It’s official: Ye has released… “Ye”, the follow-up to his 2016 release, “The Life of Pablo”. Since that time, a lot has changed for the husband of Kim Kardashian. Social media rants and political views have brought mass controversy to his name, including more recently reaffirming his support to long time friend, Donald Trump, and his belief that slavery was a choice. With a legendary catalog already, Kanye’s highly anticipated new album leads the question can he successfully redeem himself from the demons that society has associated him with in the present? Is he able to regain his former glory amongst a generation longing for catchy hooks and meme worthy lyrics?
“Ye”, in its short running time of 24 minutes, encompasses Kanye in a light 7 tracks professing unconditional love to a female companion, childhood memories, and ultimately his daughter. Needless to say, West surely delivers his most intriguing opus since 2010’s “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy”. How do the seven tracks on the album fair amongst on another? Lets see the ranking of best song to worst below, though there’s undoubtedly, not a single bad one on the album.
7. “All Mine” — With cocky bars on full display early on, with mentions of Naomi Campbell, to name a few, Ye goes on a rant on his choice to indulge in scandalous behavior. One of his most favorable lines on the entire project is the genius “I love your titties, because they prove I can focus on two things at once.”
6. “I Thought About Killing You” — The eccentric opening track features a rant of Kanye restating why and how he thought about killing someone and how much he loves himself. Same Kanye, new project. At least his process remains consistent. On this record, however, when Ye finally starts speaking his truth, he doesn’t disappoint. While not as jam packed as some of the standouts on the album, the track is an intriguing opener once you get past the nonsensical repetition on thoughts of murder.
5. “No Mistakes” — Deciding an order for the tracks in the top five is tough, because each brings their own sense of swagger to Ye’s short offering. Running at 2 minutes in length, Ty Dolla $ign sings over an ode to an eternal love, with a catchy hook “Make no mistake, girl, I still love you”. In what seems as a somewhat confessional track, with some of the finest production on the entire project, the delight is a good cross of nostalgia meets new school.
4. “Wouldn’t Leave” — Building on the continued thought of every dog does his dirt, this track discusses the dysfunction that is associated with infidelity in relationships. Thanks is giving to the many women and spouses who continue to hold down their unworthy spouse after several warnings to save their relationships. Could this be Ye’s way of thanking Kim K. over the last few years for standing by his side in the wake of his chaos?
3. “Ghost Town” — One of the greatest music qualities that West has had over the past few years is his knowledge of music. He knows a great sound and great artist. That is on display in this collaboration with an artist not even in the realm of urban music. The catchy, infectious hook, recalls to one’s years as youth and plays on childhood mistakes like touch a stove to see if it is hot. The track is very soothing and a welcomed addition to the set list.
2. “Yikes” — The most radio-friendly tune on the set, is Ye’s greatest contribution to the new-school that is music today. His bars are sharp, fierce, and highly effective. The production was sleek, dark, and appropriate. The most solid, hard-hitting track Kanye has manufactured in some time.
- “Violent Crimes” — It goes without saying the impact that family has on someone. More importantly, as a new father, Kanye has come to display how dearly fatherhood has changed him in this track. He discusses the serious double-world realness that comes with being father to a daughter, seeing how all things come full circle when preparing her for relationships with men. A tremendous closer to a short album, the track is the album’s most effective.