At a time when most rappers are dropping surprise releases, Kanye West is refreshingly transparent about his new album, dishing out a ton of information about it and even keeping fans posted on updates and name changes.
Here’s what we know so far:
Waves (stylised as WAVES). The record was until this week called SWISH and originally named So Help Me God. They’re all pretty different in tone, so the album has clearly undergone a number of creative changes. Capricious as Kanye is, I wouldn’t be that surprised if we got another name change before launch.
WAVES comes out through GOOD Music, Roc-A-Fella Records, and Def Jam Recordings on 11 February, 2016.
This isn’t clear yet. He might go straight to streaming services like Kendrick did with To Pimp A Butterfly, make Waves iTunes and physical-only like Adele did with 25, or, probably most likely, put it on iTunes for a couple of days before releasing it to Spotify etc, as Drake has so successfully.
Outside chance he’ll release it on Tidal (imagine!)
He'll also premiere the album in its entirety live at Madison Square Garden, simulcast at cinemas around the world (Vue are running it in the UK).
As per Kanye’s latest tweets:
1. "Nina Chop"
2. "Father Stretch My Hands, Pts. 1 & 2"
4. "High Lights"
5. "30 Hours"
6. "No More Parties in L.A." (featuring Kendrick Lamar)
7. "Fade" (featuring Post Malone and Ty Dolla $ign)
9. "Real Friends" (featuring Ty Dolla $ign)
10. "Wolves" (featuring Sia & Vic Mensa)
11. "Ultra Light Beam"
Respective Drake and Freddie Gibbs collaborators Boi-1da and Madlib worked on the album, along with Cashmere Cat and Sinjin Hawke.
Mike Will Made It said that Yeezy has also been ‘reaching out’ to him for ideas, and expect Yeezus super producer Rick Rubin to have applied some finishing touches.
“No More Parties in LA" - “Give Me My Love" performed by Johnny "Guitar" Watson, "Suzie Thundertussy" performed by Junie Morrison, and "Stand Up and Shout About Love" performed by Larry Graham.
"Fade" - "Can You Feel It" performed by Mr. Fingers, "Deep Inside" performed by Harddrive, and "(I Know) I'm Losing You" performed by Rare Earth.
"Real Friends" - “Friends" performed by Whodini.
Ye tweeted artwork for the release when it was still So Help Me God, but it likely will have changed since the new title. No word on it yet.
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