Production credits feature frequent collaborator Mike Dean, Kanye West, Francis & The Lights (whom Kanye has said in the past is one of his favourite artists), Che Pope and Benny Blanco. Watch
Kanye West had everyone wishing they were in Wyoming last night..
Stand out Tracks: "All Mine," "Wouldn't Leave," and "Yikes"
Release Date: June 1st, 2018
Kanye West's incredibly highly anticipated album was finally released this morning and was streamed last night at Kanye West's massive and star studded album release party in Wyoming. With much discussion over the album title and cover, those assumptions were put to rest this morning. Kanye West's latest album is titled ye and does not feature his mother's surgeon, but instead is a nice photo of some mountain ranges (I'm guessing from Wyoming) with the statement in the centre, "I hate being Bi-Polar it's awesome." Although the tracklist shows no features we all know Kanye had plenty of help on this album as there were many reports of Kanye flying artists in and out of his compound in Wyoming very frequently. Features on the 7-track (23 minute) album include Ty Dolla $ign, Valee, John Legend, The-Dream, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Jeremih, Kid Cudi, Charlie Wilson, 070 Shake and lastly Nicki Minaj.
After your first listen of ye the album will seem underwhelming because there is no "Jesus Walks" on the album, but the project shows Kanye's growth as an artist. You hear Kanye's soul come out in ye, and that's apparent by the selected features, which exclusively includes singers with exception of Valee. It's clear that Kanye is in a whole different light on this album being the most positive and a hard contrast from his Yeezus album in 2013. It seems like almost a continuation of The Life of Pablo, but not as conceited. What is the album about? Love. From "Ghost Town" to "Violent Crimes" to "No Mistakes" to "Wouldn't Leave," Kanye raps about loyalty, compassion, personal growth and reflects on all the controversy he's faced recently. This album has all the R&B feels and I can see how this was the product of working in Wyoming with so much nature surrounding him. You can hear the inspiration in every collaboration on the album and how each feature leave their souls on the track. The only cuts that really show any signs of Kanye snapping on a record are "All Mine" and "Yikes." So if you're a hip-hop head looking for bars to get hype to on the weekend look no further than those two tracks produced by Kanye, Mike Dean on both and Francis & The Lights on "All Mine." As for the opening track "I Thought About Killing You," it features a reflective monologue by Kanye describing his state of mind amidst his struggles with some bars on the outro. In conclusion, ye isn't exactly the album hip-hop/rap fans were waiting for, but Kanye was headed down this road sonically since his last album and an artist's personal growth in life always makes it into their music. Kanye has been feeling some type of way (as most of us are aware) and well... even if you don't agree with the man, you can't deny he puts out quality genre-defying music. PS Great to hear more soul from Kanye.
Watch Charlamagne The God's personal interview with Kanye West below to gather a better sense of where the album was recorded and for a deeper dive into Kanye's psyche. Find Kanye's latest album on our City Soundcheck playlist via Spotify.