The Rundown: Kanye West, Yeezus

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"Blood on the Leaves"

In another ingenius juxtaposition of opposites, Kanye blends a reference to C-Murder's "Down 4 My N---as," trap production from hipster-adored beatmakers TNGHT and a sample from Nina Simone's brutal version of "Strange Fruit." The lattermost, though, is troubling — a brutal requiem about lynchings repurposed for a song about breakups, gold-diggers and molly. Kanye even compares having to give his wifey and mistress separate courtside basketball seats to apartheid. It seems so willfully offensive that we can't help but wonder if Kanye, by aligning his superficial first-world problems with the all-too-real struggles of his ancestors, is making a deeper critical statement about himself and society as whole.

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