So Kanye West’s much-anticipated eighth studio album did certainly arrive, however — like quite a lot of issues in regards to the rapper nowadays — issues didn’t go accordingly to typical plan.
His newest, although not historically previewed for critics, was unveiled throughout an unique listening social gathering at Diamond Cross Ranch in Jackson Gap, Wyoming, the place the LP was recorded. The seven-song set, whose title hadn’t been revealed beforehand, is named “YE.”
However, whereas the album was performed round a bonfire at about 10 p.m. native time on Thursday evening as West himself danced round, it was not instantly made obtainable at streaming or different digital providers on the ordinary midnight drop time on its scheduled Friday launch date. “YE” was reportedly nonetheless as a result of be made obtainable for the remainder of the world to listen to later that day.
Among the many stars in attendance on the listening social gathering have been rappers 2 Chainz, Pusha T, Nas, Fabolous and Lil Yachty in addition to West’s spouse, Kim Kardashian, and actor Jonah Hill. Chris Rock launched “YE” on the social gathering, which was additionally live-streamed.
“Hip-hop is the primary artwork type created by free black males,” mentioned Rock. “No black man has taken extra benefit of his freedom than Kanye West.”
That introduction may increase some eyebrows, given West’s extremely controversial feedback a month in the past on “TMZ Reside,” the place he mentioned that slavery “feels like a alternative.”
“YE” reportedly addresses West’s slavery rant on one monitor: “I mentioned slavery’s a alternative, they mentioned, ‘How Ye?’/Simply think about in the event that they caught me on a wild day.” However the title of that music was not revealed throughout the listening session.
The LP additionally reportedly feedback on the #MeToo motion and, specifically, the allegations in opposition to hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons: “Wanna pray for him ’trigger he received Me Too’d.”
“YE” additionally reportedly references West’s psychological well being and drug dependancy. Whereas no official monitor itemizing was instantly made obtainable, the album contains visitor spots by Nicki Minaj, Ty Dolla $ign, Younger Thug, Charlie Wilson and Jeremih.
Coming on the heels of West’s current controversy tour, “YE” finds the 21-time Grammy winner at a tipping level with even his most loyal followers.