After a long-running build up — including a series of controversial tweet storms and ending with a listening party in Wyoming — Kanye West has finally dropped his latest album on streaming services. Prior to this, the album had only been heard on livestreams from the exclusive listening party.
Titled ye, the 7-track project features guest appearances from artists including Young Thug, Jeremih, John Legend, Kid Cudi, Willow Smith and Nicki Minaj. Perhaps unsurprisingly, neither of the tracks Kanye dropped in the run-up to the album — “Lift Yourself” and “Ye Vs. The People” — found their way onto the album.
The lyrics for the album include references to West’s comments about slavery, his previous drug use and his relationship with his daughter, North. According to Kim Kardashian West, the cover art for ye — which features the words “I hate being Bi-Polar its awesome” – was shot by Kanye on his iPhone as he made his way to the party in Wyoming.