Kanye West is back as he launches new album ‘Ye’ with listening party
Written by Scott McGerty on 1st June 2018
Kanye West’s is back as he launches his new album despite the rapper’s recent controversial moments, including his comment about slavery being a “choice”.
West played the seven-track LP, called Ye, at a star-studded live streamed event in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, overnight on Thursday, and the album became available to stream and download across various platforms hours later.
The album includes collaborations with Kid Cudi, Young Thug, John Legend, Ty Dolla Sign and Nicki Minaj, whose voice appears in the form of a voicemail message on one song.
The tracklisting, which was officially unveiled hours after the record was debuted, includes songs titled I Thought About Killing You, Yikes and Violent Crimes.
His wife, Kim Kardashian West, was one of the many stars at the listening party along with the likes of comedian Chris Rock, actor Jonah Hill and rappers Pusha T, Nas and 2 Chainz.
Kim later revealed that West shot the album cover earlier in the day.
Kanye shot the album cover on his iPhone on the way to the album listening party 😂🔥❤️🔥🙏🏼🔥
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) June 1, 2018
The cover art, which fans also had to wait some time to see, features a picture of mountains with the words “I hate being bi-polar – it’s awesome” scrawled across it in lurid green handwriting.
The highly anticipated album is the rapper’s first since 2016’s The Life Of Pablo and his hospitalisation due to mental health issues later that year.
Ahead of releasing Ye, his eighth album, 40-year-old West has courted controversy with his support for Donald Trump, and his comments on slavery being a choice.
Kanye recently faced a backlash following an interview with American website TMZ, during which he suggested slavery in America was “a choice”.
The album also sees West rapping about his battle with mental illness, his wife and Trump accuser Stormy Daniels, among other topics.
West is set to produce five albums this year, including his own album and one collaborative effort with Kid Cudi, as well as Pusha T’s Daytona, which was released last week.