Where is Yandhi? Kanye West explains delay with new album, announces new release date

Rapper also attempted to clarify his remark about wanting to abolish the 13th Amendment

Roisin O'Connor
Music Correspondent
Tuesday 02 October 2018 10:44 BST
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Kanye West posted a selfie that showed him wearing his MAGA hat on Instagram
Kanye West posted a selfie that showed him wearing his MAGA hat on Instagram

Kanye West has announced a new release date for his ninth studio album Yandhi, after it failed to materialise on 29 September.

Two days after his controversial appearance on Saturday Night Live, the rapper told TMZ that he "didn't finish" the album in time and had accepted a member of his management's suggestion to push the release back. Yandhi will now be released on 23 November, West said.

"I started incorporating sounds that you never heard before and pushing and having concepts that people don't talk about," he explained of the project. "We have concepts talking about body-shaming and women being looked down upon for how many people that they slept with.

"It's just a full Ye album and those five albums I dropped earlier were like superhero rehabilitation and now the alien Ye is fully back in mode... We're going to Africa in two weeks to record. I felt this energy when I was in Chicago. I felt the roots. We have to go to what is known as Africa."

West also attempted to clarify an Instagram post he made on Sunday 30 September where he called for the 13th Amendment – which abolished slavery – to be abolished itself.

"Abolish was the wrong language," he said. "I misspoke by saying abolish. Amend is the right language... What's beautiful about our Constitution is we can amend it."

He added that the reason he wants to amend the Constitution is so the prison industrial complex, which he described as a form of slavery, can be abolished.

"There's people getting paid eight cents a week working for companies that are privately owned," he said. "A lot of them are first-time offenders. A lot of them are non-violent crimes. And then also, we're not dealing with the mental health and the therapy, because I'm gonna say that, I stand on the majority of people that are in prison there due to a reaction to a situation that they are in."

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