During this week’s episode of the Brilliant Idiots podcast, Charlamagne spoke about his recent meet-up with Ye, as well as the slew of albums G.O.O.D. Music has on deck. The radio personality claimed Kanye’s upcoming solo effort is “socially conscious” and has the same introspective vibes as 2016’s “Real Friends.”
“So, the new stuff, you think it’s similar to [The] Life of Pablo, Yeezus?” co-host Andrew Schulz asked. “Is it bars? Is it ballads?”
After giving it a few seconds of thought, Charlemagne provided an interesting description.
“I think it’s similar to, like, ‘socially conscious’ Ye—‘message’ Ye,” he said at the 9:40 mark, before explaining it wasn’t necessarily political. “[…] You know, like on Pablo he had like ‘Real Friends’; that shit was about something. It was about fake friends and who you’re real friends are. He’s on that vibe. He’s talking about real shit. Not to saying he don’t always rap about real shit.”
Charlamagne also claimed to have heard Pusha T’s and Teyana Taylor’s upcoming music; he described the latter as “phenomenal.”
“I’ve always felt like Teyana was a superstar,” he said (4:30). “[…] But for whatever reason her music has never really connected. But Kanye produced her whole album […] It’s really dope.”
He made similar comments about Pusha’s next album; however, he didn’t provide much detail.
Charlamagne said he and Kanye keep in touch, and that their most recent encounter involved discussions about mental health.
“He’s in a very good space,” he said (1:30). “[…] We talked about all of that—meds, and everything.”
When pressed about what kind of medications Ye is currently on, Charlamagne said he didn’t know if the rapper was on anything at all.
“I just hope he talks soon. I don’t actually know if he’s on meds. We were just having discussions about all of that,” he explained, before touching on Kanye’s health issues. “[…] A lot of things that we saw Kanye going through, we kind of laughed at it—not laugh at it, but he’s an entertainer, so you don’t take it as serious […] There’s a lot of things we don’t take into consideration.”
You can check out Charlamange’s conversation about Ye in the video above. The full Brilliant Idiots episode can be heard below.