Kanye West has a new album out, and fans are loving it despite his latest controversies

  • Kanye West released his eighth studio album, “Ye,” on Friday.
  • Early fan reactions to the album – and to its livestreamed listening party in Wyoming on Thursday night – were largely positive.
  • The album is available to stream now on all major services.

Kanye West dropped his eighth studio album on streaming services early Friday, hours after livestreaming a star-studded listening party for the project on a ranch in Wyoming.

The album, “Ye,” is now available on Spotify, Apple Music, and Tidal. It clocks in at just over 23 minutes for seven songs. Kid Cudi, Ty Dolla $ign, and Nicki Minaj are among the handful of guest artists who appear on the LP.

The album’s cover features a photo of a mountain range in Wyoming; Kim Kardashian West said in a tweet that her husband shot it “on his iPhone on the way to the album listening party.” The words “I hate being Bi-Polar its awesome” appear in green, corresponding with West’s frank lyrics on the album discussing his mental health.

Kanye west albumG.O.O.D. MusicKanye West’s ‘Ye.’

Early fan reactions to the album on social media were largely positive, particularly amid the livestreamed unveiling.

The album’s release follows a promotional cycle that saw West draw intense criticism for his vocal support of President Donald Trump and his calling slavery “a choice” in an appearance on “TMZ Live.”

Nonetheless, the majority of social-media chatter about the music on the album – an eclectic mix of trap and electronic influences, gospel and soul, featuring a good deal of humour and some affecting lyrics about his relationships with his wife and his children – appeared to be positive as of Friday morning.


But several ostensibly former fans of West were not looking to downplay his latest controversies.

Listen to the album below:

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