Featuring references to Stormy Daniels, Russell Simmons, #MeToo, Tristan Thompson, and more
It actually arrived. As promised , Kanye West has debuted his new album YE. Kanye revealed the album to the public for the first time at a listening session in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Kanye live streamed the event on the WAV app. (The stream is over.) The album has yet to surface on digital streaming platforms and the official tracklist hasn’t been shared, but guests include Ty Dolla Sign, Jeremih, Kid Cudi, and 070 Shake, the New York Times reports . The album is also being sold as part of merch bundles with the note that the “digital album will be delivered via e-mail upon global release on June 1.”
In the opening track, Kanye raps, “Today I thought about killing you.” In the next song, he referenced the allegations facing Russell Simmons. “Russell Simmons wanna pray for me too/Wanna pray for him ’cause he got MeToo’d.” That song also referenced Wiz Khalifa and North Korea. That track ends with him saying, “That’s my bipolar shit what/that’s not a disability that’s my superpower/I’m a superhero.”
In the third track, which features Ty Dolla $ign, he references Stormy Daniels and Tristan Thompson. On the fourth, he alludes to his controversial TMZ comments about slavery being a “choice.” (“I say slavery a choice/they say how Ye.”) He also namedrops Sway . The fifth track features a Slick Rick sample, and the sixth features Kid Cudi. The seventh song includes this bar: “I hope she like Nicki/I make her a monster.” That track ends with a voicemail from Nicki Minaj.