“Kanye West and Ty Dolla Sign Unveil Collaborative Album ‘Vultures’ in Miami, Joined by Offset, Chris Brown, and Freddie Gibbs”
Kanye West’s punctuality took a back seat at the world premiere of the highly anticipated collaborative album “Vultures” with Ty Dolla Sign, released under the moniker ¥$. Following a surprise teaser at a Jamaican restaurant in Miami, he commandeered Wynwood Marketplace for the Vultures Rave the very next day, initially set to kick off at midnight.
However, the show didn’t hit its stride until nearly two-and-a-half hours later. Technical glitches delayed West and Ty’s appearance as stage crew wrestled to connect West’s phone to the audio system. Meanwhile, online viewers experienced the chaos firsthand as the YouTube livestream stuttered and restarted multiple times before the broadcast. Attendance came at a price: $200 for general admission, $600 for VIP access, and a whopping $10,000 for a table reservation.
Fans and viewers who stayed tuned were treated to an exclusive showcase of around 10 songs from the upcoming project, slated for release this Friday. To amplify the experience, the duo enlisted the album’s featured guests to grace the stage, creating a vibrant ensemble with artists like Chris Brown, Offset, Kodak Black, Lil Durk, Bump J, Freddie Gibbs, and even West’s daughter North making appearances alongside them. (However, fans anticipating a Playboi Carti cameo were left disappointed, as he was on a plane that couldn’t land in time.)
What unfolded was a more defined glimpse into the raw and unpolished snippets that have recently surfaced. Die-hard West enthusiasts were likely already acquainted with the opening track “Everybody,” teased on social media the previous week. The track cleverly weaves an interpolation of Backstreet Boys’ 1997 hit “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back),” but instead of sampling the boy band directly, it features a recreated chorus by Charlie Wilson, collaborating with West, Ty, and Lil Baby on the song.
In “Slide,” Kanye West’s daughter, North, showcased her burgeoning rap talent alongside her father and Ty, adding her verses over a sample from James Blake. Lines like “It’s gonna get messy, just bless me, bless me / It’s your bestie, miss miss Westie” highlighted her performance. Kim Kardashian, along with their children, joined in to support the performance, creating a family moment onstage. Viewers on social media caught glimpses of Saint dancing to IShowSpeed’s Sui dance during the show.
The album “Vultures” maintains a consistent musical thread with its plucky synth bass notes and a dynamic tempo. West and Ty deliberately create space for featured artists, and the album boasts several collaborations. Nicki Minaj contributes a verse to the much-anticipated finished version of “New Body,” while Gibbs delivers an impressive guest appearance on “Back to Me,” a track produced by West’s longtime collaborator, 88-Keys. In a unique touch, they sample a quote from the film “Dogma,” where Jason Mewes remarks, “Beautiful, big-tittied women don’t just fall out of the sky, you know,” a phrase echoed throughout the song by West.
“Within the album, ‘Paid’ infuses elements of house music, while ‘Beg Forgiveness’ predominantly showcases Brown’s presence. ‘River’ pays tribute to Young Thug, featuring him amidst ongoing legal proceedings, with Ty concluding beautifully by reimagining Leon Bridges’ track towards the end.
West is no stranger to controversy, and already caught flack for a snippet of a line on “Vultures” where he states, “How I’m antisemitic, I just fucked a Jewish bitch.” It comes in a string of antisemitic remarks over the past year, and he didn’t shy from the discourse. As the song played, West stoked the flames by donning a black Klansman hat, pausing at the end of the song to glare at the audience.
Transitioning from more of a showcase than a conventional performance, the evening met an abrupt conclusion at 3 a.m. in Miami when the venue abruptly cut off the speakers. In a final act of defiance, West repeated the controversial ‘Vultures’ line on the mic. As attendees dispersed, West confidently navigated through the crowd, evidently satisfied with his actions.”