Kanye West’s latest project, Ye, features some of his darkest lyrics yet.
The 40-year-old rapper dropped the album after premiering the seven fresh songs to a group of fellow artists, music journalists, radio DJs along with also influencers gathered together at a last-minute listening party in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, on Thursday.
currently, ET’s breaking down all his mentions of mental health, drug use, suicide along with also more.
While the picture of the mountains will be undeniably beautiful (along with also taken by Kanye himself using an iPhone, as wife Kim Kardashian West revealed via Twitter), the message written over the photo to complete the album art speaks volumes: “I hate being Bi-Polar its awesome.”
Also known as manic-depressive illness, bipolar disorder causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels along with also the ability to carry out day-to-day tasks, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.
As many of his fans may recall, Kanye was admitted to the hospital in November 2016 after what one source described to ET at the time as “a mental breakdown.” The father of three spoke out about his hospitalization along with also being addicted to opioids for the very first time last month in interviews with Charlamagne tha God through iHeartRadio’s The Breakfast Club along with also TMZ.
“I Thought About Killing You”
Kanye goes to extremely dark places right off the bat. through beginning to end of the first track off the album, the entertainer raps about thoughts of suicide along with also murder, which he first publicly spoke about in 2010.
“Today I seriously thought about killing you,” he raps. “I contemplated, premeditated murder / along with also I think about killing myself, along with also I love myself way more than I love you, so.”
“Today I thought about killing you, premeditated murder / You’d only care enough to kill somebody you love,” he continues. “The most beautiful thoughts are always inside the darkest.”
On song number two, Kanye artistically addresses having a battle with inner demons, again seemingly touching on his opioid addiction, while referencing late legends Prince along with also Michael Jackson.
“I can feel the spirits all around me,” he says. “I think Prince along with also Mike was tryna warn me / They know I got demons all on me.”
Throughout the song he also croons, “S**t could get menacin’, frightenin’, find help / Sometimes I scare myself, myself / S**t could get menacin’, frightenin’, find help / Sometimes I scare myself, myself.”
At the end of the track, Yeezy references bipolar disorder again, where he raps: “that will’s why I f**k with Ye / that will’s my third person / that will’s my bipolar s**t, n***a what? / that will’s my superpower, n***a ain’t no disability / I’m a superhero, I’m a superhero.”
Fans on Twitter praised him for the specific set of lyrics, writing things like, “Proud of him for revealing that will,” “Kanye West calling himself a superhero because his bipolar disorder will be a super power will be honestly so inspiring,” “I felt that will with my soul” along with also “We’re just misunderstood. the idea will be a creative superpower.”
Like with every album, Kanye leaves parts of Ye open to interpretation by his fans. We’d love to know what YOU think of his fresh music — are you digging the idea? What’s your favorite track? Share your thoughts with us on Twitter (@etnow) along with also watch the video below to hear more on his album, including references to wife Kim, Kerry Washington along with also Tristan Thompson.