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Kanye West Drops ‘Ye,’ His Eighth Studio Album

Kanye West debuts seven track album with ‘Ye.’

Brandon Walker

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Rapper Kanye West released his latest – and shortest – album to date. With a tracklist of seven songs, he dropped his eighth studio album today after hosting a private, high-profile listening party in Wyoming on Thursday night.

West released his highly anticipated album two years after his 2016 release The Life of Pablo. After his recent controversy and comments, such as his opioid addiction, Ye aims to set the record straight (pun intended).

According to Rolling Stone, celebrities, artists, actors, and journalists attended Kanye’s listening party.

“West flew out hundreds of journalists, celebrities and music industry vets to Jackson Hole, Wyoming’s Diamond Cross Ranch for a massive listening party that included Chris Rock, Nas, Kid Cudi, Jonah Hill, Lil Yachty and 2 Chainz among many others,” Rolling Stone said.

Kanye West made his album available for all streaming services, including Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal, and Pandora, to name a few. The cover art of Ye is a landscape picture of Wyoming mountains. West’s wife Kim Kardashian tweeted that he shot it on an iPhone on the way to his party. Also on the cover are the words “I hate being bi-polar it’s awesome.”

Since his release, he has received critical acclaim for the vibrant production and songwriting that has been compared to his previous works, such as The College Dropout and Graduation. All of the different reactions on social media said it all.

West produced Pusha T’s DAYTONA which dropped last week, receiving many positive reviews from critics. Similar to DAYTONA‘s short tracklist, West’s Ye attempts to cut straight to the chase in the same way.

Kanye West also plans on releasing a joint album with Kid Cudi by the end of the month. Other rappers, including Drake and Nas, will be releasing albums this summer as well. Starting with Ye, this hip-hop season is off to a great start.

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Brandon Walker is a junior finance major at Temple University. He is a committed writer and jazz pianist. Brandon has written for The Temple News and is interested in a career in business and communications. He can be reached at brandon.walker@temple.edu.

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