I wanted to spend hours battling the ‘I told you so’ stans over Kanye’s eighth, 7 track – studio album, ‘Ye’. Instead, I was imperceptibly shortchanged. Even though there are some beautiful moments on the album, none of them are magical, enduring or brilliant lyrically. If you went to Ye’ exploratory of political views, explanations of recent assonant outbursts on slavery with hopes of the production genius vindicating himself; you came to the wrong place. The bottom line is, Ye’ just didn’t live up to the emotional rollercoaster he constantly puts his fans through.
What are the pros?
- Production-wise, his composition is impeccable; and brings you back to his early career of sweet soulful melody connecting sounds. This album reminded me of his sentimental symmetry on MBDTF. Let’s just be honest, Kanye West is one of the best soulful architects of hiphop beats you’ll ever hear in this life time.
- We joke about Kanye being 2 skittles short of a king-size bag, but in reality Kanye’s album is a deep dark look into his mental health and his total awareness that he is struggling with his emotional health and being. It should be commended that he is aware and just ‘thought about killing you’ especially because mental health is disregarded largely in the black community.Also, he is conscious of his challenges with recent drug addiction as he raps unapologetically about his recent encounters over the hardcore 808’s of Yikes.
- The collaborations made this album somewhere between slightly over ‘decent’ and tolerable at best. Most of the vocalsare uncredited but there are moments on the album that made you connect and almost get lost, until Ye’s vocals brought you back to reality. A stand out record is ‘Ghost Town’ featuring John Legend, Kid Cudi and 070 Shake which gives you that gritty feel over a soulful beat and hook; alsoknown as the formula to hip hop. In the most virtuous tone that can be spoken; the collaborations saved this album.
- The album has a bit of a sadness to it. Fortunately, some of the best albums are the most successful because of the emotional connection it brings to the surface. What makes this album anywhere but stellar is the lack of lyrical content Ye’ provided.
Which brings me to the cons.
- Much of Ye is a huge contradiction, here’s why. Yeezy talks about fear of death on Yikes, but raps about suicide and pre-meditated murder on I Thought About Killing You. He conveys his love and appreciation for his wife on Wouldn’t Leave, but other times seems to praise infidelity on records like All Mine and No Mistakes. It’s hard to appreciate his artistry on what seems to be his disorganized version of 4:44.
- He chose personal vs. political – which isn’t necessarily a bad contrivance if you haven’t left your fans searching for answers on your recent views and antics.
- The album seems rushed. Everything from the last minute album cover shot with a cell phone to unfinished rushed vocals; it appears to be a bit hurried in areas. However, it is understandable considering the amount of summer releases he is currently producing.
- He took a shot at Drake and Tristan Thompson and missed on both.
The album shows that Kanye is indeed a beautiful mixed mind of uncertainty infused with talent and it definitely grew on me in the last 48 hours. Ye can be best described as a mosaic of homage to his wife, daughter and internal mind abreast triumphant production. In the lostness there is a sense of beauty. My favorite records on the album are Wouldn’t Leave and Ghost Town.
All in all, it’s worth the 23 minute listen.
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