In between his travels, most recently to Paris for Fashion Week, Kanye West has been in the studio finishing up his new album.
We’ve gotten tibits of info about the project, from an advanced listen at Theophilus London’s VIBES listening party in Paris to a snippet of a single called “All Day,” but one of his G.O.O.D. Music signees offers a lil more info.
While a title and release date remains under wraps, frequent collaborator Malik Yusef spoke to Rolling Stone about Ye’s project, which is due before the year is out.
“Yeezus was a hard album to work on because it was a departure from where I wanted to be with our music,” Yusef said. “Kanye was very declarative in his statement of ‘I don’t want this to be a regular Kanye album. I don’t want this to be what people are familiar with.’
“This album is different,” he continued. 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 motherf*cker. We’ve been all around the world [recording].”
According to Yusef, West has “20 finished songs,” and the recording process has been smoother this time around, compared to Yeezus sessions. “We fought over Yeezus every day,” he said. “There was no friendly disagreements. It was definitely a war. It’s ‘I don’t give a f*ck, Malik. It’s a Kanye album, not a Malik Yusef album.’ Kanye’s kicked me off the label eight times.”