Ye Or Nay? A Timeline Of Kanye West's Promised Albums

Kanye West
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Kanye West

Since the release of his 2004 debut, The College Dropout, Kanye West has put out 10 total albums. He says his latest, Yandhi, is due Sept. 29 -- and the rapper has indicated he’s got even more music that he eventually intends to drop. Here's a brief summary of his (as yet) unfulfilled promises, ordered from the least to most likely to come to fruition.


Before Drake became Yeezy’s rival in a post-“The Story of Adidon” world, the pair were planning a collaborative album. “It was supposed to be called Wolves...we said we was going to do it. He was sending beats back and forth,” West told syndicated morning show The Breakfast Club in 2015.

MORE LIKELY: Cruel Winter

Fans still wonder about this rumored follow-up to G.O.O.D. Music’s roster-spanning compilation, Cruel Summer. Despite 2016 single “Champions,” with Yeezy, Travis Scott, Big Sean, Gucci Mane, 2 Chainz, Yo Gotti, Quavo and Desiigner, there’s no sign yet of a proper release.

EVEN MORE LIKELY: Watch the Throne 2

When West tweeted “throne2 coming soon” on Sept. 8, the announcement inspired more anxiety than excitement, as the status of his friendship with original Watch the Throne collaborator Jay-Z has been uncertain since their falling out in 2016.


In 2003, West announced this as the title to his fourth LP; after his mother’s death, he pivoted to 2008’s 808s & Heartbreak. He teased the title again in 2010, then went with My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Now it’s what he’s calling a promised joint project with Chance the Rapper.

This article originally appeared in the Sept. 29 issue of Billboard.


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