The rapper released the album, which featured tracks like ‘Famous’ and ‘No More Parties In LA’, in 2016. In a four-star review, NME said: “More an obscure self-portrait than a Picasso masterpiece, ‘The Life Of Pablo’ retains its author’s status as the most interesting man in music. But he makes it seem like harder work than the effortlessness we’re used to.”
Speaking on the latest episode of his podcast, Ellis revealed West had asked him to be involved with making the proposed videos. “Kanye is, yes, a genius, and every hour I spent with him was more than worth it, even if the project never happened,” he said.
He also explained that the star had gotten back in touch a few months ago to discuss turning the videos into a movie. While Ellis didn’t think it would work, he visited West at his Calabasas house, saying he felt “hesitant and didn’t know what to expect” when he arrived.
The author said when he got there West was already meeting with several people about the movie, while also overseeing his fashion line and preparing to rehearse new songs. “In the five years I had known him, I had never seen him this focused, this together,” he said. He added the rapper was “sane, his own man” and not a “drugged-out freak gibbering on Twitter as the media suggested.”
Ellis previously worked with West on the promotional video for ‘New Slaves’ after receiving a call out of the blue from the star’s team.
Meanwhile, West is teaming up with Chance The Rapper on a joint album. Chance recently confirmed West will join him in Chicago to work on the “very personal” record.