The Rundown: Kanye West, Yeezus

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"On Sight"

As if the barely-there artwork and the punk-ish SNL performances weren't clue enough, "On Sight" quickly establishes that Yeezus is going to challenge. After an abrasive synth note rings out, a distorted electro beat that takes inspiration from old-school Detroit ghetto tech starts to pulse relentlessly. "A monster about to come alive again," Kanye raps, and he makes good on that threat later on — the rhymes on Yeezus are some of his most in-your-face and egotistical. West and co-producers Daft Punk almost seem to acknowledge the offense; the beat switches to a happy soul sample halfway through. Though, in this context, it sounds almost scary, like a ghostly reminder of Kanye's old, discarded sound and self.

(Photo: Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank)

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