We've known for a little while now that #YEEZYSEASONAPPROACHIN. What we don't know is just about everything else. At least not for sure. Just a couple weeks ago Theophilus London claimed that he attended a party in which Kanyeplayed his new album in its entirety, three times. He later recanted on Twitter, blaming "hypebeast bloggers" for quoting him.
New reports surrounding Kanye's mysterious seventh LP seem to pop up just as often as other rumors unravel. Here are the ones that are still standing...at least for now: Kanye might be working with Lorde. Kanye might have hit up James Blake, Evian Christ, Mike WiLL Made It, DJ Mustard, Q-Tip and Rick Ross to produce. The album might be called Made In Florence. It might be released this autumn (“most likely September,” he recently told GQ. Let's give him some breathing room.). The lead single might be called "All Day" (a demo leaked a few weeks back with a purported tracklist). And now Malik Yusuf, who you might know from his slam verse in The College Dropout’s Jay Z collab "Never Let Me Down", is telling Rolling Stone that Ye has 20 songs finished that might appear on the album. The same 20 “hellish” “dark” and “groundshaking(!)” new songs he performed this summer in London, with Frank Ocean in attendance? Yusuf doesn't say. He probably doesn't know.
This is what he said though:
This album is different. It’s like a pair of Timberlands; like how Timberlands are not quite leather and not quite suede. It’s not the smooth, slick Chicago music sound we have right now and it’s not the ruggedness of just ’hip-hop hip-hop hip-hop.’ We’re still working like a motherfucker. We’ve been all around the world [recording].
Earlier this spring, Billboard quoted an unnamed source saying the new album was "mostly a mixture of soul samples and tamed Yeezus-esque darkness… nothing abrasive." Could that be another way of describing the album's musical Timbaland-ness? Are we still expecting a Born In The U.S.A.? It's hard to tell anymore, but we so excited.