News recently broke that Kanye West is working on new music, and naturally everyone started freaking out. Holed up in Jackson Hole, Wyoming of all places, West has invited at least a baker’s dozen of hip-hop visionaries to help him on this undisclosed project. Last we heard, Travis Scott, Nas, Kid Cudi, The-Dream, Mike Dean, and many more are in town. Although we’re all assuming the crew is rolling up their sleeves for West’s ninth studio album, it’s also very possible they’re working on Cruel Winter, a follow up to GOOD Music’s Cruel Summer compilation.
Regardless, the team West has assembled amongst the picturesque mountains of the least populated state of the United States of America is insanely good. So good, in fact, that we thought we’d break down every artist we know is contributing – sports trading card style – with stats for each person, including what we think they’ll bring to the project. Take a look at our list below, stay tuned for updates as they come in, and be sure to let us know what you think of the artists so far in the comments.
Last appeared on: His sixth solo album, Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’ from 2016.
Strengths: His debut single “Day N Night,” still an absolute banger, his honesty and persistence.
Weaknesses: He’s known to describe himself as a “lonely stoner” and Kanye needs a focused team player to help him finish this album.
How we think they’ll contribute: Moral support for his longtime friend, and hopefully some bars to at least one track, “unfiltered, uncensored artistry,” and perhaps a psychedelic touch of some sort.
Last appeared on: His Tony 2 mixtape from 2016.
Strengths: He was shot in the head in Chicago on December 23, 2015 and survived the shooting. Nuff said.
Weaknesses: None that we can discern, tbh.
How we think they’ll contribute: Bringing some slightly younger Chicago-born blood into the mix.
Last appeared on: It’s hard to keep track, but probably producing Migos’ Culture II .
Strengths: He’s been working with Kanye for over a decade and the pair have taken home 5 Grammys together.
Weaknesses: Working with too many other dope artists?
How we think they’ll contribute: Adding the Mike Dean touch to most of the songs on the record.
Last appeared on: A Supreme T-shirt, and his 2017 song “Angel Dust” on the soundtrack to Netflix’s short-lived The Get Down.
Strengths: Being an absolute legend.
Weaknesses: He appeared on Madonna’s song “Veni Vidi Vici,” but we assume he’s learned from his mistakes.
How we think they’ll contribute: Straight up owning the bars on at least one track, and here’s hoping he’ll throw in a JAY-Z diss for old time’s sake.
Last appeared on: His own tracks “Honeyberry” and “Hacked my Instagram,” but don’t forget – he produced Playboi Carti’s “Magnolia.”
Strengths: He’s got a killer work ethic and has proved himself to be an innovative and trustworthy producer.
Weaknesses: His name gets shouted out a bit too many times on the tracks he produces. If you took a shot for every time you heard “Pi’erre” on Playboi Carti’s debut album you would pass out and get hospitalized.
How we think they’ll contribute: Adding dark purple sonic landscapes on a few of Kanye’s tracks, and maybe even rapping on one of them.
Last appeared on: He featured on Nipsey Hussle’s Victory Lap and JAY-Z’s 4:44.
Strengths: He’s a Grammy-winning songwriter and producer.
Weaknesses: His dating and marriage history is quite the epic, but we’re assuming it doesn’t really affect him in the studio.
How we think they’ll contribute: Hopefully magical hip-hop production on every single track, but we’ll have to wait and see!
Last appeared on: “Waves” from Kanye West’s last album The Life of Pablo.
Strengths: He’s Kanye’s first cousin.
Weaknesses: He’s Kanye’s first cousin.
How we think they’ll contribute: Based on his track record since The College Dropout and his decreasing credits, he will lend his vocals to exactly one song this time around.
Last appeared on: “Big Shot” with Kendrick Lamar on the Black Panther soundtrack.
Strengths: He’s got signature catch phrases (“It’s lit!”) and a pretty good back catalogue.
Weaknesses: He’s been known to get a bit clumsy at times…
How we think they’ll contribute: Although he hasn’t appeared on a Kanye West album before, they have certainly bonded more in the past couple years since they’re basically family now. With any luck, he’ll have a whole verse on a track.
Last appeared on: Production credits on Migos’ Culture II.
Strengths: He’s got a plethora of bangers under his belt, notably producing for Young Thug and 21 Savage.
Weaknesses: His ‘fit game lately has been out of control, possibly distracting him from his production duties.
How we think they’ll contribute: Adding his production skills to at least two songs on the project.
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