In an interview with Vanity Fair, where he discussed his ambitions for his clothing line, his admiration of Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson, and the reaction to his epic VMAs speech (among other things), Kanye West shared this heartbreaking tidbit regarding his new song “Fade”, and his upcoming album Swish:
We had a couple options and I just thought it sounded good against the people. For the 40 theaters across the globe, for the kids that all went to see it in theaters, I thought they’d be happy to hear some new music. I’ve been doing that [making a new album] too. That’s like a sonic landscape, a two-year painting. That song I played has been a year and a half in the making and it may be still a year from being complete. But it was to let people get a glimpse at the painting.
When asked if Swish was a still a year off, he said: “I’m not sure. I’m not worried about the years. I’m worried about the life and the body of work that I can put out while I’m breathing.”
Despite releasing several new songs in 2015—“Only One”, “All Day”, live previews of “Wolves” and “Fade”—it seems less and less likely that we will be listening to Swish before the year is out.
Revisit Kanye’s 2015 singles below: