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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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  1. Positive: 14 out of 33
  2. Negative: 2 out of 33
  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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  1. Negative: 22 out of 156
  1. Jun 5, 2018
    10
    definitely worth a listen. Kanye continues his tradition of breaking down his prior works, reassembling them into something new.
  2. Jun 1, 2018
    10
    This new concept of relatively small album is great, because it seems that the songs are interconnected to one. A great album that is easilyThis new concept of relatively small album is great, because it seems that the songs are interconnected to one. A great album that is easily to be treasured. Expand
  3. 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
  4. Jun 2, 2018
    9
    It's a beautiful work, especially the last few tracks. A little self-indulgent, but hasn't that always been like him?
  5. Jun 10, 2018
    8
    Great album, say what you want about Kanye West but he does have talent.
    Every track is interesting and I just wanted to hear more, after I
    Great album, say what you want about Kanye West but he does have talent.
    Every track is interesting and I just wanted to hear more, after I finished this album I just listened to it again. You can tell Kanye is not happy from hearing this album, even if he has an ego he does critize himself.

    I don't like Kanye as a person but I do love him as an artist, he's my favorite rapper and I hope he makes another album soon.
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  6. Jun 1, 2018
    7
    The album consists of 7 tracks. It starts off with a very strong track called "I Thought About Killing You" this track is very beautiful andThe album consists of 7 tracks. It starts off with a very strong track called "I Thought About Killing You" this track is very beautiful and it helps us understand his bi-polar and him as a person more. The beat changes which changes the mood of the song to an upbeat trap type song. That is an example of bipolar.

    Also, I don't think the replay value for this album is high. I think the tracks are well-produced but also felt like it was rushed at the same time. The production for Pusha T's album is so much better than this album. I feel like his work harder on producing his other artist albums rather than his own. I do enjoy the risk that he took on some of the songs.

    The other tracks on the album are filled with strong and funny moments. I think the best tracks on this album are the opening and closing tracks. Also, the track with Kid Cudi gives us a sample on how the album Kid See Ghost will sound. Looking forward to listening to more tracks produced by Kanye. I think the album is well-written but also felt like some moments on this album is so cringy. Some of the lines are so wack while the other is strong. This is a hard project to review because I am still confused about it. It's well-produced but it's not his best, it's probably his worst.

    I think the real highlight of this album is 070 Shake. She needs a full-length album because she's amazing.

    My rating as of now: 7/10.
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  7. Jul 9, 2018
    0
    UMA MEEEEEEERDA
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