10 Things To Expect From Kanye West’s Next Album
Kanye West’s seventh album Yeezus was a bit of a game changer, to say the least.
Sure, many found it to be polarizing in its experimental approach, but sonically, Yeezus was something that Kanye had been building up to for years. The Yeezus Tour then made it all come to life, now, it’s like…okay, what’s next?
The internet has been swarming with theories on Ye’s eighth album. Lists (like this one!) have pieced together bits of information coupled with what we, as Kanye fans, can only “hope” to find on the album. This list, however, is #factsonly — err, as far as we know.
Idolator is bringing you the ten things to expect from Kanye West’s upcoming album: From artists he’s working with to sounds that you can expect, we’ve gathered all the intelligence up until now.
Before anything though, let’s get this out of the way: No Kim Kardashian cameo (yet), or even rumors of a North West appearance. (It would be pretty awesome to have either or both on the album, though!) For now, just keep watching the “Bound 2” video. Check out our 10 things to expect after the jump.
10. Location, Location, Location
So, remember when Kanye West recorded his fourth studio album 808s & Heartbreak, and he spent a considerable amount of time in Hawaii with his creative team of writers/producers (like Kid Cudi, for example)? Well, this next album is traveling around the globe. So far, we know that Kanye has recorded parts of the album in Mexico, in Florence, Italy, and in Los Angeles, and particularly Malibu at Shangri-La Studios, Rick Rubin’s studio. (Yes, it’s safe to assume that Rick Rubin will be on the project, but there will be more players. A lot more.)
9. The Players
There are a lot of people working on Kanye West’s next album. While Rick Rubin and Q-Tip have both been revealed as producers on the project, Kanye West has enlisted a whole bunch of people to create with him. Need a list? James Fauntleroy, Gee Roberson, Mike Will Made-It, Malik Yusef, Q-Tip, Rick Rubin, French Montana, Young Thug, Da Internz, Young Chop, James Blake, Symbolic One (S1), Evian Christ, 808 Mafia, DJ Mustard, and Tyga. (So far.) Happy now? If you notice, though, Jay Z is missing. Fear not, because Hov and Ye are still planning that Watch The Throne 2 project at some point.
8. Pop Friendly Or Nah?
Last year, Kanye West spoke with NY station Power 105’s The Breakfast Club about his album. He compared the upcoming project to Bruce Springsteen‘s Born In The U.S.A. What does that even mean? Well, it’s a reference to Springsteen’s history — not some dramatic switch on Ye’s part to patriotism. When Springsteen dropped his album Nebraska, fans were divided — they either loved it or hated it. Then Born In The U.S.A. came right after, and it was widely received; a chart-topping success. So Yeezus was his Nebraska, and this next one will be his Born In The U.S.A. (Hopefully.)
7. But What Will It Sound Like?
It’s hard to even assume at this point what a Kanye West project will even sound like, considering his last few albums have all sounded fundamentally different. That’s an awesome problem for fans to have, since Kanye’s worst enemy appears to be predictability (and the paparazzi). But there is a little bit of a direction, or at least some inkling of something. Producer Evian Christ revealed a little bit of what he’s been cooking for Kanye in his cover story interview for self-titled Magazine. He said the one beat he was working on was like Otis Redding meets Mobb Deep. (Those were email instructions from Kanye, by the way.) We still have no idea what that would even sound like — but it seems awesome.
6. We Have Song Titles And We Have Jay Z
Okay, that last part was misleading, especially since Jay Z wasn’t listed as a potential collaborator. When Kanye West spoke with GQ for his cover story, he mentioned that on a track called “All Day,” he plans to rap like Jay Z. So no Hov, but at least we will have Kanye rapping like Hov. And yes, that means one song title is confirmed: “All Day.” The song “God Level” that was used in Adidas’ FIFA World Cup campaign is rumored to also be a single. There was also a snippet that leaked a few months ago called “Black Bruce Wayne.” Maybe that will be on there too. Knowing Kanye though, he will change up the songs right before he drops the 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.