Kanye West charged back into the headlines early Thursday evening when news broke across social media that the popular rapper was inviting industry friends and colleagues out to his Wyoming sanctuary for a private listening party to celebrate the surprise arrival of his new album. The seven-track album, titled ye, was initially shared to the public via TIDAL, but arrived on Apple Music and Spotify around 8 a.m. EST on Friday morning, as heard in the stream embed below.
The arrival of ye comes following an interesting spring for Kanye, who returned to the spotlight via Twitter with a mixed abundance of inspiring and confusing messages via his Twitter account. One of said messages shared back in April clearly stated that he would be delivering the first of two new albums on June 1, for which he obviously followed through. The new album is the rapper’s first full-length studio effort since The Life of Pablo arrived back in the winter of 2016. As The Fader reports, there are a handful of credited cameos featured throughout the album, with appearances from Ty Dolla $ign on "All Mine," PARTYNEXTDOOR and Jeremih on "Wouldn't Leave” with Kid Cudi also appearing on a pair of tracks in "No Mistakes" and "Ghost Town." Charlie Wilson and John Legend are also supposedly featured on "Ghost Town" as well.
Chris Rock, who was one of the attendees for the listening party at Diamond Cross Ranch just outside of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, shared some brief clips of the invite-only event through his Instagram stories. "Fade" dancer Teyana Taylor, Kid Cudi, 2 Chainz, Nas, Ty Dolla $ign and Desiigner were also reportedly in attendance.
"Remember this: Hip-hop music is the first art form created by free black men," Rock reportedly told guests to introduce the album. "And no black man has taken more advantage of his freedom than Kanye West."
As of Friday morning, there’s been no update as to if Kanye will be performing the album live or not in the near future.