Kanye West’s album “Ye” was released yesterday. The album cover with the words “I hate being bipolar it’s awesome”, which is written in what I assume is his handwriting, immediately drew me in. It is very, very sad but it’s also pretty good because it’s his message and his truth and I can’t help but respect that. Although the album is only 7 tracks, each song packs a lot of weight. On Track 1 “I Thought About Killing You” & Track 2 “Yikes”, Kanye gives very detailed insight to listeners about his mental struggles. He admits that he is bipolar and name drops a few meds and how his sickness makes him feel and the thoughts he often has to fight off.
On Track 3, “All Mine”, he discusses the topic of infidelity. Not as heavy as “I Thought About Killing You” and “Yikes”, but still pretty good with a few funny lines.
Track 4 “Wouldn’t Leave”, Track 5 “No Mistakes” and Track 6 “Ghost Town” are definitely dedicated to his wife. Sort of a love letter saying “thank you, i see you, i hear you, i love you, i’m trying”.
Track 7 is called “Violent Crimes” and although the title may raise eyebrows, this song seems to serve as a love letter to his daughters and him explaining the lengths he will go to protect them from the evils of this world
This album brings about mental health awareness in so many ways and I get that some people want to hear music that will make them dance or turn up. But this album really makes me even more sympathetic and understanding towards individuals with mental heath issues. Would you consider listening to the album?