In the wake of his self-created social media storm, Kanye West has returned with his latest album ye. The album follows West’s described pattern for his upcoming projects with just seven tracks; yet, for a relatively short work, it is definitely not lacking in controversy.
Despite Pusha T’s claims that this album would explain West’s political moves, the work is strikingly personal. Even when he does address his most recent public actions, it’s in relation to his wife, Kim Kardashian. In “Wouldn’t Leave,” West describes her outraged reaction saying, “My wife callin’, screamin’, say, ‘We ’bout to lose it all!'” Meanwhile, a few tracks later, and West is playing the role of anxious father to North. He worries on “Violent Crimes” saying, “I pray your body’s draped more like mine and not like your mommy’s.”
Throughout the album, West makes it clear that he is struggling with bipolar disorder, as depicted on the cover art that reads, “I hate being Bi-Polar it’s awesome.” If that didn’t give it away, the first track will; Accurately titled, “I Thought About Killing You,” West speaks over a distorted, dark base track and repeats “Today I seriously thought about killing you. I contemplated. Pre-meditated murder.”
For every disturbing lyric scattered throughout the album, there’s an incredibly enjoyable sample that offsets it. There are plenty of things that can be said about Kanye, but he sure knows how to make good music. See for yourself below.