You feel the excitement in the air? That's Yeezy season approaching.
Once it was clear that Yeezus was taking the crown for music in 2013, the music press began chasing every source that might lead to new information on Kanye West's next album. Because West, ever the curator, likes to take the it takes a village approach to his albums (Yeezus had a whopping 26 producers involved), there has been–and will continue to be–a lot of loose talk going around.
So far, nearly 20 self-identified LP7 collaborators have come forward, from recent Yeezy associates like Q-Tip, Rick Rubin, Tyga and Evian Christ, to (hypothetical) first time hook-ups like James Blake, Young Thug, Mike Will Made It, DJ Mustard, James Fauntleroy and French Montana.
Even Kanye himself has gotten in on the action, as early as November of last year. He famously told Power 105.1's The Breakfast Club that his new album would be "[his] Born In The U.S.A." and would sound like Yeezus' more accessible, soul sample-centric tracks, "Blood on the Leaves" and "Bound 2."
On Thursday afternoon, Billboard confirmed West's claim, citing an unnamed source. Erika Ramirez reports for Billboard that "as of two-weeks ago, there's 12 songs on [Kanye's new] album. Out of six heard, it's 'mostly a mixture of soul samples and tamed Yeezus-esque darkness... nothing abrasive.'"
Just last week, West told Italian newspaper La Nazione, that he is “composing a whole album” in Florence called, of course, Made In Florence.