to his critics yet.

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