Is Ye a low point in Kanye’s career?

Kanye West album cover (taken from

Kanye West album cover (taken from

Throughout his career, Kanye West has been consistently good at making both music and incendiary comments, including his notorious and hilarious “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” remark in an interview with Red Cross on the topic of earthquake relief.

In the summer of 2018, in the midst of receiving more public backlash, Kanye released his eighth album entitled Ye, which climbed to the tops of music charts across the nation.

Ye was completed in Jackson Hole, Wyoming in just a matter of weeks. Ye consists of seven songs and includes features from Kid Cudi, 070 Shake, Jeremih, Ty Dolla Sign, and PartyNextDoor.

The album as a whole did not meet the expectations of many critics or even the expectations of some average listeners. Ye simply did not meet the expectations, but it was still the number one album in America at one point, which shows the ridiculously high standards that we expect from Kanye.

Although Kanye is the main artist on this album, he tends to blend into the background music at many points. Ye features a lot of other singers, which tends to make Kanye a kind of “role player” in some of the songs throughout this album.

Kid Cudi is probably the second most important vocalist on Ye and debatably the most important singer in a few songs. 070 Shake takes on an important role in “Ghost Town”, and Jerimih, PartyNextDoor, and Ty Dolla Sign also play parts in several songs.

Ye also features a plethora of beats and background music. In several songs, most of the emphasis is placed on the music instead of the lyrics. This isn’t necessarily surprising, and I personally enjoy what Kanye did throughout Ye in regards to features and background music.

For this album to be a “low point” in Kanye’s career is quite impressive and is a testament to how consistently extraordinary Kanye has been at producing music. All in all, it is not one of Kanye’s best or most popular albums, but it is still widely regarded as one of the better albums of 2018 thus far.