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In the midst of a Twitter and pop culture controversy that questioned Kanye’s mental and musical capabilities, Kanye ignores the critics and does what he does best, make good music.
At just 7 songs long, Ye is short but wholesome. Kanye’s newest project also feels like one of his happiest and carefree to date. Ye is an original album; however, sounds familiar as it combines some of the best elements from past projects like College Dropout and My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.
Ye’s first track, “I Thought About Killing You,” starts out in true Kanye fashion. He delivers controversial lines about wanting to kill someone, but this line alludes to more than just murder.
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Here, Kanye could be alluding to two ideas. Ye could actually be contemplating killing someone. Or, it could be a nod to his bipolar disorder, which he announced on the cover on this project’s cover. Kanye is describing two sides of himself. The happy and real side, which he even thinks about killing, and the depressed side, which he raps about murdering.
Although the whole album delivers, two songs stand out as the best of the album.
The third song of the album, “All Mine,” seems primed to be the only song from the project to make the club scene. Kanye received help from G.O.O.D Music artist Valee for the song, who delivered a chorus that you can’t help but like. Valee’s high pitched voice over a wonderfully produced Kanye beat demands any listeners head to involuntarily start bobbing. “All Mine,” also delivers some of Kanye’s most odd lines of the album, including lyrics about Tristan Thompson’s infidelity to Khloe Kardashian and a desire to want a woman like Stormy Daniels.
Along with “All Mine,” “Violent Crimes” stands out as one of the best of the album. This song is one of Kanye’s most vulnerable to date, discussing fatherhood and his want for his daughters to never grow up. On the song, he talks about how becoming a dad has changed his outlook on women. He knows how some men are with women, as he was once that kind of man, playing with women’s emotions and only looking at their physical features. On “Violent Crimes” he raps about not wanting his daughters to go through this kind of pain that men can create.
Overall, Ye, contains beats we have always expected from Kanye, along with lines that are both carefree and in depth. Although the project is short, it works towards Kanye’s favor as the album only gets better with each listen.
Listen to one of Kanye’s most interesting and best projects to date above.
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