Posted: June 01, 2018
By Kelcie Willis, Cox Media Group National Content Desk
JACKSON HOLE, Wy. —
Kanye West invited members of the media and A-listers to a listening party for his new album “Ye” in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Thursday night.
Entertainment Weekly reported that Jonah Hill, Chris Rock, Nas and Kim Kardashian West were all in attendance at the event for West’s album, which was released Friday. Variety reported the guest list was narrowed down from 300 to 150 people and the event, held at a ranch, was put together in less than a week.
“Ye,” a seven-track album, has some of West’s darkest lyrics, opening with a song called “I Thought About Killing You,” in which West, who has spoken about his mental health in the past, talks about killing himself, according to NME.
“Today I seriously thought about killing you/I contemplated, premeditated murder/And I think about killing myself, and I love myself way more than I love you, so…” West says in the song.
The cover of the album, which West’s wife Kardashian tweeted was taken by West on his iPhone on the way to the listening party, features green text that reads, “I hate being Bi-Polar it’s awesome.”
Kanye shot the album cover on his iPhone on the way to the album listening party 😂🔥❤️🔥🙏🏼🔥— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) June 1, 2018
West also makes reference to the #MeToo movement in “Yikes,” in which he also discusses his mental health.
“Russell Simmons wanna pray for me too/I’mma pray for him ’cause he got #MeToo’d,” he says in one verse of the song. In the outro of the song, West says, “That’s my bipolar (expletive), (n-word), what?/That’s my superpower, (n-word), ain’t no disability/I’m a superhero! I’m a superhero!”
On “Wouldn’t Leave,” West raps about the role his wife of four years played in his recent controversies in April and May, in which he tweeted support for President Donald Trump and appeared on TMZ Live and said slavery “sounds like a choice.”
“My wife callin’, screamin’, say, ‘We ‘bout to lose it all!’/Had to calm her down ‘cause she couldn't breathe/Told her she could leave me now, but she wouldn't leave.”
West doesn’t just talk about himself. On “All Mine,” he references Tristan Thompson’s cheating on his sister-in-law, Khloé Kardashian: “All these thots on Christian Mingle/That’s what almost got Tristan single.”
“Ye” is the first release this month from West. He is releasing “Kids See Ghost,” a joint project with Kid Cudi, on June 8. He is also releasing Nas’ album June 15 and Teyana Taylor’s record June 22 -- all on his GOOD Music label.
Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File/AP
Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File/AP
Rapper Kanye West visited the TMZ newsroom for an eye-popping interview Tuesday morning which included professing his love for President Donald Trump and ended with a staff member sternly reprimanding him after West made comments suggesting slavery was “a choice.”
“I just love Trump. That’s my boy,” he said in response to a question from TMZ chief Harvey Levin about West’s penchant for wearing a “Make America Great Hat.”
He discussed various topics including his “free thought” stance in a sort of stream-of-consciousness style before things went off the rails.
“When you hear about slavery for 400 years. For 400 years? That sounds like a choice,” he said, provoking looks of stunned silence, then this impassioned rebuke from TMZ’s Van Lathan.
“I don’t think you’re thinking anything. I think what you’re doing is the absence of thought. Kanye, you’re entitled to your opinion, you’re entitled to believe whatever you want. But there is fact and real-world, real-life consequence behind everything that you just said,” Lathan said.
“While you are making music and being an artist and living the life that you’ve earned by being a genius, the rest of us in society have to deal with these threats to our lives. We have to deal with the marginalization that has come from the 400 years of slavery that you said, for our people, was a choice,” he said.
“Frankly, I’m disappointed, I’m appalled, and brother I am unbelievably hurt by the fact that you have morphed into something that for me, is not real.”
A twitter storm followed.
Soon after receiving criticism and being the cause of #IfSlaveryWasAChoice, Kanye West tweeted some clarification on his remark that 400 years of slavery “sounds like a choice” on TMZ Live.
“Do you feel like I’m thinking free and feeling free?” West asked the newsroom after making the comment.
“I actually don't think you’re thinking anything,” Lathan said. “I think what you're doing right now is actually the absence of thought and the reason why I think that is because, Kanye, you’re entitled to your option. You’re entitled to believe whatever you want, but there is fact and real-world, real-life consequence behind everything that you just said and while you are making music and being an artist and living the life that you’ve earned by being a genius, the rest of us in society have to deal with these threats to our lives. We have to deal with the marginalization that has come from the 400 years of slavery that you said, for our people, was a choice.
“Frankly, I’m disappointed, I’m appalled and, brother, I am unbelievably hurt by the fact that you have morphed into something, to me, that’s not real,” Lathan said.
West offered to come over and give Lathan a hug. He also repeatedly said that he loved him.
“To make myself clear. Of course I know that slaves did not get shackled and put on a boat by free will,” West tweeted after appearing on TMZ Live.
He continued the thought with a series of other tweets, including a reference to the William Lynch speech, widely considered to be a hoax, and a quote attributed to Harriet Tubman that she never actually said.
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