Then there’s the music itself, which clocks in at a lean seven songs and features special guests John Legend, Kid Cudi, Nicki Minaj, DeJ Loaf, Willow Smith, Ty Dolla $ign, Jeremih and PartyNextDoor. She jumped on social media ahead of their arrival to announce they were on the way and the revealed that her husband finalized the album’s cover moments before their arrival.
Among the topics West covers on his eighth album is mental illness, specifically bipolar disorder.
He recently faced a backlash following an interview with American website TMZ, during which he suggested slavery in America was “a choice”.
Asked why he named his album “Ye”, he explained: “I believe “ye” is the most commonly used word in the Bible”.
This could be alluding to Kanye’s struggle with mental health, which he’s spoken about in past interviews.
In one of his new tracks, “Yikes”, he raps: “That’s my bipolar shit, nigga what?”
Pusha-T recounted West telling him, “this is what people need to see to go along with that music”, Rolling Stone quotes. We have reached out to Twitter for a comment on the matter.
“It’s so insane. That’s one of the best combinations ever”, said Kanye. He may be famous but even Kanye is not immune from getting trolled.
Ye is highlighted by messy statements like “I hate being Bi-Polar. It’s more of a reflection of who we are as beings”.
However, not all comments were positive, as comedian Akilah Hughes wrote: “This song is literally about when he tweeted that slavery was a choice”. In the end, amusing or not, the album did get the attention that it deserved.
“I redid the whole album after TMZ”, he told Power 106’s J Cruz.
Kanye also tells Big Boy he knows the tracks on Ye won’t be appreciated by all his fans and peers – because they’re so raw and honest, adding, “I was able to find my voice”.
West and his wife were in Jackson Hole to celebrate the new album, with Chris Rock introducing the rapper for the crowd.