10 Things To Expect From Kanye West’s Next Album
5. The First Version Of The Album Has Already Been Scrapped
There was a first version of the album back when Kanye’s approach was to focus on making “beautiful songs,” as he told GQ. Then in true Kanye West fashion, he changed his mind. The original album was trashed, with the focus now on making things less beautiful. What can that mean? Well, listening to a song like “God Level,” it’s clear that there’s still a dark Yeezus vibe going on, which was less orchestral than his fifth studio album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Perhaps it’ll be a combination of both. One question though: Will that scrapped album ever see the light of day? Can we get some B-sides, Ye?
4. There’s A Whole Pool Of Songs To Swim In
When Kanye West performed in London recently, he started playing songs for the audience as “research.” That’s smart. Why not use a focus group that paid YOU to be there? Apparently, there are twenty songs Kanye is currently sorting through for his eighth album. Whether these songs were previously on his “beautiful songs” version or a part of his “less beautiful” version is still unknown. One thing is for sure, though: if those songs made it past the first round, then that means Ye likes them, which means that maybe, just maybe, we will get a deluxe version of the album. (That would be nice!)
3. Eight Is Great But Twelve Is Better
Originally, Kanye West’s eighth studio album was supposed to have eight songs on it. How appropriate! Now though it appears that Mr. West wants to tack on an additional four songs to make twelve. Makes sense, since eight feels like an EP, despite still abiding by LP length standards. Then again, what happens if every song is like ten minutes long? We’ll just have to wait and see, but just know that there are twelve now and that number can always change. Kanye is just full of surprises.
2. Kanye Is Taking Cues From Beyoncé
Where were you when Beyoncé dropped her self-titled album last year on December 13th? Come on, you know you remember that moment when the clock struck midnight (or 5 AM, or 9 PM, depending on where you live). The point is, the album came unexpectedly, but it caused quite an uproar. Ye is taking Yoncé’s lead and dropping his album with no promotion, too. We do have a target season, though — and that’s fall. It’s looking like September, but Ye has already expressed possibly moving it to October or November, so if it does land in September, it will more than likely be toward the end of the month — when you least expect it.
1. Kim Kardashian Is Kanye West’s Life Coach
You know we saved the best for last: While there’s been no mention if Kim Kardashian is on the project, she could do something! Remember Paula Patton‘s ad libs on Robin Thicke‘s Sex Therapy: The Session? (Never mind, that’s a terrible example, given their current state of marriage.) However, Kanye has expressed that he’s turning to Kim for advice on longevity. This is the first album Kanye West is creating as a married man, and he has his wife offering some tips. He could always just have her sing a little. Remember Kim Kardashian’s hit single “Jam (Turn It Up)”? Okay, maybe not.