Kanye West may have threatened to end his own career with his infamous Twitter meltdown earlier this year but since debuting his new album Ye on Thursday, it seems Yeezy has used his talent to make up for a multitude of social media sins.
Celebrities like Chris Rock, Jonah Hill, Scott Disick and Pusha T were all gathered for an exclusive listening party at Jackson Hole, Wyoming—the place where Kanye recorded the album. But it seems the inspiration for his new rhymes came from a source lot closer to home with wife Kim Kardashian getting several name checks, including one particularly interesting verse that intimated her real reaction to his April Twitter fiasco.
Just to quickly recap, at the height of his Twitter controversy, some of the topics Kanye went off on included (but were not been limited to):
1) His endorsement and "love" for his "brother" Donald Trump and other glowing reviews of alt right personalities
2) A shout out to his ping pong skills
3) A hint at his own run for presidency in 2024
4) Pictures of the inside of his house (Kim was kinda not so chill about that)
5) Calling out his celebrity friends and family for unfollowing him
6)Way, way more.
He then went on TMZ to talk about his controversial remarks about 400 years of slavery "sounds like a choice" and confess his drug addiction and liposuction.
Publicly, in the face of all that drama, Kim seemed to have her hubby's back and was willing to ride the social media storm. The 37-year-old went on Ellen to talk about some of Ye's comments and even issued an emotional statement defending him from reports about his mental health.
"To the media trying to demonize [sic] my husband let me just say this... your commentary on Kanye being erratic & his tweets being disturbing is actually scary," Kim said in her April 26, 2018 tweet. "So quick to label him as having mental health issues for just being himself when he has always been expressive is not fair".
But privately, Kim was worried.
Kanye has given us some insight about her raw reactions in his new song, Wouldn't Leave. As the lyrics tell it, Kik's got on the phone and was freaking out about the 40-year-old's comments and how they might effect their businesses.
"Wife calling screaming saying we're about to lose it all"
"I said, 'Slavery a choice,' they say, 'How, Ye?' Just imagine if they caught me on a wild day," he raps. "Wife calling screaming saying we're about to lose it all. I had to calm her down 'cos she couldn't breathe. I told her she could leave me now but she wouldn't leave. This is what they mean for better or for worse, huh?"
On track All Mine Ye also comments on sister-in-law, Khloe Kardashian's recent cheating drama with baby daddy Tristan Thompson.
Recap: Just days before Koko was due to give birth to daughter, True Thompson, her relationship was rocked by footage that appeared to show her NBA boyfie getting sexy with women who were most definitely not her.
"That's what almost got Tristan single"
While Kim went on Ellen to comment on the sitcho with her sister, Kanye has used his music to break his silence on Tristan.
"All these THOTs on Christian Mingle," he raps. "That's what almost got Tristan single. If you don't ball like him or Kobe. Guarantee that bitch gon' leave you."
Right from the get-go with the album art—Kim revealed her husband shot the pic of the Wyoming ranges on his iPhone on the way to the listening party—we knew Ye was going to be raw. Kanye addressed his mental health on the cover with "I hate being Bi-Polar it's awesome" written across it, and talked about his apparent diagnosis in the track, Yikes.
"That's my bipolar shit, ni--a what. That's my superpower"
Hinting at his possible experimentation with psychedelic drugs and his mental health struggles, Kanye raps, "That's why I fuck with Ye. That's my third person. That's my bipolar shit, ni--a what. That's my superpower. Ni--a ain't no disability. I'm a superhero, I'm a superhero."
As for the reaction, some fans dig the new drop:
But some punters aren't impressed.
And this is only the first of five Kanye albums reportedly coming in the next few weeks.