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  • Writer's pictureHARLEY LACARDO

Ye! Rap legend still producing



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Ye’s latest offering is a mesmerizing journey through the galley of his mind, blending innovative production with soul-searching lyricism. The album, a testament to West’s boundless creativity and penchant for pushing artistic boundaries, solidifies his position as one of the most influential figures in contemporary music. 


From the opening lyrics to the closing notes, Ye invites listeners into his world, exploring themes of love, loss, fame, and spirituality. The production is nothing short of spectacular, with intricate beats and unexpected sonic textures that keep the listener on their toes throughout the album’s entire runtime. 


Tracks like Burn showcase Ye’s trademark and lyrical prowess, while others, such as Back To Me, reveal a more vulnerable side to the enigmatic artist. 


“Burn” ignites the senses with its raw emotion and electrifying beats. Through lyrics and atmospheric melodies, Ye delves deep into personal struggles, resilience, and self-discovery themes. The track pulsates with intensity, capturing the essence of transformation. Ye’s signature creativity shines as he seamlessly blends melodies with powerful rhythms, creating a mesmerizing experience. “Burn” reflects Ye’s journey, inviting listeners to embrace their inner fire. 


“Back To Me” captivates listeners with its infectious rhythm. Through soulful melodies and storytelling, Ye explores self-discovery, redemption, and personal growth themes. Ye bares his soul with each verse, reflecting on past struggles and embracing newfound clarity. “Back to Me” is a testament to Ye’s artistic evolution, showcasing his ability to blend vulnerability with resilience. It’s a compelling anthem of self-empowerment and reclaiming one’s identity, leaving a lasting impact on those who listen. 


The album also features collaborations with fellow musicians that add depth and dimensions to the album, with guest appearances from artists such as Y$ and Ty Dolla $ign. 


Of the 15 different collaborators featured on the album, Ye experiments even in his features, branching out to celebrities excluded from the musical genre such as Mike Tyson and his daughter North West, who he shares with reality television star Kim Kardashian West. 


Ye’s collaboration with his daughter, “Talking” is particularly intriguing, as the ten year old is the track’s primary vocalist. Despite her child-like vocals, the song still manages to find its sound, interspersing ad libs in between verses to create a cohesive sound. At the end, Ye takes the song out of the control of his daughter and brings it to a vocally satisfying close, as Ye expresses heartfelt messages to his daughter. He sings, “My motivation is just looking at my family tree, I’m trying to make sure I contribute for the legacy.” These lyrics, combined with spotlighting his daughter, make for one of the most sentimental songs of Ye’s career. 


Another sentimental collaboration of the album is “Do It”. Though the song itself has no emotional merit, it features the late rapper Nipsey Hussle. Hussle, who was tragically shot and killed in 2019, appears on the track through a sample from a leaked song titled “I Just Want to Know.” The song never got its moment in the light, so Ye’s use of it is a great way to bring back the legacy of a creator who played a major part in shaping the genre. On top of the homage, the song is actually extremely catchy, with a rhythmic beat and an understated vocal. It does not come across as heavy-hitting as some other Ye classics, but it still is able to stand alone as a unique track. 


One of the album’s standout qualities is its seamless fusion of genres. Blending hip-hop, R&B, and experimental music elements to create a uniquely Ye sound. Each song feels like a meticulously crafted work of art, with every lyric, melody, and rhythm serving a greater purpose within the album’s overarching narrative. 


Vultures 1 is not just an album; it’s a statement, an assertion of West’s artistic vision, and a testament to his pursuit of excellence. The album demands to be listened to from start to finish, offering something new with each subsequent playthrough. In a musical landscape often characterized by conformity and predictability, Ye West continues to defy expectations, pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in popular music. 


Furthermore, Vultures 1 cements Ye’s status as a visionary artist and sets a new standard for innovation in the genre. It’s a bold and ambitious work that will be remembered as one of the defining albums of its time. 


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