Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West is sitting on a fortune of new tunes after reportedly playing previously unreleased tracks to lucky clubgoers last night (July 6) in London. #WeWantYeezus
While details remain slim, reports claim Mr. West unleashed 20 never-before-heard songs Sunday.
Following his second set at London’s Wireless Festival last night, Kanye reportedly got behind the DJ booth and treated attendees of a private club event to about 20 never-before-heard tracks. While photos and videos were prohibited, a few details have leaked on social media, with one attendee describing the new songs as “dark,” “hellish,” and “ground-shaking.” Should Yeezy attempt to try to one-up Beyoncé by dropping 20 new music videos at the same time, we would not object. (Vulture)
Recently, music mogul Rick Rubin revealed he had linked with West to start looking at pieces for his next studio release.
Rubin previously helped produce the 2013 album ‘Yeezus’ and confirmed that recording on a follow up has begun while chatting to BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe as part of a special interview which will be broadcast in four parts (Monday – Thursday) next week. Rubin discusses his previous time spent with the rapper and also confirms that he is “looking at vocal ideas,” for a new release. Rubin added: “It was just a funny conversation because it was completely normal to him, it’s just the way he works… today, Kanye West is coming in and we’re starting looking at vocal ideas for things for the next album.” (NME)
Some recent reports claimed Kanye’s LP would have some soul vibes embedded into it.
Update: A source says that as of two-weeks ago, there’s 12 songs on the album. Out of six heard, it’s “mostly a mixture of soul samples and tamed ‘Yeezus’-esque darkness… nothing abrasive.” (Billboard)
Back in March, reports suggested West had delayed some touring dates to wrap-up his highly-anticipated LP.
In May, Kanye West was scheduled for a series of tour dates in Australia, but as Roc Nation points out, those dates have now been postponed until September. It’s reportedly due to “unexpected timing requirements” related to West finishing his next album. (Pitchfork)