- 02 Oct 18
The ever-divisive star hopes a trip overseas will provide the necessary inspiration.
The seemingly constant news fixture of Kanye West has admitted that the originally proposed release date for his upcoming album Yandhi was premature, revealing that he's still yet to finish the record. The inimitable rapper had initially planned for his ninth studio album to drop last Saturday (September 29th), tweeting that it was necessary for new music from him and Lil Wayne - whose long-awaited Tha Carter V was released on Friday - to come at the same time.
we’re releasing Yandhi Saturday night
We know it will come in number 2 to my brother Lil Wayne and that’s lovely
The universe needs Ye and Wayne music at the same time
— ye (@kanyewest) September 27, 2018
However, Kanye told TMZ "I didn't finish it (the album)", and last night his wife Kim Kardashian took to Twitter to confirm that the updated release date for Yandhi is Black Friday, which takes place on November 23rd.
Nov 23 Black Friday YANDHI TRUST ME it is worth the wait 😱😘💦💰👑🔥🎥💋👅👏🏼💕😍🔌🤩
— Kim Kardashian (@KimKardashian) October 1, 2018
The Yeezy designer elaborated further on the delay to the media outlet, confirming that the new date will follow a trip to Africa which will serve as inspiration for him to put the finishing touches to the album.
"We have to go to what is known as Africa," he said, before adding that he wants to "have my kids in the studio and have my mic in the open, so you can hear nature while we're recording.
We're going to bring out the album on what is known as Black Friday on November 23, and I'm just so happy about what is happening."
2018 has been a productive year already thus far for the Chicago native in terms of recording and producing music, having released his own solo album Ye in June, followed by the collaborative project Kids See Ghosts with Kid Cudi as well as producing albums for Nas, Pusha T and Teyana Taylor.
"It’s just a full Ye album," said West of Yandi, the cover art of which bears a resemblance to his 2013 release Yeezus. "Those five albums that I dropped earlier were like superhero rehabilitation."
The realigning of his focus to centre around producing music may come at a welcome time for Kanye, who once again courted widespread controversy as a result of his appearance on Saturday Night Live last weekend, on what was supposed to be the day of Yandhi's release. After having performed "I Love It" and "We Got Love", the rapper yet again donned a red MAGA (Make America Great Again) hat in another show of support for the also controversial US President Donald Trump for his rendition of "Ghost Town".
West then followed this up by going on a lengthy monologue - that didn't make it to air but still appeared online - where he addressed his endorsement of Trump and more.
"So many times I talk to a white person and they say, ‘How could you like Trump, he’s racist?’ Well, if I was concerned about racism, I would have moved out of America a long time ago," he said in response to the criticism, a move which has since failed to quell any of the backlash against him for his recent comments.