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Kanye West takes you on a confusing ride on 'ye'

“Ayy, none of us'd be here without cum,” says West. Oh, shut up.

Ye begins with the startling ‘I Thought About Killing You’. Under the soft humming of synthesized keys, Kanye West delivers a haunting spoken word passage that outlines his bipolar thoughts. West’s dark thoughts turn pitch black on ‘Yikes’ when the rapper details his substance abuse issues. By the end of the track, he loudly declares that being bipolar is his superpower. ‘All Mine’ is an awkward misstep on the album, with its jaunty hook and subtle beat. “Ayy, none of us'd be here without cum,” says West. Oh, shut up.

‘Wouldn’t Leave’ and ‘No Mistakes’ are paired well as the narrative turns to his wife’s reaction to his recent tabloid nonsense. Highlight ‘Ghost Town’ is a much-needed dose of optimism. Here, PartyNextDoor, Kid Cudi and new G.O.O.D. music artist 070 Shake join forces for an epic anthem of emotional liberation. Finally, the album closes with ‘Violent Crimes’, a song dedicated to West’s daughter North.

On ye, Kanye’s lyrics are questionable, enlightening, hilarious, frustrating, and peppered with awful one-liners. His production, however, is still as fascinating as ever. West takes a snapshot of the man he is in 2018. The manic, self-declared genius with a head full of dark thoughts and hit songs.

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