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  • Summary: The seven-track release from the rapper was streamed live from Wyoming and featured guest appearances from 070 Shake, DeJ Loaf, Jeremih, Kid Cudi, John Legend, Nicki Minaj, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Ty Dolla $ign, Valee and Charlie Wilson.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 34
  2. Negative: 2 out of 34
  1. Jun 6, 2018
    90
    ye really does what a self-titled album should do: it says “Hey, this is who I am.” Even at 23 minutes, it almost feels like two different albums: an aggressive, dissonant one, and an empathetic, soulful one. Yet, those aren’t the two sides of Kanye, because those things exist in him simultaneously, all the time.
  2. 75
    Despite its sometimes grating protagonist, ye is a pleasant enough way to pass half an hour. Seven tracks is long enough to develop an idea without wearing it out. The production is typically lush. Kanye has returned to the kinds of soul samples that made him famous to begin with.
  3. Jun 4, 2018
    70
    ye is by no means Kanye West’s finest moment, but it’s a reminder not to count him out just yet.
  4. 60
    Over a brief seven tracks, the 40-year-old superstar confirms his production prowess, veering between sparse, hyper-modern styles and compositions which hark back to the soulful bent of the producer-turned-rapper’s early career; a volatile mix of the sweet and the acrid, the sentimental and the tendentious.
  5. 60
    Ye doesn’t feel like that reinvention. If anything, this album feels safe, a word I imagine is insulting to the artist. ... However, Kanye has an incredible ear for production, more apparent on Pusha T’s DAYTONA. There are some excellent moments on Ye, but with only twenty-four minutes of music, some doesn’t cut it.
  6. Jun 12, 2018
    50
    His verses mostly feel redundant, hastily thrown together to validate the presence of these songs on his project, and while the album has been described as introspective this very brief release only allows for skindeep thoughts on any one topic. The Kanye West show has already rolled on, but some of the magic of yesteryear has been left behind.
  7. Jun 5, 2018
    30
    There is nothing new to be learned from this album burdened by crudely formed raps about his already exhaustively covered life and deeply muddled politics. ... Still, the music at times almost makes it worth it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 22 out of 162
  1. Jun 1, 2018
    10
    Much more focused than TLOP and the production is some of Kanye's very best work. From the haunting opening track to the masterfullyMuch more focused than TLOP and the production is some of Kanye's very best work. From the haunting opening track to the masterfully constructed Ghost Town, this is far and away the best album of the year thus far. He is able to say everything he needs to in the 7 tracks and is perhaps the most intimate, vulnerable Ye we have ever seen. Even more so than 808s and it works brilliantly in this case. Expand
  2. Jun 4, 2018
    10
    Perfectly titled album!! It's every aspect of Ye ... The album is beautiful, vulnerable, ignorant, love, family, lost, mental illness ...Perfectly titled album!! It's every aspect of Ye ... The album is beautiful, vulnerable, ignorant, love, family, lost, mental illness ... everything you can ask for easily top 3 of his catalog .. Time will tell it's place in discography for me Expand
  3. Jun 1, 2018
    10
    Best Kanye's Album! The instruments are incredible. Kanye is a genius, and all geniuses are uncorrected. The appendix of the album is theBest Kanye's Album! The instruments are incredible. Kanye is a genius, and all geniuses are uncorrected. The appendix of the album is the track Ghost Town, the woman's voice is amazing! Expand
  4. Jun 10, 2018
    8
    Kanye's sound and lyrics are very real and meaningful, not a single bad song on the album. Overall, very solid.
  5. Jun 2, 2018
    8
    Last month Kanye decided to wear a "Make America Great Again" hat and made the claim that slavery was a choice. This created an uproar thatLast month Kanye decided to wear a "Make America Great Again" hat and made the claim that slavery was a choice. This created an uproar that nobody understood until Ye. This is by far the most personal album I think Kanye has ever created and it brings awareness to the effects of mental illness. We now understand that Kanye is dealing with an illness that severely alters his way of thinking and he's not afraid to expose it. Songs like Yikes confronts his feelings about his illness calling it a "super power". Ghost Town is the best track on the album, having a soulful/rock anthem that gets stuck in your head. Now that we know more about the real Ye , let's pray that his treatment helps him figure things out. Expand
  6. Jun 2, 2018
    6
    One of West's most personal albums since 2008s 808s and heartbreaks or my dark beautiful twisted fantasy. Opening with a half spoken wordOne of West's most personal albums since 2008s 808s and heartbreaks or my dark beautiful twisted fantasy. Opening with a half spoken word piece that is a rambling about West's dark thoughts not a new topic for him but it's handled differently in a sincere but morbid way. "I thought about killing you" is a amazing opening track but falls short in delivery in the actual songs verses with long winded and lackluster bars, which is sadly a problem for most of the actual rapping done by west on this album. Thankfully this album takes ideas from 2016s "Ultralight Beam" and is much more focused on production guest spots and that while sonically pleasing makes this a bit disappointing to fans of Wests rapping skills there is some bars on this album that are unbelievably pleasing such as the half sung half rapped verses of "ghost town" that is reminiscent of bound 2 production wise or "violent crimes" sincere verses about West being worried about his daughter. This album is a mixed bag that truly has amazing moments but the lackluster rapping truly hinders this album I would've liked them to be cut and just be sung for most of this album. I truly think this album had amazing potentially I hope this album is remixed and mastered again like the life of Pablo however in it's current state songs like "yikes" and "all mine" have awful verses with no delivery and it dosent have the charisma or bravado of West's previous works. Expand
  7. Aug 13, 2018
    0
    Apenas uma música é boa nesse EP, Kanye é bom em algumas coisas que faz mas nessa ele me decepcionou um pouco

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