By Jared Coles
Kanye West dropped his new album entitled Ye, and like Pusha T’s album, it’s short and to the point.
The seven song album is a bit of a handful, but I enjoyed it. It has several features, such as Kid Cudi and John Legend. While the album has some similar vibes to some of his previous albums, Ye, is more of a reflection than anything else. In a time where “Sad Rap” is in, Kanye talks about some of the issues that are bothering him and he doesn’t hold back. The album starts out on a dark note with “I thought about killing you.” Kanye goes from singing to, rapping in a “spoken word,” type of form and details some of his troubles. During the song, he goes on to say, “I love myself way more than I love you / And I thought about killing myself today / So best know I thought about killing you.” On the next song, “Yikes,” he dives even further into this abyss, with him saying, “Sh*t could get menacin’, find help / Sometimes I scare myself, myself,” on the hook. He even talks about some current social issues such as #MeToo. While I enjoyed the the first two songs, I wasn’t a huge fan on the next song “All Mine.” On the fourth song, “Wouldn’t Leave,” things began to lighten up.
On the gospel influenced track, he attempts to address some of the controversies that have surrounded him leading up to the album. “They say, “build your own,” I said, “How, Sway?/ I said, “Slavery a choice.” They say, “How, Ye?”/ Just imagine if they caught me on a wild day / Now I’m on fifty blogs gettin’ fifty calls/ 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.” Kanye continues to keep this light mood on, “No Mistakes” and “Ghostown.” My favorite song on the album is the last song, “Violent Crimes.” It starts with an angelic voice and ends with what seems like a hopeful tone.
Overall, I liked the album. Kanye was able to get how felt on wax and it seems like he is at peace with has transpired across the last few years.