Chicago rap icon Kanye West entered his eighth studio installment into the hip-hop world with the dangerously anticipated release of ye.
Wyoming listeners, comprised of his family, friends, fans, GOOD Music top tiers, and industry confidantes, got their earful on Thursday (May 31) after Yeezy flew them in for an exclusive listening celebration. The rest of Yeezy fans hit up Spotify, Tidal, and Apple Music for their share, which is now tangled up in mixed reviews. Regardless of any one person’s thumbs up or thumbs down on the project, one thing is inevitable: Kanye has had his ear to the streets.
Fans might not have been able to gauge that from his insistent Twitter discourse leading up to the album, or even his tell-all interview with Charlamagne Tha God.
BET.com did from the seven tracks, though, so here’s seven shock-worthy bars and bites from ye that dropped our jaws after giving it a few listens.
As if lines like, "And I think about killing myself, and I love myself way more than I love you, so/ Today I thought about killing you, premeditated murder/ You'd only care enough to kill somebody you love/ The most beautiful thoughts are always inside the darkest" weren't grim enough, the track title also is also somewhat spine-chilling.
The opening track of Kanye's ye is by no means for the faint-hearted.
“Russell Simmons wanna pray for me too/ I’ma pray for him ‘cause he got #MeToo’d” -Yikes
Kanye received your prayers from his 2016 hospital stint, and now he's paying it forward to someone else in need of the man upstairs: accused music executive Russell Simmons, who was named in the sexual abuse-exposing Me Too movement.
“We could be in North Korea/ I could smoke with Wiz Khalifa” -Yikes
Back in 2016, Kanye exchanged fighting words with Pittsburgh-bred rap star Wiz Khalifa, who is also the father of his ex-girlfriend Amber Rose's son. The feud has since quieted, but there's still hope for a peace treaty over a puff-puff-pass in one of Yeezy's wilder days, according to him.
What do you say, Wiz?
“That’s why I f**k with Ye/ That’s my third person/ That’s my bipolar sh**, n**ga what? That’s my superpower, n**ga ain’t no disability” -Yikes
Speculation of the mental health disorder arose in 2018 when Kanye bounced back and forth between controversies via social media. He's apparently heard your concerns, and if he is, in fact, bipolar, Kanye doesn't want to just have the disorder, he wants to own it.
All these thots on Christian Mingle, almost what got Tristan single" -All Mine
It's pretty self-explanatory, but Kanye was undoubtedly one of the people close to the sensational infidelity blow-up between his sister-in-law Khloe Kardashian and her Cleveland Cavaliers boyfriend, Tristan Thompson.
There's a lot of things Yeezy does keep in the family, but according to this ye bar, his thoughts on that situation isn't one of them.
“My wife callin’, screamin,’ say, ‘We about to lose it all!’/ Had to calm her down ‘cause she couldn’t breathe/ Told her she could leave me now, but she wouldn’t leave" -Wouldn’t Leave
Well, this one's a shocker.
Kim Kardashian was apparently in as much disbelief by Kanye's inflammatory "slavery was a choice" commentary as everyone else. But for one major reason, according to the bars: her fear of "losing it all." Kanye must have known he screwed up big time to receive a phone call like that from his wife, and wouldn't have blamed her if she left him.
She declined the offer.
Fans were pleasantly surprised to hear Queens-bred raptress Nicki Minaj's voice mail gracing not only the outro of "Violent Crimes," but the pen work behind one of its noteworthy verses:
"I hope she like Nicki, I'll make her a monster/ Not havin' ménages, I'm just being silly."
The track, which could easily be considered an ode to Kanye's young daughters, North West and Chicago, bleeds of the sins of the father as he rhymes about the inevitable destiny, but worst fears, of his baby girls' entry into womanhood.
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