The follow-up to 'Ye's seventh album 'The Life of Pablo' is on the way – and then some!
Kanye is dominating headlines again, and you know what that means – Yeezy season approachin’.
Well, we’ve been waiting for some time, haven’t we? It was way back in February 2016, two weeks after the release of Kanye West‘s divisive ‘The Life of Pablo’ (we reckon it’s awesome, btw), when the rapper tweeted that “My next album is titled “Turbo Grafx 16″ as of now…” Given that ‘TLOP’ had gone through a few name changes, from ‘So Help Me God’ to ‘SWISH’ , there’s every chance that ‘Ye has changed the name a thousand times since that tweet.
He can call the album whatever hell he wants – we just want it in our earholes right now. Here’s everything we know about Kanye’s mystery upcoming eighth album, thanks to recent social media splurge.
When will Kanye West’s new album be released?
Kanye’s pal Ibn Jasper ‘grammed a photo from the studio back in February 2016. That was all we had to go for a while, but then Yeezus rose again and on April 19 2018 tweeted “my album is 7 songs”, then followed it up with a date: June 1, 2018.
Sounds more like an EP than an album, Kanye, but fine, whatever, we’ll take it. Anyway, it really is fine, because we’re not just getting one album – we’re getting bloody two! In addition to this 7-track album (it’s an EP!), he’s putting out a joint album with Kid Cudi. That album will be named after the name of their collaborative project, Kids See Ghosts. That’ll be out June 8.
In addition to all this, he’s releasing albums from Pusha T (May 25) and singer Teyana Taylor (June 22) through his G.O.O.D Music project, and has been designing his Yeezy clothing line (he’s re-invented Crocs, it seems), while also working on a philosophy book that he’s tweeting line-by-line as he’s writing it. Or something. Yeezus works in mysterious ways, as people don’t quite say.
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What’s the album called?
Kanye shared a screenshot on Twitter of a conversation between him and someone called Wes (potentially his ‘Yeezus’ art collaborator Wes Lang, or new GOOD Music signee Sheck Wes) in which he asked for title ideas. Wes replied: “LOVE EVERYONE.” Kanye’s response? “I love that.”
Have we seen the artwork?
Maybe. In the same chat with “Wes”, West shared a photo of plastic surgeon Jan Adams, who he explained performed his mother’s “final surgery”. “This is my album cover,” he wrote. “I won’t to forgive and stop hating.”
West’s mother Donda died in 2007 of heart disease and “multiple post-operative factors” the day after Adams performed liposuction and breast reduction surgery on her.
What can we expect from the new album?
Two tracks, ‘Euro (Switch Hands)’ and ‘Hold Tight’, leaked in summer 2017. The former features A$AP Rocky, with Migos and Young Thug appearing on the latter. Both are brooding and trap-influenced, hinting that an upcoming album might see ‘Ye make a return to the introspective vibe of 2008’s ‘808s & Heartbreaks’, though there’s no confirmation that the tracks will contribute to a new collection.
It’s even been suggested that he’s turned to Sufjan Stevens for inspiration, given that, in May, Kanye tweeted a screengrab to show that he had been listening to the melancholic crooner’s music.
In November 2017, rapper Desiigner told the publication Montreality: “Kanye is doing great man, he’s staying focused… You know, he’s a busy man. He got the art going on, he got the album and also he got the label and then, first and foremost, he has a family. He’s coming up, the album is about to be crazy, we working, man. G.O.O.D. Music – we forever, baby.”
Have any guests been confirmed for the new album?
Black Star rapper Talib Kweli recently ‘Grammed a photo of Kanye, hip hop legend Mos Def and comedian Dave Chapelle with the caption “2018 looking good…”, fuelling speculation that the group has been working on something together – perhaps the new seven-track Yeezy record.
Is a tracklist available?
Maaaaaybe. In December 2016, producer Pete Rock ‘grammed a video of a studio (YouTube upload below), with the caption: “playing 45s in da lab with Kanye West.” Eagle-eyed fans spotted a notepad, which may contain a tracklist, as below, or might simply be a list of his favourite video games. It’s also 14 tracks long – twice the length Kanye has now claimed his new record will be.
1. Metroid Other
2. Muramasa the Demon Blade
3. New Super Mario Bros
4. No More Heroes 2
6. Pikmin 2
7. Rabbids Go Home
8. Red Steel 2
9. Resident Evil
10. Silent Hill
11. Sin & Punishment 2
12. Sonic Colors
13. Super Mario Galaxy Pt. 1 & Pt. 2
14. Tatsunoko vs. Capcom
The Turbo Grafx 16 was a cult ’80s games console and you may have clocked the unsubtle videogame references in these track names. Let it be known: Kanye West is not a man who does things by half measures.
Where has Kanye West been recording his new album?
It’s been reported that Kanye retired to a mountaintop in Wyoming to work on the project. This was back in May 2017, around which time Kanye deleted his main social media profiles. Because there’s nothing more distracting than Minions memes when you’re on a Wyoming mountaintop, trying to make a masterpiece.
And now he’s back at work on the album in Wyoming now?
According to social media sightings, Yeezy went back to the Wyoming snowtops in March. He was joined that time by a whole host of possible collaborators: Nas, Kid Cudi, Travis Scott, King Louie, The-Dream, A$AP Bari, Tony Williams, Wheezy, Mike Dean and Pi’erre Bourne. Oh and, of course, Kim Kardashian paid a visit too.
Fast forward to May, and Kanye has returned to Wyoming once again. TMZ reports that West is putting “finishing touches” to his album and will be there for “at least several weeks” with “a stream of visitors” expected.
Is Drake going to be on the album?
That’s what the internet detectives think, with some pointing out how a railing in a photo taken by Kim Kardashian in Wyoming looks very similar to one posted by Drake’s personal photographer Theo Skudra. Hopefully their team-up will be better than last year’s ‘Glow’.
Is Rick Rubin involved this time?
Could be. As you probably remember, Rubin was instrumental in the final days of work on West’s ‘Yeezus’ album back in 2013.
Well, in early April, Kanye was spotted at his Calabasas office along with his aunt and mega-producer Rubin. “You don’t bring your aunt to the studio to listen to something half finished. You bring her to the studio to show her your nearly complete masterpiece,” one fan wrote on Reddit.
How excited should we be about Kanye’s new album?
Put it this way: way in March 2016, Migos member Quavo caused mass panic among music fans the world over when he ‘grammed the above photo from the studio with the caption: “TURBO.” The snap features the rest of Migos, along with Big Sean, ‘Ye’s protégé Vic Mensa, Lil Yachty and Kanye himself – and if that doesn’t make you excited, reader, may we gently suggest you retire to a mountaintop in Wyoming and have a good, hard think about things.
And what non-music things have happened?
Well, where do we start? Kanye has praised Trump, criticised Obama, angered half the music world, met with controversial right-wing pundit Candace Owens, revealed he was addicted to opioids, made controversial comments about slavery and sought a restraining order after threats were made to his safety.