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
ReleasedTBD
Recorded2018
Label
Producer
Ye chronology
Kids See Ghosts
(2018)
Yandhi
(TBA)

Yandhi is the upcoming ninth studio album by American rapper Kanye West. 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 is expected to feature an array of guest artists, including Ty Dolla Sign, 6ix9ine, Rihanna,[7] Kid Cudi, Young Thug,[8] Teyana Taylor, Lauryn Hill,[9] Migos,[10] Nicki Minaj,[11] and posthumous vocals from XXXTentacion.[7]

Background[edit]

In February 2017, 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.[12]

In July and August 2018, West released the non-album singles "XTCY", which was cut from his previous album Ye (2018), and "I Love It", a collaboration with American rapper Lil Pump.

Recording and production[edit]

First recording: Chicago[edit]

West first recorded Yandhi in his hometown of Chicago. On September 11, 2018, West confirmed an upcoming collaboration with American rapper 6ix9ine.[13] Later in September, West shared snippets of new music onto his recently-reactivated Instagram account,[14][15] with indications that he was working with Chance the Rapper, Taylor Bennett, G Herbo, and Ronny J. West also announced that he was working on a collaborative album with Chance titled Good Ass Job.[16][17]

Yandhi was initially 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.[18][19] West's wife Kim Kardashian later announced a rescheduled date of November 23, 2018.[20]

Second recording: Uganda[edit]

West traveled to Uganda in mid-October 2018 to rework and complete the album.[21] On October 14, 2018, West had restarted work on the album in a studio set up in Uganda.[22]

Third recording: Undetermined release date[edit]

Following a Kids See Ghosts performance at Tyler the Creator's Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival, West tweeted that he felt the album wasn't finished, and that he would "announce the release date once it's done", delaying the album indefinitely.[23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Joe Price (30 September 2018). "Kanye West's 'Yandhi' May Be 8 Tracks Long". Complex. Retrieved 22 October 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. ^ a b Peter A. Berry (27 September 2018). "Kanye West's 'Yandhi' Album to Feature XXXTentacion, 6ix9ine and More". XXL. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  8. ^ Mitch Findlay (28 September 2018). "Kanye West's "Yandhi" Will Reportedly Feature Young Thug & Kid Cudi". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  9. ^ Kairi Coe (3 October 2018). "Kanye West and Teyana Taylor Shoot the Video for "We Got Love"". XXL. Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  10. ^ Devin Ch (21 October 2018). "Quavo Confirms That Migos Will Feature On Kanye West's "Yandhi"". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  11. ^ Aaron Williams (24 October 2018). "Kanye West Teases A 'Yandhi' Track With Nicki Minaj Tackling Slut Shaming". Uproxx. Retrieved 25 October 2018.
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ Justin Ivey (September 11, 2018). "Kanye West Confirms Tekashi 6ix9ine Collaboration". HipHopDX. Archived from the original on September 19, 2018. Retrieved September 19, 2018.
  14. ^ 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.
  15. ^ 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.
  16. ^ 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.
  17. ^ 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.
  18. ^ 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).
  19. ^ Kanye West still hasn’t released YANDHI and the people want answers Archived October 1, 2018, at the Wayback Machine., Metro.
  20. ^ West, Kim-Kardashian (October 1, 2018). "Kim Kardashian West's post on Twitter revealing new release". Twitter. Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  21. ^ "Kanye West's 'Yandhi' Album Release Pushed Back, Recording in Africa". TMZ. October 1, 2018. Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  22. ^ "Kanye West Is in Uganda Recording His Album, Returns to Twitter". highsnobiety.com. October 17, 2018.
  23. ^ "ye on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2018-11-13.