After releasing The Life of Pablo last year, Kanye West vowed to liberate three albums a year as well as the TLOP follow-up Turbo Grafx 16 in 2016. Before West could deliver on his lofty promise, the cancelation of his Saint Pablo Tour and his hospitalization derailed those plans.
Perhaps in efforts to rebound from a turbulent 2016, West is reportedly working on a new album. Despite minimal information regarding the top-secret project, West’s close collaborators have left a few clues while several tracks leaked over the weekend.
Here’s everything we know regarding ‘Ye’s next potential album:
Pusha T Confirms ‘Ye Is Working on New Album (Feb. 2017)
In February, Pusha T confirmed in a radio interview with 93.9’s The Fam in the Morning Show that Kanye was back in the studio. “‘Ye is working on a new album,” said Pusha before delving into the label’s laundry list of projects for 2017.
Album Hoax Fuels Rumors for New Project (March 2017)
MTV thought they received a gift from the rapper when a mysterious package was sent to their New York offices. The suspicious package arrived in a cardboard box bearing the logo of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab. To make things more puzzling, a VHS tape was found inside the box, alongside a white credit card that read: “NASA, PROJECT-10, KANYE WEST, 8/10, and 772233688.” Stumped by the string of clues, MTV researched the accessories in question and realized they were duped. Kanye’s reps, Def Jam, and even NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, denied any involvement. After MTV originally published the story, they axed it a day later.
West Reportedly Heads to Wyoming to Work on His New Album in the Mountains (May 2017)
After West deleted his Twitter and Instagram, TMZ reported that West took a trip to the mountaintops of Wyoming to soak up inspiration for his new album. The report also stated that he locked himself in the house for a week to diligently work on music without any distractions.
Pusha T Reportedly Visits West in Wyoming to Help Him Find His Creative Voice (May 2017)
After playing an instrumental role in West’s revered project, 2010’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Pusha T reportedly headed to Wyoming to help his G.O.O.D. Music cohort find his “creative groove.” “Pusha T has been visiting. He inspires Kanye to write,” a source told Page Six. “Kanye’s trying to find his creative voice again, and he has people there to help him get, and stay, on track. He’s still a little off and is trying to get himself back,” added another.
Three Unreleased West Songs Featuring A$AP Rocky, Young Thug & Migos Leak (June 2017)
Leaker Music Mafia let loose three unreleased tracks including “Hold Tight,” featuring Young Thug & Migos, “Euro Switch Hands” with A$AP Rocky, and a snippet of “Can U Be,” which first surfaced last year courtesy of Travis Scott’s Instagram.
Def Jam CEO Says Kanye is “Always Working” (June 2017)
In an interview with Variety, Def Jam CEO Steve Bartels spoke on the possibility of Kanye West working on new music. “I don’t know if that’s real or not, I read the same things you do,” Bartels told the magazine in reference to the mountaintop recording sessions. “When we talk we don’t really get down to the granular of where he’s going and how he’s flying there, we keep it much more on a broader level. Kanye is working, that’s been widely reported. He’s always very focused, and our relationship with him is that we always have great respect for him and when he’s ready to do something or talk about something, we’re there for him, we totally support his vision and his focus, and that’s where we leave it. I check in with him from time to time just to see how he’s doing. What’s great about our relationship is that I always know when it’s go time — because he wakes me up. [Laughter].”
On whether new music would arrive this year, Bartels added, “You never know. He’s always working, so maybe so. It’s never something we’re pushing — it’s always led by the creative side.”