(via Mrs. Maria Matthiessen on This American LIfe)
Stephen Gardella, Matthew Alston, Mark Levy
2. Big Fat Fatties
Josh Sharp, Langan Kinglsey, Aaron Jackson
3. Pigeon Collision
Mike Kelton, Morgan Miller, Corinne Caputo
4. Loveless Marriage
Chris Teja, Al Smith, Joel Straley
Dan Black, Neil Casey, Gavin Speiller
6. Affirmative Action
Milly Tamarez, Glorilis Tavarez, Kerry Coddett
7. Girlfriends Best Friends
Allie Kokesh, Ryan Haney, and Natasha Vaynblat
8. Wildcard #2
"New Slaves" has that line ‘Y’all throwin’ contracts at me/ You know that niggas can’t read.’ Wow, wow, wow. That is an amazing thing to put in a lyric. That’s a serious accusation in the middle of this rant at other people: an accusation of himself. As if he’s some piece of shit from the street who doesn’t know nothing. Yeah, right — your mom was a college English professor.”
-from the late Lou Reed’s review of Yeezus.
I love this review and think almost all of it is really great, but Lou Reed completely misread New Slaves.
That song is specifically about what it’s like to be a rich, powerful black person in the year 2013 who is at the very (almost) top of the food chain financially but still fighting against being controlled by old white money. It’s also about dealing with presumptions and throwing them back in the faces of the people trying to categorize you and hold you down (note the especially great line about contracts). Maybe not so much nowadays, but I’m sure that over the years Kanye’s had plenty of checks signed by elderly white men who didn’t care that his mom was an English professor, and that’s exactly the point.
I don’t think anybody really cares what I think of this song, or that I maybe understood it more than a recently-deceased 71 year old man, but I REALLY like Yeezus and I REALLY like talking about it.