Here’s What We Know About Kanye West’s New Album
Kanye West Prepping New Solo Album
Kanye West's last officially released album, Donda, dropped over two years ago. In the time since, Ye has been marred in relationship drama and controversy. However, back in August, it was reported Ye is hard at work on his latest release. Chicago producer Orlando "Fya Man" Wilder conducted an AMA on Reddit where the Donda collaborator spilled some beans on Ye's progress.
Fya Man described the tracks Ye was working on as "Old Ye but new with the times." He also confirmed the controversial producer was working on the album at his birthday party back in June.
"Music was worked on heavily, and the party was amazing," Fya Man noted.
New Album Details Emerge
Later in August, more details emerged on the upcoming album on popular subreddit page, GoodAssSub. According to the Reddit account Insurge, a user known for leaking music, the album is titled Change and is set to be released in October. Further purported details claimed the new LP is "a mix of The College Dropout and The Life of Pablo" and alleged the release will contain an "insane" list of guest appearances.
Ye Previews New Track at London Fashion Show
"P***y like a Steph three, straight water/Baby what's the killer price? Kevin Costner," Ye raps on the track below.
Rundown Spaz Releases Song With Kanye Feature
Pine Bluff, Ark. rapper Rundown Spaz released the track "First Day Out (Freestyle) Pt. 2" on Sept. 5, which features a guest verse from Kanye. While the cameo is believed to be A.I.-generated, the verse, where Ye addresses his recent NSFW moment in Italy, has people talking.
Despite the talk the verse may be fake, the song is still on DSPs and YouTube, which seems that Kanye isn’t tripping over its release if it is A.I.-generated. Either way, it’s all adding to the talk that Kanye is back in the studio recording new music for an upcoming album.
Jesus Is King 2 Leaks
On Sept. 25, Kanye and Dr. Dre's Jesus Is King 2 album leaked. The 15-track release features several songs from the original album over new Dre beats and contains guest appearances from Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Travis Scott, Pusha T and more. It is unclear how the album made its way to the internet. However, there is a possibility the vaulted tracks were purposefully leaked in order to garner buzz for Ye's new album.
Ty Dolla $ign Is Involved in New Album
Two days after the Jesus Is King 2 leak, TMZ reported on Sept. 27 that Ye is in the lab working feverishly on the new album. A source tells the celebrity news site Kanye has completed 10 songs in the last week. Ty Dolla $ign is said to be a heavy contributor to the project. As far as a solid release date, that remains up in the air.
Kanye West Postpones New Album With Ty Dolla $ign
According to a Billboard report published on Oct. 13, Kanye West briefly slowed down the release of his new album with Ty Dolla $ign as they look for a partner to distribute the project. A collaborative album between the two was initially set to be released that day, but apparently, Ye was struggling to find someone to help distribute the project.
Kanye West and Ty Dolla $ign Announce Stadium Listening Events, Postpone Them
On Oct. 23, Ty Dolla $ign announced on Instagram that he and Ye would host a multi-stadium listening event the following month. "Multi-stadium listening event November 3," the post read, which also featured the yen and dollar signs symbol.
However, shortly after Ty's announcement, a Billboard report published on Nov. 1 confirmed the event was postponed. The newly formed duo's new album would not drop on that date either.
Ty Dolla $ign Promises Joint Album With Ye is Coming "Real Soon"
Video circulating on Nov. 12 showed Ty Dolla $ign pausing a recent concert to update his fans on the status of the project.
"I just landed on a flight from Saudi Arabia," said Ty Dolla. "I've been out there recording a part of my album with my brother Ye. And that's coming real soon."
Sources Confirm Kanye West Is Recording New Album in Saudi Arabia
After Ty Dolla $ign's update, Instagram user __nrda shared an Instagram carousel that purports to show Ye's current living conditions while he works on the new album. The photos showed luxury tents set in the desert, while another photo shows an open laptop next to speakers and a keyboard. The photos were reportedly taken at Named Ashar Tented Resort in Alula, Saudi Arabia.
Kanye West Boasts About Having Sex With Jewish Woman in Song Snippet
While working on the album in Saudi Arabia, one of Kanye West's songs leaked online on Nov. 16. The snippet of the unreleased song began circulating on social media, with Ye heard rapping about how he's not anti-Semitic because he slept with "a Jewish b***h."
Another snippet of the song was also leaked and played on Chicago's Power 92 radio station. In that clip, Lil Durk could be heard rapping on the untitled track.
Kanye West and Ty Dolla $ign Drop "Vultures" Without Lil Durk Verse
Kanye West and Ty Dolla $ign officially dropped off their new song "Vultures" on Nov. 22, but fans were upset when the final version didn't include a verse from Durkio. The song instead featured the rapper Bump J.
Kanye West, Ty Dolla $ign and Bump J Perform "Vultures" for the First Time
On Monday (Nov. 27), Kanye West, Ty Dolla $ign and Bump J performed "Vultures" for the first time together while in Dubai. The surprise performance went down during Lil Durk's show at the nightclub Blu Dubai.