If you haven’t distilled a theme from Kanye’s assorted 808s & Heartbreaks leaks, lemme help you: Ye’s traded rapping for pretty much nonstop Auto-Tuned warbling, and dude is really, really glum. If you’re thinking a song titled “Amazing” is gonna offer respite, you’re thinking with your squidbrains. Kanye’s voice here betrays a subdued and detached disgust, and while you could say the auto-tuner has a way of masking vocal emotion, it can’t dilute the contempt in these lyrics: “I’m a monster, I’m a killer, I know I’m wrong / I’m a problem that’ll never be solved … I’m a monster, I’m a maven, I know this world is changing / Never gave in, never gave up, I’m the only thing I’m afraid of.” OK, make that self contempt. Maybe Kanye should have saved the American Psycho-referencing vid for this track. Young Jeezy’s on hand to rhyme “sodium” with “podium” and momentarily distract you from being freaked out for Kanye’s mental condition. Enjoy!
808s & Heartbreaks is out 11/24 via Roc-A-Fella/Island Def Jam.