The Bittersweet Return Of "Ye"
You know how college is supposed to be all about making new friends and trying new experiences? Along the way, people you were cool with in high school fade away from your life for one reason or another. That is, until you come home for the holidays and run into them at the mall or the grocery store. You reminisce on old times and wonder why you two fell out in the first place. Then it hits you: they aren’t who they used to be, and you’ve out-grown the person they have come. While your fond memories will always be there, you accept that you will never have the person you once knew in your life again. Kanye West is that person in my life right now, and his new album Ye is bittersweet evidence that I have out-grown him.
Ye serves as a concise look into the sporadic mind of Mr. West as he opens up about his mental health, marriage, relationship with his children and more. The album is much more introspective than Kanye typically is, and it is in this regard alone that gives this project a feel similar to 2017’s 4:44 by Jay-Z. What sets these albums apart lies in the fact that Hov approached that album from a grown-man perspective whereas Yeezy comes off as if he is just saying everything on his mind without necessarily thinking, especially on tracks like I Thought About Killing You and All Mine. Sonically, Ye picks up right where Kanye’s last album, The Life Of Pablo left off with minimalistic beats layered melodic synths and vocal samples. The most beautiful example of this is seen on the songs No Mistakes and Ghost Town. This album has some bright moments, particularly towards the latter half, but it is not for everyone. It doesn’t contain any semblance of the free thinking that Kanye has recently subscribed to, nor does it address any of the outlandish tweets or comments about slavery made during the promotional run leading up to the album roll out. Ye touches on the topic of mental health in a way that is not necessarily innovative or new, and while intent is there, the execution and delivery could have been much better.