By now, we all know that Kanye West was tinkering with Ye until the last possible minute. We’ve also heard that Drake might’ve helped write the hook for “Yikes,” and that regardless of Kanye’s political statements, his streaming numbers and Wyoming merch are doing pretty damn well. What we didn’t know, however, was that Kim Kardashian hadn’t heard the maritally revealing “Wouldn’t Leave” until the album’s listening session premiere.
According to CNN, while attending the 2018 CFDA Fashion Awards in Brooklyn last night, Kim Kardashian—who received the gala’s first-ever Influencer Award—told Entertainment Tonight reporters that “Wouldn’t Leave” was a surprise and last-minute addition to Ye. In case you’ve somehow avoided the album, Kanye raps about a panicked call from his wife, afraid they’ll lose it all after Kanye’s political comments and slavery rant on TMZ. “Told her she could leave me now, but she wouldn’t leave,” he raps.
“That was the one song that he didn’t really play for me until the last minute,” she said. Kim added that she’s usually in the room when Kanye’s working on new music, but Ye was scrapped entirely and redone in the span of a few days. “I left to go home for like two days and I come back and it was a whole new album,” she said. “It’s fascinating to see the process.”
Ye essentially catches everyone up on the mental and publicized turmoil in Kanye’s life in the past two years. The album contains admissions of mental health struggles, the Tristan Thompson infidelity toward Kanye’s sister-in-law Khloe Kardashian, and the heavily criticized comments about black Americans mentally enslaving themselves after slavery came to an end. His wife, meanwhile, thinks of Kanye as nothing but “genuine,” and firmly stands by his side—no matter what he says on record or in the media.
“He might say things that might get misinterpreted and people don’t see the context behind it, but I always know his heart,” she said.
When it comes to the Kim-centric “Wouldn’t Leave,” the media mogul strongly appreciates the honesty and sentiment. “It meant a lot to me,” she said. “We have different views sometimes, we have different things, but that’s my husband, you know?”