Kanye West and Ty Dolla Sign Drop 'Vultures 1' Album

Kanye West's latest venture showcases his independent direction.

by Nouman Rasool
Kanye West and Ty Dolla Sign Drop 'Vultures 1' Album
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Kanye West's erratic release patterns took the latest twist on Friday, and the renowned artist, in collaboration with Ty Dolla $ign, finally let their fans get their hands on the long-awaited project "Vultures 1." The album made its surprise drop in the early hours of Saturday, in yet another one of West's unconventional releases.

Strangely enough, it has avoided Spotify, one of the big streaming services, but it still seems to be up on most other important streaming services. Vultures 1 will also see significant guest appearances by Lil Durk, Bump J, Freddie Gibbs, Playboi Carti, Travis Scott and Quavo amongst others.

It is to be part one of a trilogy. The first part was originally scheduled to come out on a Thursday, with the next two to follow on March 8 and April 5. Yet, true to recent form for West-affiliated releases, the dates are subject to change and often have.

Vultures 1: Yzy Release

Remarkably, "Vultures 1" appears to be released under West's own Yzy brand. This follows the dissolving of his long-running relationships with Def Jam Recordings and Sony Music Publishing last year.

West's increasingly controversial behavior came to a head with a series of anti-Semitic remarks last year, ending a number of branding deals and ostracizing him from much of his fanbase. Following the promotional strategy taken up by West's previous album, "Donda," "Vultures" came out with a series of public listening events, most notably in Chicago and in the Queens borough of New York City.

One notable omission from the album is a sample from a live performance of Black Sabbath's "Iron Man" by Ozzy Osbourne. Initially, it was added to the listening events but eventually left out following the fierce protests of Osbourne and his manager-wife, Sharon, and partially as a reaction to West's controversial antisemitic remarks.

The release of "Vultures 1" added a new chapter in the book that was Kanye West's storied career—a saga that has made him one of the most innovative and enigmatic figures in music. Even if the album is not available on Spotify, but is questionable, it can still be accessed on other platforms, and by no means would it make Kanye West's diehard fans and simply music connoisseurs worldwide disappointed from this latest artistic effort.

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