Kanye West and Ty Dolla $ign, operating under the collaborative name ¥$, have released a new album titled "Vultures 1". The album, which includes contributions from artists such as Lil Durk, Freddie Gibbs, Travis Scott, and West's daughter North, marks the first widely available album from West since "Donda" and its deluxe edition. "Vultures 1" was released through West's YZY brand after his long-standing relationship with Def Jam Recordings ended in 2021.
The album was initially previewed in Miami, where West notably wore a black hood resembling a Ku Klux Klan robe, drawing significant media attention. The release has been surrounded by controversies, including West's recent professional repercussions for wearing a "White Lives Matter" t-shirt and making antisemitic remarks online, leading to severed ties with several companies and canceled appearances.
"Vultures 1" discusses themes of antisemitism and addresses West's perception publicly, with controversial lyrics that have sparked discussions. The album's release followed several delays and public statements by West, including an apology to the Jewish community posted in Hebrew, which has been met with mixed reactions from organizations like the Anti-Defamation League and the American Jewish Committee.
The final artwork for "Vultures 1" features West in a hockey goalie mask, a departure from the originally featured 19th-century painting by Caspar David Friedrich, which was later used for a three-song release called "Vultures Pack". This change comes amid discussions about the imagery's association with controversial figures and themes.
"Vultures 1" represents another chapter in West's and Ty Dolla $ign's long history of collaboration, including previous hits like "FourFiveSeconds" and "Fade". The album's reception and impact remain to be fully seen, especially in the context of West's recent controversies and the public's reaction to his statements and artistic expressions.