Two days after he was hospitalized in New York for dehydration, rock veteran Lou Reed has heaped praise upon Kanye West's new album "Yeezus," calling it "majestic and inspiring."
Reed reviewed the rapper's new LP on website The Talkhouse.com on Monday, coming just shy of calling Kanye a genius.
"There are moments of supreme beauty and greatness on this record, and then some of it is the same old s**t," Reed says. "But the guy really, really, really is talented. He's really trying to raise the bar. No one's near doing what he's doing, it's not even on the same planet."
The Velvet Underground star picks apart the album song-by-song and often defends Kanye's lyrics, which he calls "the same old b.s."
"Maybe because he made up so much of [the lyrics] at the last minute," Reed writes. "But it's the energy behind it, the aggression. Usually the Kanye lyrics I like are funny, and he's very funny here. Although he thinks that getting head from nuns and eating Asian p***y with sweet and sour sauce is funny, and it might be, to a 14-year-old — but it has nothing to do with me."
Reed also says that the rapper's song "I Am A God" is "just begging people to attack him."
"But it's just ridiculous that people are getting upset about "Put my fist in her like a civil rights sign"? C'mon, he's just having fun. That's no more serious than if he said he's going to drop a bomb on the Vatican. How can you take that seriously?"
Kanye knows exactly what he's doing, too.
"Very often, he'll have this very monotonous section going and then, suddenly - 'BAP! BAP! BAP! BAP!' - he disrupts the whole thing and we're on to something new that's absolutely incredible. That's architecture, that's structure - this guy is seriously smart...," the rock icon notes. "And it works. It works because it's beautiful — you either like it or you don't — there's no reason why it's beautiful. I don't know any musician who sits down and thinks about this. He feels it, and either it moves you too, or it doesn't, and that's that. You can analyze it all you want."
"It's all the same sh*t, it's all music — that's what makes him great. If you like sound, listen to what he's giving you. Majestic and inspiring."
Check out Lou Reed's full review of Kanye's "Yeezus" at The Talkhouse.com