I Can't Call It: Ye - Kanye West

Posted On Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Sooooo there's a new Kanye album on tap and it seems like I'm the only one hype for it huh? Trust and believe, I KNOW I'm one of the very few people on the planet Earth who liked Ye's last outing with "Pablo." Not to mention I rocked with Ye's "808" so I get that I'm in the minority when it comes to Mr.  West. But here's the thing, if you know me then you know I don't mind being in the minority. I know, I know...dude's slavery comments and trump support rubbed a lot of folk the wrong way (myself included) but let's not forget that this dude is bipolar & dealing with mental issues and I KNOW ya'll didn't forget that he's married to a Kardashian right? And look what those chicks did to Lamar and Bruce! Ya'll already heard him say "you ain't never seen nothing crazier than, this niga when he off his lexapro" (well...I guess since none of ya'll heard Pablo, ya'll didn't hear him say it) but let's not forget this is the same dude who did the most gangsta thing in hip hop when he said that George Bush don't care about black people on live TV. But I get it. It's 2018 and if you're not "woke" and if you don't agree with everything the black lives matter crew & black twitter says, then you're not invited to the BBQ. And trust, I already know that Ye ain't invited to the BBQ. But since I already rocked with "Pablo" and absolutely LOVED Pusha' "Daytona" it's only right that Ye gets a spin in my rotation right before the BBQ starts, right?

"The most beautiful thoughts are always besides the darkest..." - Kanye

"Ye" sets off with "Premeditated Murder" and has Ye's deepest demons coming to the surface explaining to us his struggles with suicide and wanting to kill himself but also wanting to kill someone else. "The most beautiful thoughts are always besides the darkest/today I seriously thought about killing you I contemplated, premeditated murder/and I think about killing myself and I love myself way more than I love you." "Yikes" deals with Ye's struggles and addictions to hallucingoens and opioids, "tweakin', tweakin' off that 2C-B, is he gon' make it? TBD/thought I was gon' run, DMC,  I done died and lived again on DMT/see, this a type of high that won't come down, this the type of high that get you gunned down/Yeezy, Yeezy trollin' OD, turn TMZ to Smack DVD" while "All Mine" has Ye speaking on creepin' like TLC, "if I pull up with a Kerry Washington that's gonna be an enormous scandal, I could have Naomi Campbell and still might want me a Stormy Daniels/ sometimes you gotta bag the boss up I call that takin' Corey Gambles/find yourself up in the food court, you might have to enjoy your sample/all these thots on Christian Mingle, almost what got Tristan single/ if you don't ball like him or Kobe Guarantee that bitch gonna leave you."

"No  Mistakes" has Ye speaking on his financial issues, "I got dirt on my name I got white on my beard, I had debt on my books it's been a shaky-ass year/let me make this clear so all y'all see, I don't take advice from people less successful than me/ain't no love lost but the gloves off and we up in this bitch until they turn the club off " not to mention he takes a couple of shots at Drake after his "Duppy" dis, "too close to snipe you truth told, I like you /too bold to type you too rich to fight you/ Calm down, you light skin." "Ghost Town" is dope and "Ye" ends with "Violent Crimes" which picks up where Nas' "Daughters" left off and has Ye breaking down the struggles of  having a daughter, "niggas is savage, niggas is monsters, niggas is pimps, niggas is players 'til niggas have daughters/ now they precautious father, forgive me, I'm scared of the karma/cause now I see women as somethin' to nurture Not somethin' to conquer/I hope she like Nicki, I'll make her a monster, not havin' ménages/I'm just bein' silly I answered the door like Will Smith and Martin, nigga do we have a problem?" But my fave banger on "Ye" is "Wouldn't Leave" which has Ye speaking on how Kim has held him down through all of his hoopla, "they say, Build your own I said how Sway/I said slavery a choice they said how, 'Ye, just imagine if they caught me on a wild day/now I'm on fifty blogs gettin' fifty calls, my wife callin', screamin', say we 'bout to lose it all/had to calm her down 'cause she couldn't breathe, told her she could leave me now but she wouldn't leave." Let me find out that Kim is actually holding it down when ish hits the fan.

Again, I get it. Ya'll don't like Ye's slavery comments and his support of Trump. Neither do I. But here's the thing with me, someone's opinion isn't enough for me to stop checking your music. It's kinda crazy cause I got folk telling me they don't support Ye for his slavery comment but they're banging the hell outta Pusha's "Daytona" while he sells enough coke to turn an entire neighborhood into Hamsterdam. Ya'll STILL banging Rick Ross while he drugs women and takes them home and rapes them. And PLEASE don't even get me started on R. Kelly who pissed on every 8 year old from  Chicago to Antarctica but ya'll are still steppin' in the name of love. So, let me get this straight. Folk will support drug dealers, rapist and child predators but ya'll draw the line with slavery comments. Okaaaaaaaay....makes perfect sense. Now, let me talk to the folk who still at least have an open ear for Ye, even if you don't agree with him. I know a lot of folk who did give this album a spin but ended up calling it trash and I get it. But here's the thing, if you're waiting for the "College Dropout" or "Graduation" Kanye to walk through those doors, well...that ain't gonna happen. On last week's ep of my podcast Apt. 5B I compared Ye to when folk were done with 3000 when they heard "Hey Ya" & called "The Love Below" trash. See, in my opinion they were calling it trash cause they were expected to finally get a Andre Benjamin solo album with him spittin'. Not an Andre 3000 solo album with him singing. Hell, to this day I know die hard hip hop heads that haven't listened to a Kast album post ATLiens after Dre started dressing in wigs and football pads. So for all of ya'll that said you couldn't rock with 3000's switchin' up he's steez in the 9th inning, I get it cause Andre Benjamin's not rhyming about stealing cars from Marta parking lots anymore. But guess what?  If you could give Dre a pass and get with "Hey Ya", "Happy Valentine's Day" and "She Lives In My Lap"  then ya'll should be able to show the same love and grace to Ye with "I Thought About Killing You", "Wouldn't Leave" and "Violent Crimes." I mean, it's only right.

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