Narrating his troubling year, Kanye West’ self-titled confessional is an eye opener to his conflicting state of mind. Proclaiming his disabilities as a superpower, Kanye strengthens his weaknesses to explore both sides of his bipolar disorder. In just seven years Kanye West provided a glimpse into his rollercoaster mind, but was there enough insight to his madness?
Upon arrival, album opener “I Thought About Killing You” is a spine-tingling introduction to the infuriating instinct of rather or not to commit suicide, but yet Kanye confronts the demons that haunts him, resonating the relationship between inner peace and self-destruct. The album most mainstream appealing hits “Yikes” and “All Mine” helped him to confront his controversies on aggressive, disjointedly structured productions. “No Mistakes”, and “Wouldn’t Leave”, Kanye provides clarity to the other side of his bipolar disorder appreciating Kim.
Closing out the narrative, “Ghost Town”, and “Violent Crimes”, are emotional reflections of the loss of innocence, and alludes to feeling free through self-harm, as an ode to being a kid and feeling alive again. The outro to the chapter ends with “don’t you grow up in a hurry, your mom will be worried…reality is upon us, colors drippin’ off’, addresses Kanye’s anxiety of North growing up, and experiencing the traumatizing experience of reality, as it balances the album’s stages of mental health, and the thoughts that effect his state of mind.
Throughout each of the seven songs, Kanye West battles depression through awareness, accepting the outcome of reality, while associating his ego with mindfulness, and his self-titled effort is his capability to collide his energy to the music. Polarizing immediately upon arrival, Ye, is an expression of thoughts that aren’t executed through precise lyricism, and as personal it is, it seems as if Kanye is barely there. Censoring himself for the first time, Kanye senses the harm that his mental health has on others, but at seven songs it seems as if Kanye had more to say and chose other artists to narrate what was supposed to be his candid narrative.
Despite the fact that this isn’t a manifesto of political beliefs, it is a in depth tale of Kanye being Kanye, a therapeutic story that hinges on the old and the new Kanye, and even though it flows through different themes of his mental health, it constantly builds and builds for that one explosive moment but doesn’t reach the climax the album desperately needs before the last two tracks.
Though it’s a record that has resonated emotionally as time has progressed, it’s a stain to Kanye’s greatness, as it doesn’t resonate any artistic growth. It’s not as lyrically effective as The College Dropout, as accessible as Graduation, as emotional as 808’s & Heartbreak, nor is it as innovative as Yeezus. In-fact it’s raw and unhinged. It was necessary for Kanye West to highlight the self-destruct of the cause and effect of his mental disabilities and is as great as it is. At this point in his career, the reflection of the reality of Kanye West, is a blurry vision that is in dire need of purity.