I’ve had a chance to listen to the Kanye West’s brand new album titled Ye (Love Everybody). It’s been kind of a roller coaster with Kanye West’s recent rants and antics on social media and on social platforms. There were rumors that Kanye was locked away in a residence somewhere in Wyoming. Well the rumors were proven to be true when he hosted a listening party the night before releasing his highly anticipated/criticized album Ye on all platforms (Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, and YouTube). Kanye has recently been abandoned by the majority of the black community after recent comments of saying how slavery “was a choice” and videos of him expressing his love for Donald Trump. While many people in America view Donald Trump as a white supremacist, Kanye seems to have taken a different approach and showing love instead of hate. But enough with his personal life, let’s get to the music.
His album surprisingly is detailed and on the level of Chance the Rapper’s Coloring Book production wise. However, I challenge the genius of Kanye West to an extent with so many collaborators involved. Some names like Cyhi Tha Prynce get involved heavy and spurts of his notable unique lyricism and rhyme schemes can be noticed throughout the album for sure. This brings curiosity to me, how much of this project is actually Kanye versus how much is a group effort?
Kanye has undoubtedly won back his loyal fan base with this project for sure. There are remnants of “old Kanye” throughout the album and plenty of fans are here for it. While his lyrical delivery is simple and direct, his metaphors shallow, his unique choice of flow and beats complements oh so well. Below are a few songs broken down a little more.
I Thought About Killing You – This track kind of seems like a Kanye version of Kim which was written and performed by Eminem on his original Marshall Mathers Album. His choppy flow does get a bit annoying for me but there is leeway in a sense because the production is ridiculous. Whoever was a part of this production team deserves much credit.
No Mistakes – Obviously a favorite with the retro feel and Charlie Wilson hook include. This is classic feel good music with the upbeat and positive vibes. It’s disappointing that this is a piss poor verse we get along side of this phenomenal instrumental.
All Mine – Personally I’m not a fan of this track but it is awkwardly catchy. Kanye does come back with lyrics and bars on this track. His personifications within his metaphors are actually pretty dope. I wish the hook actually made sense too.
Yikes – I can’t deny how amazing this track is from beginning to end. The production and lyrically delivery is spot on. This track doesn’t disappoint and in my opinion made this album worth listening too especially with his amazing use of samples. Kanye for sure solidified himself as one of the all-time producers with this song here.
Overall the production is pretty spot on with the exceptions of a few random sounds and random samples. Lyrically, Kanye could have been much, much better. His empty metaphors and simplistic hooks are creative and horrid at the same time. This album deserves a very average rating.