Y’all still boycotting Kanye’s album?
Just over a month ago Kanye West made headlines once again for his unapologetic speech. The difference and obvious problem this time was the fact that he offended those who have been behind him since day one. The raw excitement that stemmed from Kanye West announcing he was soon to release another album, suddenly dropped right into the shadows. As Ye continued to rollout the rest of his albums promotion, fans seemingly chose to pick one of two sides; one that is still supportive of Kanye, and one who has had enough, choosing to boycott Kanye. The whole TMZ incident very well could’ve been a publicity stunt, but regardless of whether it offended or intrigued you, it’s safe to say that a very high majority of people were interested in what else Kanye had to say.
‘Ye’ would go on to drop on Friday, June 1st and in just under a week, end up being the number one album in 83 countries. Maybe people forgot that Kanye West has always made good music. Thursday night consisted of fans actively live streaming Ye’s album release party on WAV Media, hosted in Wyoming (yeah we still don’t understand why). New Kanye, is good music in one way or the other, and it became clearly evident that we were getting some sort of it. In spite of his mental as a person, his music will always have key qualities that are nothing short of golden; his production, his ability to use others, and his destined challenge of the status quo.
His production has always been on 100 thousand. Gold would be an understatement to the effects of Kanye dipping his hand into a beat. Unlike any other point in his career, such as the times of 808s & Heartbreak or Yeezus, what we saw the most in The Life of Pablo was a handful of distinct songs that seamlessly molded together to complete a Kanye West album that fit into no one category. Sounding notably similar, Ye takes the mental on a full 360 from high energy and hard vibes, to angelic hip-hop gospel in each beat with the help of Mike Dean. The trust is validated in production but what people may fail to realize in the scheme of things is that Kanye West is the best A&R of music right now. Even more so than a DJ Khaled or Calvin Harris, no one can build a more solid team for a song other than Kanye West. Those he features are used to perfection. With appearances from artists like Ty Dolla Sign, 070 Shake, and uncle Charlie Wilson, the last component to the recipe of Kanye’s music is the fact that there is no sound. Instead of making content that fits into the scheme of the industry, Kanye has always been one of the first to open a new lane up right when we thought that all have been rode. With those in mind, and certainly within the music, here’s what we thought about each song on Kanye West’s Ye.
“I Thought About Killing You”:
With no hesitation, this is the most vulnerable track on the album. Very early in the game we got the stern notion that Kanye might be explaining himself within this project. More often now, the things that happen in his personal life seem to overshadow or get more attention than his actual music. In real life, off of the mic, Kanye admits that he too has the same corrupted mental thoughts that an average person who experiences detriment does. “I Thought About Killing You” explains the what, the why, and the how that no one seemed to understand for years now.
The Gist: “I love myself way more than I love you/ And I think about killing myself/ So best believe, I thought about killing you today”
The title matches the song accurately because there’s definitely a lot going on in this one. The beginning of the track resembles “Wolves” before it abruptly erupts with hard rapping Yeezus Kanye. This song speaks to controlled chaos of not only the industry but also of being at the top of such. It’s going on 15 years that Kanye has been a staple name in music. The mind of an OG protrudes in each bar Kanye writes. This is the new Kanye.
The Gist: “Russell Simmons wanna pray for me too/ I’ma pray for him ’cause he got #MeToo’d/ Thinkin’ what if that happened to me too/ Then I’m on E! News”
“All Mine” ft. Valee & Ty Dolla Sign:
There’s no way you can’t be pleased with this one. “All Mine” is an ode to harvesting something of huge value, as some may say Kanye does with Kim. Although the song is under 3 minutes, the song is fully completed with features from G.O.O.D. Music signee Valee and Taylor Gang’s TY$. The most interesting part of this song is hearing the slick entrance of Ty who is actually a younger version of Ye in the sense that he can make any kind of music and fit effortlessly into any song.
The Gist: “Right now, let’s do what we want/ Let’s have a threesome with you and the blunt/ I love your titties ’cause they prove I can focus on two things at once”
“Wouldn’t Leave” ft. PARTYNEXTDOOR, Jeremih, and Ty Dolla Sign:
Speaking of Kim, “Wouldn’t Leave” tells the tale of his wife’s feelings and reactions to all the controversy he confidently causes. The first thing some people think is how the hell no one around Kanye stops him from saying and doing the things he encounters. With the silence, some could assume that those around him agree but if there is truth to Kanye’s words, then Kim has never co-signed the said ridiculousness. “Wouldn’t Leave” also brings power through the vocals of Ty again, and PARTYNEXTDOOR. Painted on a beautiful chorus, we also hear Chicago native Jeremih who is no stranger to a career of hits.
The Gist: “My wife callin’, screamin’, say we ’bout to lose it all/ Had to calm her down ’cause she couldn’t breathe/Told her she could leave me now, but she wouldn’t leave”
“No Mistakes” ft. Kid Cudi & Charlie Wilson:
Big ups to Slick Rick. “No Mistakes” samples Slick Rick’s “Hey Young World” released on Ricks The Great Adventures of Slick Rick. This song sounds like church on a Sunday of dark clouds. For some reason, this song is beauty within pain, accepting an inner peace strong enough to love over all. G.O.O.D. Friday’s has showed us years ago that Kanye West & Charlie Wilson are magic together, as they did with “Bound 2” in addition. Well, welcome back uncle Charlie; they got another one.
The Gist: “Let me make this clear, so all y’all see/ I don’t take advice from people less successful than me /Haan? Ain’t no love lost, but the gloves off/ And we up in this bitch until they turn the club off”
“Ghost Town” ft. John Legend, 070 Shake, & Kid Cudi:
If this song is any sample as to what we’re going to receive on Kanye & Cudi’s collaborated album, then damn we sure do have a reason to excited. Cudi is good for making heavy music that makes you smile, like laughing in the middle of a cry. And Kanye, Kanye is his bag is arguably the best Ye. Before the curtains closed, a New Jersey singer by the name of 070 Shake stole the damn show with an unexpected performance. This song is the scare, finally healed and still present.
The Gist:”No half-truths, just naked minds/ Caught between space and time/ This not what we had in mind/ But maybe someday”
“Violent Crimes” ft. 070 Shake, Ty Dolla Sign, & Nicki Minaj:
There’s more than enough truth to the idea that you only feel something when it directly relates to you. “Violent Crimes” was written for Kanye’s first child, North West, as he openly raps about his conscious fears of guys being grimey and objectifying to her as she gets older. The end of the track features a voicemail from Nicki that seems to be a clip of her giving Yeezy an idea for a bar in the beginning of the song. (Monster Nicki is the most iconic Nicki). The song ends on a calm descend that is TY$ and 070 Shakes once again. They may be the only two Kanye needs to make music with because the album couldn’t have featured two better matches.
The Gist: “Don’t do no yoga, don’t do pilates/ Just play piano and stick to karate/ I pray your body’s draped more like mine/ And not like your mommy’s”
Kanye West’s 7th studio album is in no way, top 3 from Kanye. Nor is it last 3. Ye is is that album that Kanye needed to drop not only so fans could understand where he’s been coming from, but for himself as well. Unlike putting up a front and glossing over the things that kill him internally, Kanye replicated real rap in the sense that Ye expressed the real traumas and contemplation that hip-hop originates from. It’s easy for fans to get caught up in the version of Kanye that they want to hear, but Ye serves as the pure reflection and testament to where Kanye is in his career, and where he could take it. Now, we would be lying if we said that album lived up to the hype that surrounded it, however new Kanye is new Kanye, and that means good music somewhere along the line.
Listen to Ye here.