It’s been announced that Diddy is one of many collaborators attached to the project, but asked about the rumors that he’s been named executive producer of Yeezy’s next release, Diddy relented that it was a possibility: “I don’t know yet,” he said. “I’m definitely producing on his album, but I don’t know how it’s going to end up.”
Very few people really do, it seems. Rumors about other artists’ involvement in the album have been swirling since it was announced: Ty Dolla $ign told Billboard that he worked on a track with Rihanna. Other names that have been thrown around include Rick Rubin, Pusha T, Theophilus London, Eminem, Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Paul McCartney and Lana Del Rey. The megastar list became so expansive that even West’s “immaletyoufinish” victim Taylor Swift was questioned at one point. Stirring the pot is Kanye’s ex, Amber Rose, who recently claimed that Travi$ Scott has written songs with West, or perhaps ghostwritten for him.
Kanye has only added fuel to the fire, announcing the album’s name as “So Help Me God,” only to change it up to “Swish” and pushing the release date.
This latest news carries more water, though. In April, it was announced that Kanye was joining Diddy’s crew of super producers, the Hitmen, so it’s entirely possible that Kanye might let the artist formerly known as Puff some hold of the reins.
But Diddy made it clear that it’s Kanye who is the decider. He said, “It’s up to Kanye and how he sees the album going. But we’re definitely working together, producing a lot of records together and having a lot of fun.”