Kanye West capped off an interesting April by dropping two surprise tracks, "Ye Vs. The People" and "Lift Yourself."
The poop-filled "Lift Yourself" was a pure troll: A quick scat track about scat.
"Ye Vs. The People" -- a more traditional song -- is still a lyrical discussion between Kanye And T.I. about Kanye's trolly Trump-loving behavior.
Here's how the two tracks did on the charts.
US digital sales: Lift Yourself, @kanyewest 4,000 (debut).— chart data (@chartdata) May 8, 2018
Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100: #5(new) Lift Yourself, @kanyewest.— chart data (@chartdata) May 8, 2018
US digital sales: Ye vs. The People, @kanyewest Feat. @Tip 12,000 (debut).— chart data (@chartdata) May 8, 2018
Billboard Hot 100: #85(new) Ye vs The People, @kanyewest Feat. @Tip.— chart data (@chartdata) May 8, 2018
On the one hand, those are pretty crap numbers for a major recording artist who's been all over the news. On the other hand, Ye somehow got people to download a song about crap.
What do you think is going to happen on the charts when Kanye comes with more (and presumably more serious) music in a few weeks?