West confirms new album will be released today (February 12)
Kanye West has dropped a new track online and confirmed that new album ‘The Life Of Pablo’ will be released today (February 12).
New song ’30 Hours’ was released via Soundcloud, with West writing on Twitter: “Now that the album is finally finished it’s back to Good Fridays.” It contains an Arthur Russell sample. West’s Good Fridays series sees the rapper sharing an unreleased track every Friday.
West launched his new album ‘The Life Of Pablo’ with a listening party and fashion show at New York’s Madison Square Garden last night (February 11). The arena event marked the launch of West’s Yeezy Season 3 range with Adidas and the premiere of his new album.
Now, the rapper has added new songs to its tracklisting and confirmed that it will be released today. It is currently being mastered, West states.
West has been criticised for one of the lyrics on his new album, in which he appears to insult Taylor Swift. Swift is referenced on ‘The Life Of Pablo’ song ‘Famous’. On the track, West raps: “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / I made that bitch famous.”
A representative for Swift responded to being namechecked on his album, with a spokesperson confirming that she had declined to release the song in question through her Twitter account.
Approached for comment by New York Times reporter Jon Caramanica, a representative confirmed that Swift did not approve the lyrics in advance and actively warned the rapper against using misogynistic language on his album. She was not made aware of the “bitch” line at all.
Kanye later defended his lyric, claiming that it was originally Swift’s own idea.