Kanye West debuted his eighth studio album, “Ye,” at a star-studded album-listening party on Thursday night at a ranch in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
West invited 150 people, according to Variety, one of the outlets that attended the listening party. The rapper reportedly flew several journalists and artists into Wyoming on private jets. Democratizing access to the event, West also livestreamed it on the free streaming app WAV with a multicamera broadcast.
The actor Jonah Hill, the comedian Chris Rock, and West’s collaborators Nas, Kid Cudi, Pusha-T, and 2 Chainz were among the notable people in attendance. At midnight on Thursday, the party gathered around a bonfire on the picturesque Wyoming ranch to listen to West’s eclectic, revealing, and humorous LP.
Rock introduced the album with a few brief jokes, crowd work, and commentary on West’s role in the history of rap music.
“Rap music, hip-hop music, is the first art form created by free black men, and no black man has taken more advantage of his freedoms than Kanye West,” Rock said.
Hill told Pitchfork at the listening party that West was “the one person who I have an unending childhood kind of fascination with.”
“I still look at him like I’m a little kid and he’s a superstar,” Hill said. “When I decided to come here, I thought: It’s like if someone got to hear [Michael Jackson’s] ‘Thriller’ in the middle of Wyoming.”
Here are photos and footage of some of the notable people who attended the “Ye” listening party:
— The Wests (@kuwthewests) June 1, 2018
Chris Rock, introducing the album
— REFLEX (@djreflex) June 1, 2018
Nas with Hill and Rock
— Comedy Hype (@ComedyHype_) June 1, 2018
Kim Kardashian talking to 2 Chainz at Kanye West’s album listening party. pic.twitter.com/ClEFoe9d9J
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) June 1, 2018
— XXL Magazine (@XXL) June 1, 2018
Lil Yachty and Big Sean with West
— Def Jam Recordings (@defjam) June 1, 2018
Ty Dolla $ign and Desiigner
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