Ahead of the release of Kanye West’s hugely-anticipated new album YE, we’ve gathered everything you need to know to get even more amped-up about the album’s drop.
After releasing The Life of Pablo in 2016 with features from Rihanna, Chance the Rapper and Kid Cudi, it’s safe to say that two years on, hype for another album release is reaching a fever pitch.
As seen on previous projects, West has worked with some of music’s finest, both on production and lyric composition. For his forthcoming project, many are wondering who’s likely to be a returning collaborator. How will he follow up his explosive gospel sounds? And when is the album expected to drop?
For these details and more, read on for a rundown of everything we know so far about Kanye West’s upcoming album ye.
West took to Twitter to share the date of the upcoming album, tweeting simply “June 1.” Rumors about the new album only started circulating recently, so the release is coming earlier than anticipated.
The official album title is ye according to attendees from the private listening party in Wyoming. It was previously titled Love Everyone, as revealed in a screenshot of a text message between West and artist West Lang.
While it seems like a highly implausible reality, Kanye West says his next album cover will feature surgeon Jan Adams. In the same text to Lang, West states “This is my album cover. This is plastic surgeon Jan Adams. The person who performed my moms final surgery.”
Shortly after posting the image, Dr. Adams sent West a cease and desist letter which he later shared on Twitter.
However, Kim Kardashian West recently informed the public that Kanye shot the cover himself.
Once the album officially dropped on streaming platforms, the tracklist was confirmed. Although no feature credits are listed, we know that Kid Cudi, Nicki Minaj, John Legend, and more appear on the album.
1. ”I Thought About Killing You”
3. “All Mine”
4. “Wouldn’t Leave”
5. “No Mistakes”
6. “Ghost Town”
7. “Violent Crimes”
An official tracklist has not yet been revealed to the public. In his infamous tweet storm, West revealed that the album is just seven songs long, suggesting that he’s already finalized the tracklist. This would make it West’s shortest album yet, with all of his studio releases averaging over 10 songs.
So far, he has released two singles called “Ye Vs. The People” and “Lift Yourself” which came out about a month ago.
After reportedly choosing Jackson Hole as his recording location, a number of notable music artists were photographed touching down in Wyoming.
From the likes of famed rappers Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Nas, and Kid Cudi to younger artists Pi’erre Bourne and Travis Scott, there are many potential collaborators for the upcoming album.
King Louie and The Dream were spotted at the Jackson Hole airport, and ’Ye’s first cousin Tony Williams (who is also a credited artist on The Life of Pablo) made an appearance at the Jackson Hole mountain resort.
While there are little to no pictures of Drake himself, the rapper’s personal photographer uploaded several pics and clips located in Wyoming. Additionally, Drake was overheard during a live gaming session that he had to “pack for Wyoming.” If his songwriter credits on The Life of Pablo’s “30 Hours” is anything to go by, fans can likely expect a contribution from the Canadian rapper on the upcoming release.
OVO artist PARTYNEXTDOOR might also make an appearance given that he tweeted about a collaboration with ‘Ye back in 2017. Sadly there is no further explanation but we imagine that it could coincide with this upcoming project.
Rick Rubin is expected to resume his role as executive producer as he previously worked on YEEZUS in 2013 and The Life of Pablo. He was recently snapped with West heading into the Calabasas office.
In February 2017, Clipse member and G.O.O.D music artist Pusha T confirmed in an interview with 93.9 (which you can watch below) that Kanye West was working on new music.
Similarly, in June that year, Def Jam CEO Steve Bartels sat down with Variety and revealed that “Kanye is working.”
On March 13, Highsnobiety reported that Kanye West had been spotted in Jackson Hole, Wyoming to reportedly work on his upcoming album.
West, who skipped out on the Met Gala in May 2017, in addition to deleting all his social media accounts in the same month was then spotted traveling back and forth between Calabasas and the snowy landscapes.
A source told Page Six that the rapper was looking to get back into his “creative groove,” and further discussed how the relocation mirrored West’s creative process for My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy where he settled in Hawaii to record the sessions.
“That’s his pattern. It’s what he always does,” the source told Page Six magazine. “He goes away. He’s done Hawaii, Mexico, Paris, Malibu… It’s what he’s always done. He’s not in some ‘struggle’ to find his creative voice. Any creative endeavor he’s done, there’s a start to the process and he wants to figure out what he talks about,” they continued. “It’s a creative journey every time and he starts from scratch.”
In an interview with Ebro and Crew on Hot ‘97 radio, model and G.O.O.D music signee Teyana Taylor revealed that she and West were working on new music. While remaining rather cryptic about the project, the actress did reveal that West was making a return to “Polo ’Ye.”
For many, this could suggest a return to sample-heavy productions such as “Through the Wire” or “Famous.” For others, West’s “polos and backpacks” era hallmarks the re-awakening of socially conscious lyrics as heard on “All Falls Down.”
West also revealed that he has an upcoming album with Kid Cudi in the works. The collaborative project is called Kids See Ghost and is expected to arrive on June 8.
Keep it locked here for more info ahead of the record’s release. In related news, here’s what went down at Kanye West’s official album listening party in Wyoming.
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