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Kanye West's new album 'Ye': breaking it down track by track

Kanye West's album "Ye" was shadowed by controversy, but the album itself is a beautiful masterpiece.


Emily Treadgold


Kanye West's highly anticipated project simply titled Ye, dropped Thursday night in dramatic fashion.

 

The album was released in Jackson Hole, Wyoming where he's been posted up working on all of his projects. After months of controversy, fans wondered if the album would be worth it. Kanye dropped the joke "Lift Yourself," and everyone thought he was losing his mind. 

 

Let's break it down:

 

1) I Thought About Killing You: As soon as the first track opens, it's haunting. In "I Thought About Killing You," West struggles with his dark thoughts. He starts, "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...' The opening monologue is troubling and poetic. His voice shifts and becomes distorted, "Sometimes I think really bad things..." it fades. The bass and beats come in gradually, with samples of screams and horror movies it's clear where Kanye's headspace is at in this song.

 

2) Yikes: "Yikes" picks up right after the opening song. This song actually interpolates "Wolves" off of Life of Pablo. "Shit can get menacing, frightening, find help, sometimes I scare myself." This song is about drug addiction. Kanye opened up about his addiction to opioids recently. Michael Jackson and Prince are referenced in the song, both artists died from opioids. Jackson was one of Kanye's biggest influences, and his death changed him. 

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...

3) All Mine: "All Mine" starts with Valee singing "Yeah, you supermodel thick. Damn, that ass bustin' out the bottom, I'ma lose my mind in it. Crazy that medulla oblongata. Get to rubbin' on my line, get the genie out the bottle." The Medulla oblongata is responsible for involuntary bodily functions. In this case, desire. In this song, Kanye references Corey Gamble, Kardashian matriarch Kris Jenner's current boyfriend. He also calls out Tristan Thompson, Khloe Kardashian's baby daddy who had a very public cheating scandal right before she gave birth to their daughter. Ye raps, "All these thots on Christian Mingle, almost what got Tristan single."

 

4) Wouldn't Leave: "Wouldn't Leave" has Kanye getting real about his marriage to Kim Kardashian. Kanye features, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Jeremih & Ty Dolla $ign on the sultry track. In the opening, Kanye talks about his infamous slavery interview. He starts, "They say, "Build your own," I said, "How, Sway? I said, 'Slavery a choice,' they said, 'How, Ye?' Just imagine if they caught me on a wild day/ Now I'm on fifty blogs gettin' fifty calls."

 

Kim frantically called Kanye after apparently and contemplated leaving him. He says, "Told her she could leave me now, but she wouldn't leave." 

5) No Mistakes: This song is essentially "Bound 2," not only because of the phenomenal Charlie Wilson vocals, but there's so much more resemblance. The chorus opens, "Make no mistake, girl, I still love you." He uses a sample from the 1988 Slick Rick song "Hey Young World" you can hear the "believe it or not" refrain between Kanye's bars. Kanye also takes aim at Drake a couple of times, but this isn't a diss track. He raps, "Ain't no love lost, but the gloves off. And we up in this bitch until they turn the club off. Had to tell the dogs "Turn the snubs off'"

6) Ghost Town: In true Kanye fashion, we start with the gospel sample of "Trouble Will Soon Be Over" by Blind Willie Johnson. PARTYNEXTDOOR and Trade Martin take the intro. They sing, "Someday, someday. Someday I wanna lay down, like God did, on Sunday." Kid Cudi then offers up an interpolation of the 1965 song "Take Me For A Little While" written by Evie Sands. In the first verse, Kanye references Fentanyl, the opioid that took Prince's life. This song has Kanye wanting to free his mind, take it back to when he was a kid. Kanye often references his creative side as being a kid. 070 Shake steals the show by finishing out the song strong, saying, "I put my hand on a stove, to see if I still bleed. Yeah, and nothing hurts anymore, I feel kinda free. We're still the kids we used to be, yeah, yeah."

 

7) Violent Crimes: Such a beautiful ending to this album. 070 Shake takes the intro and chorus, "Don't you grow up in a hurry, your mom'll be worried, It was all part of the story, even the scary nights." The song really focuses on Kanye as a dad, especially as a father to his daughters. Kanye focuses on the over-sexualization of women and how he wants his daughters to be treated. He's worried about them. He notes that he wants them to grow up to be as successful as Nicki Minaj. Ye raps, I hope she like Nicki, I'll make her a monster." Nicki even comes in on the outro repeating the lines. 

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