With its looping female vocals and smooth soul samples, ‘Bound 2’ stands out from the stripped down, angular tracks that make up the bulk of ‘Yeezus’. But if the song isn’t quite as confrontational as some of its album compatriots, at least Kanye can still be relied on to keep things crazy.
Witness this nugget from his recent interview with Radio 1’s Zane Lowe: “I’ve reached a point in my life where my Truman Show boat has hit the painting,” he told the overly enthusiastic DJ. “And I’ve got to a point that Michael Jackson did not break down. I have reached the glass ceiling. As a creative person, as a celebrity. When I say that, it means, I want to do product, I am a product person. Not just clothing, but water bottle design, architecture, everything, you know, that you could think about. And I’ve been at it for 10 years, and I look around, and I say, wait a second, there’s no one in this space that looks like me, and if they are, they’re quiet as fuck. So that means, wait a second, now we’re seriously, like, in a civil rights movement.”
As usual for Kanye, it’s a basically reasonable point – that the higher echelons of society are still overwhelmingly white – dressed up in a glittering garb of overweening ego and misplaced self-confidence. Why shouldn’t he be an architect? We imagine the many people who have spent their lives learning how to design buildings that don’t fall down when someone slams a door too hard might have a few ideas. (Side note – a TV programme that featured Kanye being parachuted into different jobs for which he is wholly unqualified – NASA engineer, heart surgeon, monumental mason – would surely be a massive hit.)
But that’s Kanye. He’s already told us that he’s both God and the Black Jesus. We should just accept his omnicompetence and bow down to our new water bottle-designing rap overlord.