After previewing his latest album on a Wyoming ranch for a select group of journalist and A-listers on Thursday night (May 31), Kanye West unleashed the 7-track Ye project on Friday morning (June 1). With guest spots from Nicki Minaj, Ty Dolla $ign, Young Thug and Jeremih, it is a brutally honest chronicle of West's recent struggles, beginning with the jarring "I Thought About Killing You."
Over a chorus of Auto-Tuned vocalizations with no beat, 'Ye opens with the lines: "The most beautiful thoughts are always besides the darkest/ Today I seriously thought about killing you/ I contemplated pre-mediated murder/ And I think about killing myself, and I love myself way more than I love you, so/ Today I thought about killing you/ Pre-meditated murder/ You'd only care enough to kill somebody you love." The shockingly direct track then finds Kanye getting even more real, saying he realizes he should probably say something positive to offset the darkness, but then opts not to. Once the dark, rumbling beat finally kicks in, 'Ye chronicles the different rules he lives by, summing it up with the line "If I wasn't shining so hard/ Wouldn't be no shade."