The music world has been waiting for new music from Kanye West ever since the release of his last studio album, 2013's Yeezus. Now, after months of rumors and album name changes, Yeezy's latest album is only days away. Here's everything we know about the upcoming release, currently scheduled for Thursday.
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Early hints of a new Kanye album came in July 2014, when the rapper discussed his new project in an interview with GQ. "I was thinking it could somehow come out in June, like Yeezus, and just kill it for the summer. But then I'm like, I have to work on Adidas and be with my child ... I had an idea of the way I wanted to do the album. And then I got a new song that's so good that the album has to be balanced against it."
West rang in 2015 by dropping a new track, "Only One," rumored to be from the upcoming album, on Dec. 31, 2015. He later performed the song, a collaboration with Paul McCartney, at the 2015 Grammys . West slowly rolled out more new music over the following months, including "Wolves" in February 2015 and "All Day," which debuted in March.
More recently, West released "Facts," "Real Friends" and "No More Parties in LA feat. Kendrick Lamar," all of which were uploaded to his Soundcloud and may or may not appear on his new album.
The list of collaborators on West's upcoming album, both confirmed and rumored, includes Earl Sweatshirt, A$AP Rocky, Chance the Rapper, Doug E Fresh, Sia and Kendrick Lamar, among others. In January, West tweeted out a photo of a crowded piece of notepaper which many took to be clues about the new album's track list.
The alleged track list includes:
1. "Nina Chop"
2. "Father Stretch My Hands"
4. "High Lights"
5. "30 Hours"
6. "No More Parties in L.A."
9. "Real Friends"
The title of West's upcoming album has also undergone a long, convoluted journey. The album was originally titled So Help Me God, but that title was scrapped in favor of Swish, which Yeezy announced on Twitter in May. But in January, Kanye tweeted out a change of plans, announcing that the new album would now be titled Waves.
That's the latest official word on the name of his newest album ... except that on Monday, he tweeted out a clue that there may be yet another name change in the works, saying "There may be a new secret album title."
If West's new album drops on Thursday, as Yeezy promised back in January, we won't have to wait much longer to find out what title he settled on. But he seems pretty confident that, once the new album finally arrives, the wait will have been worth it. Yeezy tweeted out in January that Waves (maybe?) would be be "best album of all time."
We're waiting, Kanye.