Last week, Kanye West released his eighth studio album to critical acclaim and blockbuster sales.
Yes, despite recent controversies surrounding West’s political views and outlandish tweets, ‘Ye has proven a success by any measure.
The album is set to take the top spot on the Billboard 200, and the top seven songs on Apple Music and Spotify are all by Kanye.
Of course, as he so often reminds us, Yeezy is his own harshest critic.
(He’s also his own most fervent cheerleader, a situation that may help to explain the album’s cover art.)
But when it comes to his latest feats of lyricism, Kanye may have some competition in the detractor department, as wife Kim Kardashian is admittedly less than thrilled about some of the lines on ‘Ye.
Kim says she was especially displeased by lines in which Kanye rapped about her reaction to his now-infamous claim that “slavery was a choice” for several centuries’ worth of black Americans.
On the song “Wouldn’t Leave,” West raps:
“My wife callin’, screamin’, say, ‘We ’bout to lose it all!’ / Had to calm her down ’cause she couldn’t breathe / Told her she could leave me now, but she wouldn’t leave.”
“Did I cry about it? Did I fight about it? Yeah,” Kim told Entertainment Tonight at the 2018 CFDA Fashion Awards in New York on Monday.
“That’s not stuff we put on social media — I’m not going to start tweeting what my thoughts are, but we have those moments and that was the one song that he didn’t really play for me until the last minute, so I heard that last minute and it meant a lot to me.”
Kim proceeded to dial back her criticism, saying:
“I really like that song … But yeah, we have different views sometimes, but that’s my husband, you know?”
Of course, when most wives sigh “That’s my husband!” they’re talking about the time he used their wedding dress to wax the car, not the time he told the whole world she almost divorced him due to his controversial views on slavery.
But even though she’s not thrilled with every line on the album, Kim says she’s a big fan of her husband’s EP:
“I’m so happy that it’s been well-received because I’ve seen him go through a lot and he’s just the most genuine person,” she told ET.
“He might say things that might get misinterpreted and people don’t see the context behind it, but I always know his heart, so I’m glad that it was really well-received,” she added.
As for all those tough-to-defend remarks, Kim says that’s just part of life with Kanye:
“I always believe and trust in him that he will always eventually explain himself because I know it’s hard,” she said.
“I know what he really means when he says something and I know people will too at some point.”