Kanye West says new album ‘Swish’ may not be released for another year

Rapper calls upcoming record a "two-year painting" and says he's "not worried" of taking another 12 months

Kanye West has offered fans an update on the status of new album ‘Swish’, admitting that it could be another year until the album is released.

West has previously suggested that the follow up to 2013 album ‘Yeezus’ would arrive this year. However, it has so far failed to materialise despite the release of single ‘All Day’ in March.

Now, in a new interview with Vanity Fair, West describes ‘Swish’ as being a “two-year painting” and admits that he could still be working on the record in another 12 months. “I’ve been doing that [making a new album] too,” he said. “That’s like a sonic landscape, a two-year painting.”


West recently debuted new song ‘Fade’ at a New York Fashion Week event – another track that has been in development for some time. “That song I played has been a year and a half in the making and it may be still a year from being complete,” West says. “But it was to let people get a glimpse at the painting.”

The New York Fashion Week show saw West face criticism after announcing a last-minute show that clashed with many other designers.

Apologising for this, West told Vanity Fair: “A lot of times I feel like Will Ferrell in the movie Elf. You know this big guy that wants to [join in] and his hands are a little bit too big… I could just say please forgive me if I ever step on any toes, because there’s nothing that I would ever want to do or say that would take away from any designer, that would take away from anyone’s work or what they’re working so hard on.”

Elsewhere in the interview, West said that he is “definitely” still running for President in 2020 though he is against the idea of a traditional election where candidates face off against one another.

“When I run for president, I’d prefer not to run against someone,” he said. “I would be like ‘I want to work with you.’ As soon as I heard [Republican candidate] Ben Carson speak, I tried for three weeks to get on the phone with him. I was like this is the most brilliant guy. And I think all the people running right now have something that each of the others needs. But the idea of this separation and this gladiator battle takes away from the main focus that the world needs help and the world needs all the people in a position of power or influence to come together.”

In a recent interview with NME, Rihanna revealed that she is waiting for West to be free so she can finish recording her new album with him. Similarly, Justin Bieber has said that he too is working with West on new music that boasts a “New York vibe.”