Kanye West’s ‘Waves’ Is A Headphones Album, According To Swizz Beatz

Carl Williott | February 2, 2016 3:36 pm

Now that Kanye West‘s beef with Wiz Khalifa has been resolved, thanks to Kim Kardashian and Amber Rose taking a selfie together, we can refocus on WAVES. And while we’ve heard versions of several songs that will appear on West’s new album (allegedly out February 11), it’s not really clear what this project will sound like or what direction West is taking it in or who is even on it (everyone on that notebook page?).

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There’s conjecture about it being a return to the more straightforward, soulful hip-hop of West’s first three albums, but now someone actually involved in Waves offered some insight. Producer Swizz Beatz says he worked on “a few tracks” for the LP, and he makes it sound like a classic headphones zone-out album.

Here’s what he told Billboard:

“It’s one of the best albums I heard him produce in a while. It’s a sound that I think is very enjoyable. The sonics and the things that people are gonna hear — I think they should connect to it, like close their eyes [away] from all of the B.S. and think about the music when you listen to the album ’cause it’s a lotta noise outta there. When you’re that popular, there’s gonna be a lot of noise but sometimes, we gotta put the headphones out, get away from that noise and really listen to the craft and I think that he has a great piece of work on his hands.”

According to Kanye, that adds up to the best album of all time, not the album of the year but “album of the life.” All will be answered in just over a week.