Kanye West, known for his bold moves, left fans on the edge of their seats at the world premiere of “Vultures,” his highly anticipated collaborative album with Ty Dolla Sign under the moniker ¥$. The Vultures Rave, hosted at Wynwood Marketplace in Miami, started fashionably late with West and Ty finally taking the stage almost two-and-a-half hours past the promised midnight start time.
The event, priced at $200 for general admission, $600 for VIP, and a whopping $10,000 for a table, faced technical glitches and delays. Despite the hiccups, fans who stuck around were treated to a preview of approximately 10 songs from the forthcoming album, set to be released later in the week. The duo brought out an ensemble of guest stars, including Chris Brown, Offset, Kodak Black, Lil Durk, Bump J, Freddie Gibbs, and even West’s daughter, North.
The album, marked by a distinctive audio throughline featuring plucking synth bass notes and a galloping pace, showcases a variety of musical styles. Notable moments include West’s daughter North showcasing her rap skills on “Slide,” and a standout verse from Nicki Minaj on the finished version of “New Body.” The controversial artist didn’t shy away from controversy, making headlines with provocative lyrics and even donning a black Ku Klux Klan hood during the performance of the album’s title track, “Vultures.”
The evening, more of a showcase than a traditional performance, ended abruptly at 3 a.m., with the venue shutting off the speakers. West, seemingly pleased with himself, repeated a controversial line from “Vultures” on the mic as the crowd dispersed.
In the aftermath of the Art Basel Miami Beach festivities, Kanye West’s surprise album listening party at Wynwood Marketplace added another layer to his controversial image. The rapper’s choice to wear a black Ku Klux Klan hood during the performance drew swift criticism, especially considering his previous use of racist imagery. The lyrics of “Vultures” also sparked controversy, with West addressing antisemitic remarks and wearing the provocative hat, further fueling the discourse. The unexpected moves continue to make Kanye West a polarizing figure, leaving fans and critics alike in anticipation of the official release of “Vultures.”