Yeezus! Has Kanye West's Messiah complex got out of hand? His new album title and an Instagram shot from Kim Kardashian suggest so...
Sunday 19 May 2013
Anyone who believed Kanye West was suffering from a mild messiah complex may have new evidence to back up their claim.
The rapper has named his new album Yeezus, according to the hip-hop website Rap-Up.
An Instagram photo posted by Kim Kardashian, with whom West is expecting a child, appeared to corroborate the claim. It showed a CD cover with the label “Yeezus”, also revealing its June 18 release date.
The album is the much-hyped follow-up to 2010’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, which garnered rave reviews in the music press.
The word ‘Yeezus’ is likely to be a portmanteau of “Yeezy”, the rapper’s nickname, and “Jesus”. The term is thought to have been coined by rapper Kid Cudi.
The title may demonstrate West’s confidence in his new material, but it’s not the first time he’s used religion in his art. Seven years ago, he posed on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine wearing a crown of thorns.
The 35-year-old performed two of the new tracks on the album, New Slaves and Black Skinhead, on the American comedy show Saturday Night Live.
He reportedly played another track, called I Am A God, at the recent Met Gala in New York.
Among the collaborators rumoured to feature on the LP are Odd Future, Skrillex and Frank Ocean.
Daft Punk confirmed they had been working with the musician. Thomas Bangalter, one member of the French house duo, told Mixmag: “The music we worked on with Kanye was super primal and raw and super violent.”
Review: Of Mice and Men
By opportunistic local hoping to exhibit the work
Fans will be hoping the role finally wins him an Oscar
What do gigantic horse heads tell us about Falkirk?
Finnish Postal Service praises the 'self irony and humour' of the drawings
The actor has confessed to his own insecurities
Allotments are the focus of a new reality show
Arts & Ents blogs
The food poverty scandal that shames Britain: Nearly 1m people rely on handouts to eat – and benefit reforms may be to blame
Scottish independence: It is the English who should be on their knees, begging the Scots to vote ‘No’
'Sinful': Video of British Muslims dancing to Pharrell Williams's hit Happy comes under attack
Nigel Farage: I’m taking on the status quo, and the Establishment’s fighting back
Abdullah Deghayes: My son was the martyr of a just cause, says father of British teenager killed in Syria conflict
An open letter to Nigel Farage: you may smile, but I am not seduced
- 1 Easter egg hunt horror as mother finds dead body under deck of house
- 2 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 3 Unbeliebable: The White House offer 'no comment' to anti-Justin Bieber petition
- 4 Loch Ness Monster found on Apple Maps?
- 5 Shropshire criminals ‘using unmanned drones and infrared cameras to find illegal cannabis farms’ – and then steal from the growers