Yandhi

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Yandhi
Cover art for Yandhi, which features a MiniDisc enclosed in a clear case, sealed off with purple tape
Studio album by Ye
Released November 23, 2018
Recorded 2018
Label
Ye chronology
Kids See Ghosts
(2018)
Yandhi
(2018)

Yandhi is the upcoming ninth studio album by American rapper Kanye West, scheduled for release on November 23, 2018.[1] It was announced by West on his Instagram and Twitter on September 17, 2018.[2] Its minimalist album art, featuring a MiniDisc with purple tape, has been compared to that of West's sixth studio album Yeezus (2013), with speculation that it may be a follow-up to the album.[3][4][5][6]

The album will feature an array of guest artists, including Ty Dolla Sign, 070 Shake, 6ix9ine, Kid Cudi, Young Thug, Rihanna, Tyga, and posthumous vocals from XXXTentacion.

Background[edit]

In February 2015, Rick Rubin, who served as an executive producer for Yeezus, stated that multiple alternative versions of Yeezus existed with many unreleased songs. In August 2017, GOOD Music artist CyHi the Prynce quietly uploaded a Spotify playlist with six inaccessible tracks from an album titled Yeezus 2; this went unnoticed until first reported two months later.[7]

In August and September 2018, West released the non-album singles "XTCY", which was cut from his previous album Ye, and "I Love It", a collaboration with American rapper Lil Pump. On September 11, 2018, West confirmed an upcoming collaboration with American rapper 6ix9ine.[8] Later in September, West shared snippets of new music onto his recently-reactivated Instagram account,[9][10] with indications that he was working with Chance the Rapper, Taylor Bennett, Rhymefest, G Herbo, and Ronny J.[11][12]

Recording and production[edit]

Prior to the rescheduling of the album, West recorded the album in his hometown of Chicago. West will travel to Africa in mid-October 2018 to rework and complete the album.[13]

Release and promotion[edit]

Yandhi was scheduled to be released on September 29, 2018. West was the musical guest for the season 44 premiere of Saturday Night Live.[3] West performed a censored version of "I Love It" alongside Lil Pump, followed by a previously recorded song that was meant to be on K.T.S.E. alongside Teyana Taylor, titled "We Got Love", followed by a closing performance of "Ghost Town" alongside 070 Shake and Kid Cudi. For undisclosed reasons, none of the album's content was introduced or acknowledged and no indication was given of its official release.[14][15] West's wife Kim Kardashian later announced a rescheduled date of November 23, 2018.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b West, Kim-Kardashian (October 1, 2018). "Kim Kardashian West's post on Twitter revealing new release". Twitter. Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  2. ^ West, Kanye (September 17, 2018). "Kanye West's post on Instagram". Instagram. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Sodomsky, Sam; Minsker, Evan (September 18, 2018). "Kanye to Perform on "SNL"". Pitchfork. Archived from the original on September 18, 2018. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  4. ^ "Kanye West is about to release another album 'Yandhi' – a sequel to 'Yeezus'?". NME. September 18, 2018. Archived from the original on September 18, 2018. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  5. ^ "Kanye West Teases New Album "Yandhi" Dropping This Month". HotNewHipHop. September 18, 2018. Archived from the original on September 18, 2018. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  6. ^ "Kanye Announces Release Date for 'Yeezus' Follow-Up 'Yandhi'". Complex. September 17, 2018. Archived from the original on September 18, 2018. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  7. ^ Luke Ballance (November 6, 2017). "CyHi The Prynce's Spotify Account May Offer A Glimpse into Kanye West's Scrapped 'Yeezus 2' Album". Genius. Archived from the original on September 19, 2018. Retrieved September 19, 2018.
  8. ^ Justin Ivey (September 11, 2018). "Kanye West Confirms Tekashi 6ix9ine Collaboration". HipHopDX. Archived from the original on September 19, 2018. Retrieved September 19, 2018.
  9. ^ Jordan Darville (September 14, 2018). "Kanye West shares new music snippet on Instagram". The Fader. Archived from the original on September 19, 2018. Retrieved September 19, 2018.
  10. ^ Alex Zidel (September 14, 2018). "Kanye West Previews New Music on His Instagram Story". Archived from the original on September 19, 2018. Retrieved September 19, 2018.
  11. ^ Bonnie Stiernberg (September 16, 2018). "Kanye West Shares Videos Featuring Rhymefest, Chance The Rapper and Music Snippets in Chicago: Watch". Billboard. Archived from the original on September 20, 2018. Retrieved September 19, 2018.
  12. ^ Chris Mench (September 18, 2018). "Here's Everything We Know About All of Kanye West's Upcoming Albums". Genius. Archived from the original on September 19, 2018. Retrieved September 19, 2018.
  13. ^ "Kanye West's 'Yandhi' Album Release Pushed Back, Recording in Africa". TMZ. October 1, 2018. Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  14. ^ Kanye West tries to distract angry fans from missing album with car turned into giant Yeezy slides Archived October 1, 2018, at the Wayback Machine., Metro (British newspaper).
  15. ^ Kanye West still hasn’t released YANDHI and the people want answers Archived October 1, 2018, at the Wayback Machine., Metro (British newspaper).