Kanye West's Ye doesn't have a lot of time to spare. Coming in at only 23 minutes, it crams a lot of different feelings into a very short period. The second to last song, "Ghost Town," manages to be the albums climax, while showcasing the best of G.O.O.D. Music's new talent.
The track, which was originally supposed to be featured on Kanye and Kid Cudi's upcoming Kids See Ghost album, barely has any Kanye at all. Following a pained and almost unrecognizable intro from John Legend and a bridge from Cudi, Kanye spits a quick couple of bars about his hopes for the future, that maybe some day the world can come together.
The highlight of the song, however, is the feature from G.O.O.D. Music's recent signee, 070 Shake, who delivers an emotional outro that marks the emotional crescendo of the album. Her ode to youth, self-harm, and liberation, mirrors Kanye's own recent experiences, and channels the themes of the album as whole. Kanye gets crazy with the production here as well, throwing in as many off-the-wall sounds as possible while Shake wails over a rising guitar riff.
"Ghost Town" brings us up, and sets up nicely for the descent of album closer, "Violent Crimes."
We're still the kids we used to be, yeah, yeah
I put my hand on the stove, to see if I still bleed
Yeah, and nothing hurts anymore I feel kind of free