The hip-hop titans shared the news on social media with a picture of themselves posing in front of a recording desk, saying only that the project would be “coming soon”.
Ye and Dre Jesus is King Part II coming soon. pic.twitter.com/wTKFgXQQXQ
— ye (@kanyewest) November 18, 2019
At this stage is is not known what exactly the pair are working on but, given their monumental musical impact, it can be assumed that it will be a sequel album to West’s gospel-inspired ‘Jesus is King’ released last month.
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Ye has made his admiration clear for Dre in the past. In a 2010 Rolling Stone article he recalled how overwhelmed he was when he met the Californian rapper/producer.
“I first met Dre in December of 2003. He asked me to produce a track for The Game,” West said. “At first I was star-struck, but within 30 minutes I was begging him to mix my next album. He’s the definition of a true talent: Dre feels like God placed him here to make music, and no matter what forces are aligned against him, he always ends up on the mountaintop.”
Posting on Twitter over the weekend, the rapper shared the artwork for the event, which features a golden engraving of the eponymous Babylonian king. The opera, which is directed by Italian performance artist Vanessa Beecroft, will take place at The Hollywood Bowl on November 24.
NME has reached out to Kanye West and Dr Dre’s representatives for comment.