News: Kanye West's New Album Is Dark, Good & Finished [Audio]
Monday, Apr 29, 2013 12:42PM
Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West is reportedly sitting on gold as reports claim the mega hip-hop star's long-awaited untitled solo album is complete.
While details are still scarce, Hot 97 radio personality Peter Rosenberg spilled his guts on the LP reportedly being finished this week.
"I just heard that Def Jam had a listening last week and everyone at the label listened tothe album and loved it," Rosenberg revealed during his morning show broadcast. "I heard it's dark but really good. Yeah, [it's dark and gritty]. I was told it's dark. [2010's My Beautiful] Dark Twisted Fantasy was dark too, I love when Kanye goes to that place." (Hot 97)
A couple months ago, G.O.O.D Music affiliate Malik Yusef revealed some details behind the mystery LP.
He's not the only act to firm up recording plans with West to reporters at the Awards. Longtime collaborator Malik Yusef was also on hand, and he ended up describing his efforts with West akin to "work camps," saying recording can be "tortuous." "He is a perfectionist, obviously. It's harsh," he said, noting that whether they're in Paris or Hawaii, it's a labor. "[West] says no to a hundred things." As to the specifics of sound and scope, Yusef said "I can't talk too much about it. Just remember black music, the black experience. It's a throwback to that era," he said, but "a distillation of what's happening in the modern world." What it won't have is a lot of West singing, or at least not as much singing as he did on 2008's "808s & Heartbreak." "I don't know if we'd ever revisit that amount of singing," Yusef said. (HitFix)
Atlanta singer/producer The-Dream recently revealed his involvement on the solo effort.
"I've been told to zip it," he said. However, he did reveal Kanye West is working on his next album -- and he'll be joining the hip-hop star in Paris to work on it in the coming weeks. And as for his much-talked-about hats? "[Jay-Z] was just digging on me, we do that," he said, defending his on-stage headwear choice. "B had just said, she wanted both of these hats." (Billboard)
Along with the new music news, fans can look forward to seeing Ye appear on next month's "Saturday Night Live" season finale broadcast.
Set your DVRs. Kanye West is closing out "Saturday Night Live" with a bang. The hip-hop icon has been booked as the musical guest for the season finale. "SNL" confirmed the rumors by announcing that Yeezy will perform on the May 18 episode with host Ben Affleck. This marks his fifth time performing on the show. It's unknown what he will perform, but he has been in the studio in Paris working on new material. He was at his label Def Jam earlier this week to play some of his latest work. (Rap-Up)
Check out Peter Rosenberg speaking on the LP: