kanye west new album

Let’s face it: even the most minute details on Kanye West’s new album sends us all into an unashamed frenzy, and the latest update comes from one of Ye’s longest serving collaborators, Malik Yusef. Speaking with Rolling Stone, the G.O.O.D. Music veteran ever-so-slightly cracked the lid on Mr. West’s massively awaited follow-up to 2013’s Yeezus, offering an abstract yet appetizing description of what it sounds like. He also revealed that Kanye has “20 finished songs,” although “your favorite title” (which we assume is the previously leaked “All Day”) may not even make the cut.

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“This album is different. It’s like a pair of Timberlands; like how Timberlands are not quite leather and not quite suede. It’s not the smooth, slick Chicago music sound we have right now and it’s not the ruggedness of just ‘hip-hop hip-hop hip-hop.’ We’re still working like a motherfucker. We’ve been all around the world [recording].”

Yusef would not divulge any titles (“Your favorite title may not even make it on the album”), but says that West has “20 finished songs.” The musician claims that recording with West this time around has been smoother than Yeezus. “We fought over Yeezus every day,” he says, laughing. “There was no friendly disagreements. It was definitely a war. It’s ‘I don’t give a fuck, Malik. It’s a Kanye album, not a Malik Yusef album.’ Kanye’s kicked me off the label eight times.”

These aren’t the first details on Kanye’s album we’ve received. Producer Evian Christ (who worked on Yeezus) revealed that Ye asked him for “something that sounds a bit like Otis Redding, a bit like Mobb Deep” (which kinda corroborates with Malik’s description, we guess). Although Kanye himself said he was aiming to drop the album in September (“or should it be October? Should it be November?”), there’s still no word on an official release date. If he’s not planning on pulling a Beyoncé, that is.

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