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Kanye West listening party: here's everything you need to know

Kanye West dropped his highly-anticipated album "Ye" and previewed the entire thing during a listening party in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, on May 31.


Emily Treadgold


After months of controversy, Kanye West retreated to Wyoming to finish his many projects, including his own album and now it's ready.

 

He live-streamed a listening party which included friends and colleagues of the eccentric artist, including Pusha T, 2 Chainz, Big Sean, Candace Owens, and Chris Rock, who introduced West and revealed the official name, Ye.

 

The album art is a photo of Wyoming with the words, "I hate being bi-polar it's awesome." 

 

"Remember this rap music, hip-hop music, is the first art form created by free black men. And no black man has taken more advantage of his freedom than Kanye West," Rock told the eager group of listeners. He reminded them to listen without prejudice before West stepped up. 

The most beautiful thoughts are always besides the darkest. Today I seriously thought about killing you. I contemplated, premeditated murder. And I think about killing myself, and I love myself way more than I love you, so...

Over a dark and sparse beat, West says, "The most beautiful thoughts are always besides the darkest. Today I seriously thought about killing you. I contemplated, premeditated murder. And I think about killing myself, and I love myself way more than I love you, so..."

 

He gets poetic about his marriage and some of the struggles in his relationship with Kim Kardashian. We know Kanye probably puts Kim through a lot with his recent Twitter rants and comments on slavery.

 

He raps, "Wife calling screaming saying were about to lose it all I had to calm her down cos she couldnt breathe/I told her she could leave me now but she wouldnt leave."

He also calls out Russell Simmons saying, "Russell Simmons want to pray for me too/ I pray for him because he got Me Tood."

 

He also name checks Tristan Thompson, saying, "All these thots on Christian Mingle/Thats what almost got Tristan single."

 

At one point he reveals he has bipolar disorder but calls it his superpower. 

 

Track titles include, "I Thought About Killing You," "Ghost Town," and "Wouldn't Leave."

 

Like any Kanye project, the samples and production are the core. There are features from Nicki Minaj, Kid Cudi, 070 Shake, Ty Dolla $ign, Jeremih, Charlie Wilson, and Young Thug.

Kim and Kanye at Kanyes Album Listening Party

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