Kanye West appeared on US radio station Power 105.1 this morning (February 20), giving an interview in which he spoke about his upcoming new album, the now-infamous Beck interruption at the Grammys and planning to work with Drake.
Speaking on The Breakfast Club, the rapper claimed that his forthcoming seventh LP is “80 per cent done” and will be released as a “surprise album”.
West said: “[It’s gonna be] bars, songs, cookout music that just feels good. My last album was a protest to music, I was like ‘I’m gonna take my ball and go home’… This album is embracing the music, joy. Being of service to the people. I just hope people like it and enjoy it.”
West recently debuted his new song ‘Wolves’ featuring Vic Mensa and Sia at the launch of his Adidas Yeezy 750 Boost collection, now revealing that the track originates from a previously planned collaboration with Drake. “The song [‘Wolves’] came from a conversation me and Drake had where we were supposed to do an album together – it was supposed to be called Wolves… we said we was gonna do it, he was sending beats back and forth,” West said.
Elsewhere in the radio interview, West expanded upon his motives for mock-interrupting Beck at the Grammy Awards, claiming that he has the musician’s phone number but has not found the time to call him yet: “I got his number and I was supposed to call, but I just keep forgetting… I felt good for him. Think of all the good stuff that happened to me in the last eight days. The person that won was Beck, because if I hadn’t done that, his Album of the Year would’ve never been mentioned… He should win an award for what he did—Rock Album—but he shouldn’t have won that award.”
West also discussed his uncharacteristic silence following current racial tensions and instances of police brutality in the US (“My dad emailed me and said ‘Stay out of it.’ That’s my only parent, so I have to listen…I think he’s trying to be protective of his son. I can’t run in front of every single bullet”) and delivered a jab at his ex-girlfriend Amber Rose (“I had to take 30 showers before I got with Kim”).
Meanwhile, Kanye West recently revealed that his Adidas Originals Collection was inspired by the London riots of 2011. West said: “I was living in London at that time and saw the way that the kids wanted the clothes and I didn’t have the skill set to do the more inexpensive clothes.”