Kanye West has revealed that he will finish recording his delayed new album ‘Yandhi’ somewhere in Africa.
The delayed album was scheduled for release on September 29. However, the new music never materialised. Instead, his wife Kim Kardashian tweeted that his new release date will now coincide with Black Friday on November 23, a key shopping date in the US.
On a visit to TMZ, Ye confirmed his travel plans, saying: “We’re going to Africa in two weeks to record. I felt this energy when I was in Chicago, I felt the roots. But we have to go to what is known as Africa.
“I need to go, I need to find out what it’s really called. Just grab the soil and be and cook food, five meals a day so the metabolism stays up, have my kids in the studio, and have the mic in the open so you can hear nature while we’re recording.”
West didn’t elaborate which country in Africa he will be visiting but did reveal some of the concepts to be covered in this new record.
“I started incorporating sounds that you’ve never heard before, pushing, and having concepts that people don’t talk about,” he said. “We have concepts talkin’ about body shaming and women being looked down upon for how many people that they’ve slept with. It’s just a full Ye album. Those five albums that I dropped earlier were like superhero rehabilitation. Now the alien Ye is fully back in mode, off of medication, working out, breathing as much fresh air as possible, thinking, doing, being himself.”
The 41-year-old went on to mention the transitional period he’s currently enduring while pulling on newfound inspiration from his kids. “A lot of people say there haven’t been albums as good as ‘Watch the Throne’, ‘Dark Fantasy’ and ‘808s’, since that time,” said Kanye. “There’s a lot of transitions I’ve gone through in my life. [One of them is] getting comfortable with transitioning from being this crazy rapper to a dad and finding the inspiration in my daughter and seeing myself in her. She makes me see me.”
This has been a busy few weeks for the Chicago rapper. He managed to stir controversy with off-air comments in favour of Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live and widespread confusion with a tweet calling to “abolish” the 13th Amendment of the US Constitution (he later clarified that he meant to type “amend”), which originally prohibited slavery and “involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime”.