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Kanye West debuted his new album, simply titled YE, at his Wyoming retreat, playing the 7-track album for celebrity friends, including G.O.O.D Music’s Pusha T and Big Sean, Nas, Chris Rock, and wife, Kim Kardashian-West.

The group of celebs and select taste makers gathered around bonfires while listening to ‘Ye’s first body of work since 2016’s The Life of Pablo. Chris Rock had the honor of introducing the Chicago native.

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“Welcome to the world premiere of the latest opus from the one and only Kanye West entitled YE,” Rock announced.

“Remember this 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 freedom than Kanye West,” adding, “Listen without prejudice.”

Rock’s call to “listen without prejudice” is a hard ask for some, as plenty of fans and detractors alike can’t help but think of West’s recent social media rants and claims about slavery. In fact, his current image has become such a turn-off, that many are refusing to further support his music.

Check out these reactions from fans who simply can’t rock with the Louis Vuitton Don anymore.

Still, there are plenty of loyal Yeezy fans who can’t wait to hear the album, able to separate his “free thought” arguments from his musical genius.

 



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