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Kanye West Releases New Album 'Ye'
At last, the new Kanye West album is here. Ye became available on all major streaming services on June 1 after months of anticipation.
The seven-song, 23-minute album opens with the stark and jarring "I Thought About Killing You," and delivers on the raw, candid edge West has received attention for in the media recently. He is joined on "Wouldn't Leave" by Jeremih, PARTYNEXTDOOR and Ty Dolla $ign. The album's final song "Violent Crimes" features DJ Loaf and a spoken outro by Nicki Minaj providing inspiration for a line West raps earlier in the song about being a father.
One the eve of the album's release, West hosted a listening party in Jackson Hole, Wyo., flying out hundreds of members of the media, including radio programmers, according to Rolling Stone. Several of West's superstar friends and collaborators were also on hand, including Nas, Ty Dolla $ign, Teyana Taylor, Kid Cudi, and 2 Chainz.
His new album arrives amid a string of new West-produced projects, including Pusha T's Daytona, which dropped May 25, and upcoming collabs with Nas, Taylor, and Cudi.
Ye is the follow up to 2016's Life Of Pablo, which was the catalyst for West earning an impressive eight GRAMMY nominations for the 59th GRAMMY Awards, including Best Rap Album and Best Rap Song For "Ultralight Beam" and "Famous."