Aight so back on Friday Kayne West dropped his new album “ye” and I’ve listened to is front to back like 6 or 7 times now and I’m proud to announce that I friggin love this thing. It’s whacky and at times all over the place but it’s genuine and Kayne continues to prove that he just an outstanding producer. Since it’s a short album at only 7 songs I feel like I can just go through each one and give my thoughts.
I Thought About Killing You: I really like that through the first half of the song all of the sounds are the human voice. Like everything is, at least as far as I can tell, but wow does this thing start in a really dark place. Lyrics like “I love myself way more than I love you and I think about killing myself, so best believe I thought about killing you today.” are really unnerving to listen to on their own and probably part of the reason that I had mixed feelings about this album on my first listen. The way that he opens the album by talking about his own struggles with Bi-Polar disorder and how that interlinks with the rest of the album though I think it’s a pretty fascinating choice.
Yikes: Ok so we start the album with this really slow number where Kayne is opening up about his struggles and then we lurch into this number which to me sounds much more like a typical Kayne song. Simple but good beats with him mouthing off about his greatness. Not really a lot else to say about this one except the claim that being Bi-Polar is his superpower which I guess in a sense it is because it’s part of what’s allowed him to become and be who is he. Not really sure many others would make a similar claim, at least I don’t think they would.
Oh, there’s also him straight up REEEE’ing (unsure of the grammar there) at the end of the song. That’s… something alright.
All Mine: Again this song struck me as a pretty basic Kayne track, and it combined with Yikes feels to me like the weakest part of the album, but I have to talk about the most absurd, stupid, and hilarious lyric I’ve heard in a long time.
“I love your tiddies cause they prove I can focus on two things at once.”
Like jeez dude, I had to pause and recollect myself because of how ridiculous that was. That’s some stuff that wouldn’t play at a sleazy open mic but I guess since you’re Kayne we’re supposed to just let you do your thing.
Wouldn’t Leave: “I said slavery a choice, they say how Ye, just imagine if they caught me on a wild day.”
I think that lyric on its own pretty much sums up how the average person feels about Kayne West. He says some absolutely outrageous things in public and most people just shrug it off as some Kayne BS and move on with their lives.
It’s probably worth noting that at this point we’re back to a more mellow beat with Kayne exposing his personal vulnerabilities. This album is up and down just like the Ye himself.
No Mistakes: I don’t have anything that interesting to say about this song, but to me personally this one sounds a lot like Graduation, another album of Kayne’s which I love dearly so yeah I really like this song.
Ghost Towns:Ok I’m a huge Kid Cudi fan so anything with him involved I’m like super down with and this song mostly serves as a teaser for Kayne and Kid Cudi’s collaborative album that will hopefully be released later this week. I’m extra excited because Kid Cudi’s parts sound a lot like Man on the Moon stuff and that’s like my favourite rap album of all time don’t @ me.
Again note that this song and No Mistakes that preceded it are back to a more uppy sound.
Violent Crimes: This song strikes me as really interesting because it’s something we’re seeing more and more of as rappers get older and start having families of their own and they realize some of the impacts that they’ve had by constantly talking about women as ho’s and such for so long and Kayne just dives straight into it and holds nothing back.
Kayne also closes this album by bringing back the slow and mellow beat. This is kind of what I mean by the album being a bit all over the place but very genuine. Aight that’s all I got to say right now about this album, I’m sure as I keep listening to is I’ll have more thoughts but I’ll just like tweet them or something. Later.