Footnotes: Kanye’s Yeezus

In honor of Kanye’s birthday (June 8th), we’re pulling out this classic playlist from Andrew Noz that looks at the influences behind Kanye’s abrasive and divisive 2013 album, Yeezus. The playlist could be read as an alternative history of modern music, with nods to classic acid house, soul, industrial, trap, Chicago drill, club-friendly hip-hop and everything in between. If nothing else, it reveals Kanye’s omnivorous tastes, and provides a testament to the Chicago producer’s ability to coalesce all these seemingly disparate sounds into a cohesive (if still jarring) whole. You can count me among those who feel that Yeezus was his high-water mark, and this playlist does an amazing job at showing why.