The moment all (well, some) of you have been waiting for - my review on Ye.
It’s undeniable that he is an artistic genius… and an artistic asshole. The college dropout with a Master's in Controversy and a PhD in Stirring Up Shit, Kanye’s name has been everywhere the past few months. Whether you’re a fan, old fan, hater, or college graduate, Kanye’s antics surrounded you like water and it was hard not to drown in the madness. While I make it a point to separate the artist and the person with all of my favorites, Ye made it especially tough with his comments on slavery among the rest of his rants. And while it comes with the territory when you’re a known fan, I had no stance on any arguments that came my way. “What’s wrong with your boy?” A “ye shrug” is all I had to offer. So while I don’t condone his actions, I still remain loyal to the man’s music - here it goes.
“The most beautiful thoughts are always besides the darkest”
Daunting, we have now entered the mind of Kanye West. The opening of Ye had me in a trance. A sucker for spoken word, “I Thought About Killing You” had me seriously stuck - I probably shouldn't have been speeding down 95 when I hit play. As the album played on, I found myself lost in his innermost thoughts. Here’s Kanye giving you “old Kanye” that everybody’s been asking for. Ya wanted Ye? Here’s Ye.
Def Jam Poetry vibes, I snapped my fingers while gripping the wheel (talent). Raw Mr. West vibes, I head bopped and hummed the whole way down the express lane (I would later learn all the words). Summer '08 vibes, I gasped at the sound of Cudi’s voice (hey boo!). Suffice to say, I was feeling the album.
“I’m a superhero"
It was reported that Kanye had changed the album at the last second, and soYe is 24 minutes of Kanye in his purest moments. While he clearly has no degree in Communication, this is what he meant when he spewed on about free thought and free expression. Ye is Kanye. Simply put.
Where some may think he’s using the album to pardon his actions, I think it’s more than that. He’s explaining himself while not asking for forgiveness, while not promising change. He confronts his actions, to not make an appeal but to just be honest about himself. He uses Ye to confess suicidal thoughts, how his antics have affected his marriage, his love for his children, and - what we already knew - that he’s bipolar. Let’s not forget his love for big tits and asses; you can rightfully say that Ye has something for everybody.
“I live for now, I don’t know what happen after here.”
Lacking of empathy while still being sympathetic, the album plays as an emotional roller coaster. Provided largely by Kanye and Mike Dean, the soundscape embodies the thoughts and feelings of a manic depressive. From the highest of highs, to the lowest of lows - you can hear it alone in the first track. Morphing through different beats, the soundscape takes you on this roller coaster as you hit each and every lyric. Through every tight turn and inversion, you can’t help but replay the album, diving deeper into the man’s subconscious.
Kanye West delivers Ye after publicly going through another extreme among a long list of others in his history. His mental status shouldn’t be a reason to ignore the album, nor should it be a reason to listen to it. Listen to Ye to hear some GOOD Music. Listen to Ye because you want to. Ye is raw, beautiful, powerful, dark, lighthearted, loving and more. Ye is Kanye, and that’s why you should listen to it.
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