Kanye West released no-holds-barred 7-track album Ye on Friday, June 1. The rapper opens up about battling bipolar depression, his wife Kim Kardashian and even sister-in-law Khloé Kardashian’s boyfriend Tristan Thompson’s cheating scandal on the album, which features collabs with Nicki Minaj, Kid Cudi and Ty Dolla $ign.
The 21-time Grammy winner celebrated the release of Ye with a star-studded release party in Wyoming, where he recorded the album. In posts shared by Kardashian, West can be seen dancing around bon fires with the likes of Chris Rock, Jonah Hill, Pusha T, 2 Chainz and Scott Disick.
His album cover art sets the tone for the record. Written across a serene shot of the mountains, West reveals in neon green font “I hate being bi-polar. Its awesome.”
“Kanye shot the album cover on his iPhone on the way to the album listening party 😂🔥❤️🔥🙏🏼🔥,” Kardashian tweeted, revealing West’s last minute addition to the album.
Kanye shot the album cover on his iPhone on the way to the album listening party 😂🔥❤️🔥🙏🏼🔥— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) June 1, 2018
Ye kicks off with a track titled “I Thought About Killing You,” on which West raps about experiencing dark thoughts and considering suicide. “I contemplated premeditated murder / And I think about killing myself,” he repeatedly intones. “I love myself way more than I love you.”
He also references his controversial slavery rant and addiction to opioids in tracks “Yikes” and “Wouldn’t Leave”. In the latter, he credits wife Kardashian for sticking by his side.
“I said, ‘Slavery a choice’ / They said, ‘How, ‘Ye?’ / Just imagine if they caught me on a wild day,” he raps in the track. “Now I’m on 50 blogs, gettin’ 50 calls / My wife calling, screaming, saying, ‘We ‘bout to lose it all!’ / Had to calm her down ‘cause she wouldn’t breathe / Told her she could leave me now / But she wouldn’t leave.”