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REVIEW: Kanye West, ye

On his eighth solo outing, Yeezus leaves his throne in lieu of becoming a mortal man.

Kanye West, ye (GOOD Music/Def Jam)

Kanye West has left the “classic” sphere with ye, and that’s okay. On his eighth solo outing, Yeezus leaves his throne in lieu of becoming a mortal man. Heavy lyrical themes surrounding mental health allow the musician to peel back his layers once more. ye flips the often-stigmatized topic into some of his most personal tracks since 808s & Heartbreaks. However, romanticizing the subject poses danger to listeners who may not be getting the proper attention for their own medical needs. West sounds more contemporary than ever this time around, borrowing cadences, flows and instrumental qualities that are heavily utilized by today’s rap-game greats. For an artist always known to push the culture forward, there is nothing particularly musically innovative this time around. Yet even when not aiming to “Touch the Sky,” Kanye still manages to deliver another body of work worth our time and attention. 8/10 Trial Track: “Ghost Town”

Kanye West, ye (GOOD Music/Def Jam)

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