Kanye is actively shaping culture more than any other musician working right now. Shit, any artist that can leave songs as blatantly awesome as "The Joy" and "Take One For The Team" off of his album has to be in some kind of otherwordly zone. His rapping is better than ever (or at least, as consistent as it was on previous high-point Late Registration), and since picking up production tricks-of-the-trade from Jon Brion, his compositions have gotten even more grandiose. The most outstanding songs flourish in the spirit of the worldbeating genre-meld that Michael Jackson perfected in his prime but with the bitterness and confusion of his mid-90s turmoil. Feeling this shit.