Kanye West Achieves First Number One Hit in 13 Years Despite Controversy
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Kanye West Achieves First Number One Hit in 13 Years Despite Controversy

12 March 2024
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Kanye West Achieves First Number One Hit in 13 Years Despite Controversy

Kanye West’s ‘Carnival’

Kanye West, who has recently adopted the moniker “Ye,” is arguably one of the most contentious figures in the public eye. Despite the negative press, the 46-year-old creator of Yeezy has achieved unprecedented musical success.

The internet is ablaze once more as fans react to his latest achievement. His song “Carnival” from the album “Vultures 1,” featuring Ty Dolla $ign, Rich the Kid, and Playboi Carti, has ascended to the pinnacle of the Billboard Hot 100.

This achievement marks Ye’s fifth number-one song and his first in nearly 13 years, extending his career number ones over two decades. He is the first rapper to achieve this feat across three distinct decades.

“Vultures 1,” a collaborative project with Ty Dolla $ign, is Ye’s first album since he faced backlash for a series of antisemitic remarks and hate speech, leading to the termination of several commercial deals.

Ye has since apologized for his offensive outbursts, but for many fans, his erratic and troubling behavior in recent years is hard to overlook.

Reactions to “Carnival” reaching number one have been mixed, ranging from disbelief and anger to smug celebration among diehard Kanye fans.

User @ShadowTodd expressed his disapproval, stating that Kanye’s success is a setback for politics, decency, and good taste. Many echoed this sentiment, criticizing both Kanye’s personal views and the quality of “Carnival.”

However, some fans celebrated Ye’s success, crediting him for reaching number one without the backing of a major record label. User @KevKellum lauded Kanye’s extensive body of work, spanning rap, production, design, and fashion for over 20 years.

In true Kanye fashion, the “Life of Pablo” hitmaker celebrated his accomplishment with a cryptic Instagram post, which was later replaced with a simple “No caption.”

The controversy surrounding “Carnival” isn’t new. The song initially sparked outrage for featuring an unapproved sample of Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man.” In response, frontman Ozzy Osborne distanced himself from Kanye. Ye later replaced the sample with one from his own song, “Hell Of A Life,” which included a previously cleared “Iron Man” sample.

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