Kanye West released his eighth studio album early on Friday following an A-list listening party at a ranch in Wyoming. And fans who have heard the tracks since it dropped on Spotify, Apple Music, and Tidal are split over it.
The new project, “Ye,” has West fans — and haters — deeply divided over both the content and West’s recent behavior leading up to its release.
Some think he’s brought back the old Yeezy, while others think the album (which you can listen to below) is a total “dud” and a reflection of the rapper’s new attitude.
“This #Wyoming album is great! So much better than Pablo,” one fan tweeted. “Glad Kanye was trolling with that poopedy scoop stuff. Back in old school form.”
“Bunch of ‘music critics’ & ‘influencers’ caught up on some Wyoming Wack Bulls–t ain’t gonna convince me this @kanyewest is dope,” actor Michael Rapaport tweeted. “This s–t is straight trash. No bangers. Not one smacker. When you have Kris Kardashian as a sound board this happens #ye Album is DippityDoDo.”
The album’s cover itself is getting mixed reaction, which is a photo of a Wyoming mountain range with the words “I hate being Bi-Polar its awesome” — a reference to all of the lyrics included on the LP about the status of West’s mental health. Kim Kardashian West said in a tweet her husband took the photo “on his iPhone on the way to the album listening party.”
Comprised of seven songs, the LP is just over 23 minutes long and includes guest vocal appearances by artists like Kid Cudi, Ty Dolla $ign and Nicki Minaj.
See the album cover below as well as reactions to West’s new project.
— Zach Keali’i Murphy (@Fade_to_Zach) June 1, 2018
This is Kanye's third dud. https://t.co/iFevFh023O
— I’m Gary (@noyokono) June 1, 2018
kanye’s new album got that old school kanye vibe
— REY (@dratrevino) June 1, 2018
In some ways, #YE feels like a Kanye compilation album of his previous sounds. I hear elements of Graduation, 808s, MBDTF, Yeezus and Pablo. Sonically, it feels like a story across the years…
— Tamara Dhia (@tamaradhia) June 1, 2018
oh wow the new Kanye album rules pic.twitter.com/lzZDDHoYQE
— david ehrlich (@davidehrlich) June 1, 2018
This #Wyoming album is great! So much better than Pablo. Glad Kanye was trolling with that poopedy scoop stuff. Back in old school form.
— Ryan Satin (@ryansatin) June 1, 2018
The Kanye album did absolutely nothing for me. I listened to it because the TL was filled with rave reviews this morning but nope. I wasn’t into it and the stuff that the artist has been into lately certainly hasn’t helped me provide a favorable opinion of the art.
— Mark Yesilevskiy (@MarkWhyy) June 1, 2018
I love how music can take you to another place. for example Kanye West is playing in this cafe so now I’m going to a different cafe
— Darko (@DarkoGrncarov) June 1, 2018
Anyone surprised at how many people were able to look past Kanye West’s problematic comments to keep supporting his music must have forgotten how many people have been able to look past R. Kelly’s problematic behavior FOR YEARS to keep supporting his music.
— Eugene Scott (@Eugene_Scott) June 1, 2018
1. Don’t forget rent is due today.
2. Don’t forget Kanye West told y’all slavery was a choice and supports Donald Trump#Ye
— Frederick Joseph (@FredTJoseph) June 1, 2018
The new Kanye West album, has only 7 tracks, some will say that’s not an album, it’s an EP, most will say for this Trump supporting buffoon that’s 7 tracks too many
— CallingAllAstronauts (@CAA_Official) June 1, 2018
Kanye West is the most polarizing artist in music history…
— Upscale Vandal (@Upscale_Vandal) June 1, 2018
I’ve heard one song off the new @kanyewest album.
No one is going to be mad about his hat anymore.
— Sam Roberts (@notsam) June 1, 2018