The Influence of Kanye West

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My personal favorite album of 2018, Ye, shows Kanye West contemplating his life, career, and marriage.

Whether you love him or hate him, Kanye has definitely been one of the most influential artists of the past decade and has birthed many careers in the rap industry. Disregarding his political views and beef with Drake, his album Ye is, in my opinion, a great album.

Throughout the 24 minute run time of the album the production is fairly simple letting the vocals and the raw, unfiltered, bipolar Kanye shine. The track Wouldn’t Leave contemplates the ups and downs of Kanye’s own marriage and praises women who stay loyal “for better or for worse.” Following is the track No Mistakes in which Kanye reflects on his mental health and financial struggles since 2016 and reaffirms the strength of his marriage with the hook “make no mistakes, girl, I still love you.” My own two favorite tracks which close the album are Ghost Town and Violent Crimes.

The two minute outro of Ghost Town sung by 070 Shake captures Kanye’s own feeling of freedom and liberation and gives the track an even more optimistic feel. Kanye’s verse on Violent Crimes speaks of fears of his daughters growing up and the line “How you the devil rebukin’ the sin” shows the irony of these fears compared to how he’s treated women in the past. Overall, Ye was a refreshing Kanye project that paints a picture of his own mind.

Review by David G.

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