August 21, 2013


Artist-on-Artist Crush: Trent Reznor Adores Kanye West's 'Yeezus'

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Fans might be divided on Kanye West's unrepentantly harsh album Yeezus—some call it a masterwork while others yearn for the soulful buoyance of his earlier albums—but Trent Reznor has no uncertain feelings about West's sixth. The Nine Inch Nails frontman lurves it.

"Yeezus, I really love it. The sound of it is cool," Reznor told Spin. "I can't endorse what he's saying lyrically, but I will say that in terms of the role of the dangerous entertainer in 2013, nobody is beating him at that game. It feels like he might implode."

Even so, Reznor isn't entirely convinced Kanye's loose-cannon persona is entirely accurate. "Even if it is calculated to some degree, [Yeezus] feels rough on the edges in a way that I can appreciate. I'm glad he's out there. Consistently, he's put out ahead-of-the-curve sh-t. He's definitely a talented guy."

While 'Ye has moved from the pop-friendly rap of "Gold Digger" to the uncompromisingly dour "Black Skinhead" over the years, NIN are taking a break from decades of bleakness on the upcoming Hesitation Marks. Just listen to the full-on pop song "Everything" to see what we mean.