7 Songs, 23 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Kanye doesn’t shy away from darkness or drama on his eighth solo album, created amid the snowcapped mountains encircling Jackson Hole, Wyoming. While the headline-grabbing controversies preceding the album are mentioned (including that notorious “slavery was a choice” comment), he also delivers some of the most candid lyrics of his career. Kanye confesses to suicidal and homicidal thoughts within the first minute, admits he’s bipolar on “Yikes”—proclaiming the condition is “my super-power…ain’t no disability”—and reveals how having daughters changed his views about women on “Violent Crimes". As always, his production is remarkable; Kanye’s political beliefs may have changed, but his ear for chopped samples, gospel-informed vocals and outstanding beats hasn’t.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Kanye doesn’t shy away from darkness or drama on his eighth solo album, created amid the snowcapped mountains encircling Jackson Hole, Wyoming. While the headline-grabbing controversies preceding the album are mentioned (including that notorious “slavery was a choice” comment), he also delivers some of the most candid lyrics of his career. Kanye confesses to suicidal and homicidal thoughts within the first minute, admits he’s bipolar on “Yikes”—proclaiming the condition is “my super-power…ain’t no disability”—and reveals how having daughters changed his views about women on “Violent Crimes". As always, his production is remarkable; Kanye’s political beliefs may have changed, but his ear for chopped samples, gospel-informed vocals and outstanding beats hasn’t.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

3.7 out of 5
80 Ratings

80 Ratings

Severian14 ,

Solo for an EP, not for an album

There’s really not much not to like about “Ye.” The songs are solid, catchy and occasionally brilliant (“Ghost Town”). Not one of them is garbage, or would even qualify as filler on a full-length album. However, when all you have are these 7 songs, and nothing drastically new or different sonically going on at any point in this release, it’s hard not to see it as a low point for an artist like Kanye, who has made more classic albums than any of his peers, and who has changed the face of music with each album since 2004. This is the first time a Kanye album has felt like it should have been a handful of singles released throughout the year, rather than an entry in his otherwise perfect discography.
While “Kids See Ghosts” and “Daytona” both manage to feel essential and vital even at their extremely abbreviated lengths, “Ye” feels thrown together and almost unnecessary. It’s still better than 90% of the hip-hop music you’ll hear (“No Mistake” bounces with an almost Graduation-esque effervescence, and “I Thought About Killing You” is a chilling, compelling oddball confessional that resolves into an undeniable thumper), this record simply cant stand alongside full-length albums — especially 2016’s chaotically masterful TLOP — without paling in comparison.

Disappointed Longtime Djay Fan ,

When Did Public Opinion Become Art Appreciation

This is a really good album, especailly when you stand it up against so much garbage that is being put out under the terms as popular rap music. Do yourself a favor, and disregard the public opinon about Kanye, and just close your eyes and listen to his evolvement and creative voice on Ye as a mainstream Hip-Hop artist. He truly is one of the greatest artist to ever do it. Ye proves that. That is, if you get past the public's opinion about him...

PowerManSpekk ,

Not good

This is not the ye I used to listen to

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