Since the arrival of his first album “College Dropout”, there is always excitement when it comes to a new Kanye West album, this new album is no different. Despite his nonpolitically related support of President Trump, working on his Yeezy clothing line and his recent TMZ incident, Kanye still had time to work on 5 albums including his newest offering, “Ye”, the 2nd of 5 albums he produced during his time in Wyoming and Utah.
Upon hearing the Intro “I Thought About Killing You”, I was not impressed that was until we got to “Yikes”, the 2nd track which finds Kanye spitting bars like “Yeezy Yeezy trolling OD, ha!/Turn TMZ to Smack DVD, ha!”, referring his TMZ incident from a month or so and a #MeToo line in regards to Russell Simmons that may or may not be appropriate.
On “All Mine” featuring Ty Dolla $ign and Jeremih, Kanye speaks on the pressures of having certain relationships while the next track “Wouldn’t Leave” speaks on his relationship with his wife, Kim Kardashian.
The Last 3 tracks, “No Mistakes”, “Ghost Town” and “Violent Crimes” are probably my favorites besides “Yikes”. On “No Mistakes”, Ye speaks on his mental illness while taking some shots at Drake with “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 “Too close to snipe you/Truth told, I like you/Too bold to type you/Too rich to fight you/Calm down, you light skin!”.
“Ghost Town” is just an amazing, positive song that sets up as a teaser for the Kanye West/Kid Cudi album that dropped the next Friday while “Violent Crimes” finds Ye speaking about his fears as a father for his daughter North West.
In this streaming music era, the ability to make last minute edits and additions to an album is a dream come true for a genius like Kanye West. This is seen in the lyrics that mention relevant events have happened within the last month.
Overall, sounding more like a mini “The Life of Pablo’, “Ye” is another great project from Kanye West but with the controversy surrounding Mr. West along with the music not really being culture shifting in my opinion like his previous work it’s not going to make it into my Top 5 Kanye West albums, let alone my Top 5 albums of 2018.