It’s YEEZY ALBUM SEASON and Kanye is being as Kanye as he can possibly be about the new project, revealing very little and letting the speculation machine do his marketing for him. There is a small group of human beings (VIPs if you will) spread across the globe (I’m assuming) that have heard a preliminary version of the album, but nobody is really talking about it. And so the internet is left to disect passing comments and tidbits from people in the know, because that’s just what the internet does.
Longtime collaborator, G.O.O.D. Music co-architect and ‘Ye muse Malik Yusef recently offered some insight into the new album to Rolling Stone. He likened to a pair of boots:
“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].”
He went on to say that although he and Kanye didn’t exactly see eye to eye on the creative direction of Yeezus, they’re getting along swimmingly during these new sessions and confirmed that ‘Ye does have about 20 songs finished.
Previously: Kanye Played His New Album in Paris Last Night
According to an Instagram post from Theophilus London, Kanye teased his new album at a private event in Paris last night for an audience of about 20 or so people.
The caption on the pic above reads:
So shortly after this picture I Only remember kanye playing his new album 3 times in a dark room of 20 people last night and moshing drunk with mad babes haha. VIBES ALBUM RELEASE PARTY LATER TODAY. Same place same vibe courtesy of @virgilabloh
So to recap, there are at least 20 people in the world that have heard the new ‘Ye album in its entirety. Meanwhile, we don’t even have a confirmed title. #NEWPARIS
Kanye West made a surprise appearance at the inaugural Chicago AAHH! Fest presented by Common and Donda’s House Sunday night.
‘Ye performed “Jesus Walks,” “Power,” “I Don’t Like,” “Mercy,” “Gold Digger,” “Homecoming,” and more. Watch more clips from the show after the jump.
UPDATED with a 22 minute video of ‘Ye’s set below.
This is rap fucking music.
The media has made Kanye have to explain himself in the middle of his final show in Brisbane, Australia. Kanye talks to the crowd in a “random stream of consciousness” rant:
“I’m a married, Christian man with a family”
Kanye talks directly to Matt Lauer, The View and major news organizations for emphasizing on him more than the real issues going on in the world these days, also alluding to Michael Brown & Chicago’s murder rate.
Hear a snippet of Theophilus London’s “Can’t Stop” featuring Kanye West when you pre-order his upcoming LP, Vibes, available on iTunes Brazil.
Vibes arrives October 28 via Warner Bros. Records.
Good news if this sort of thing turns you on: Kanye says we can expect to see his Yeezy III’s (or YEEZi’s, depending on who you ask), which will be his first new shoe since inking a deal with adidas earlier this year, sometime in November. Check out the video above to see him speak on it during a performance in Perth, Australia at around the 2:30 mark. He had previously suggested that they would drop in June, but an adidas rep later corrected that estimate, saying we weren’t likely to see any merchandise until next year. Obviously, it would make alot of financial sense for adidas to get them into stores prior to the holiday shopping season, so I guess we’ll see.
via Sole Collector
Here are Kanye West, Pharrell and YG’s full performances from the second day of Made In America.
Check out Kanye West and J. Cole’s full performances at the 2014 Made In America Festival.