Back in March 2016, Kanye West promised the world that he would be releasing three albums every 365 days. Just two years later, he looks to be delivering on his pledge to the people. The 41-year-old is embarking on unchartered territory by crafting two solo LPs in one year, for the first time in his decorated career.
After tackling his ninth studio album with Ye and a joint venture alongside Kid Cudi for Kids See Ghosts in back-to-back weeks during June as part of G.O.O.D. Music’s Wyoming sessions, West quickly shifted focus to his next challenge, with not much time for rest.
Kanye returned to Chicago last month after a prolonged absence from his hometown to work on Chance The Rapper‘s upcoming album. Yeezy seemed to discover some newfound inspiration during his homecoming that reconnected him with many he’d lost touch with since moving to Los Angeles by way of New Jersey.
An eventful Monday (Sept. 17) began with West being tapped as the musical guest for the season 44 opener of Saturday Night Live on Sept. 29. Hours after announcing a collab album titled Good Ass Job in the works with Chance The Rapper at his Open Mike event in Chicago, Ye capped off a memorable night with a cryptic tweet, revealing the release date of his upcoming mystery project, Yandhi (also Sept. 29). The post was accompanied with a photo of a clear CD, prompting Yeezus successor theories.
With more information being unveiled by Kanye every day, here are five things we want to hear from Yandhi.
Finish “80 Degrees” Teased Snippet
Just last week (Sept. 14), West began teasing snippets of unreleased music on his Instagram Story. One clip found Yeezy angelically crooning behind thumping 808s that immediately peaked fans’ ears. The visual aspect sees West going for a joyride in an exotic sports car, cruising throughout the city lights of Chicago after dark.
A nearly two-minute version of the track, speculatively titled “80 Degrees,” which Kanye can be heard warbling throughout, has surfaced online. Oddly, the number 80 also makes an appearance on the blank MiniDisc case Yeezy that tweeted out, and could be the project’s possible cover art. If this is only the rough draft, West will surely put his virtuosity to the test when locking in with his collaborators to meticulously craft a woozy masterpiece.
— B (@tlobrendan) September 14, 2018
Have More Than Seven Songs On the Album
Kanye West forever ingratiated himself with the seven-track album trend that he powered this summer. Abbreviated projects made sense, with Yeezy digging in the crates to chop up every beat from scratch as the producer of five consecutive albums.
Now, West is afforded the opportunity to be selfish with his creative energy for Yandhi. Yeezy should have no choice but to abandon the seven-song appetizer and power forward. If Ye was a sentence, it would contain scrambled points of genius, but wouldn’t make much sense without a period. Remaining concise and organized still should be a priority, as The Life of Pablo‘s commercial success was plagued by an extended track list alongside a botched rollout process. Yeezus provided a happy 10-track medium, where Kanye was ushered by Rick Rubin into more of a minimalist’s approach.
For Young Thug to Make an Appearance
When Ye was initially released, vocal credits didn’t accompany the project, causing mass confusion as to whose voice listeners were hearing. Many believed that Young Thug notched a syrupy appearance at the onset of “Wouldn’t Leave,” but Slime fans were disappointed to find out that was actually Chicago native Jeremih.
Once Thugger got wind of Yeezy’s plans for Yandhi, he made sure to let Kanye know that if he (Thug) wasn’t featured on the project, there would be severe consequences for their friendship going forward: “If I’m not on #YANDHI I’m never talking to u again #OnGod.”
With those sentiments in the stratosphere, we can’t afford to lose a fruitful musical relationship between two of the brightest minds in the industry. The ATL native named a song after Kanye on his JEFFERY album after the pair already had connected on “Highlights” which went on to be an underrated cut from West’s 2016 The Life of Pablo.
— TeamKanyeDaily (@TeamKanyeDaily) August 31, 2018
— Young Thug ? (@youngthug) September 18, 2018
Craft the Proper Anti-Yeezus Sequel
As soon as Kanye unveiled the possible artwork to Yandhi, immediate comparisons were fairly drawn to Yeezus, which featured a blank CD-ROM canvas. Yeezus II rumors have long been in the pipeline, as Rick Rubin confirmed in 2013 that alternate versions of the genre-shifting album exist in verified annotations on Genius. CyHi The Prynce broadcasted access to a Spotify playlist he had that was titled Yeezus 2. By the looks of the song titles, most of the playlist went on to become The Life of Pablo cuts.
If Yeezus saw Kanye as a paragon god-like figure, Yandhi will find Kanye taking on the non-violent and loving qualities of famed Indian activist, Mahatma Gandhi. West never looks to recreate a project or a sound that he’s already accomplished in the past, so don’t expect the aggressive Yeezus vibes here. Now, with his choice of cover art, there should be some form of messaging to bridge the projects together.
Another Yeezus connection, Rick Rubin, is possibly involved with the upcoming effort; Kanye shared that he grabbed dinner with the Def Jam co-founder in Chicago last week (Sept. 10). Rubin played an integral role in steering West’s creative direction for the polarizing futuristic 2013 effort.
The G.O.O.D Music CEO has strongly pushed messages of loving everyone and keeping a positive mindset during his recent streams of consciousness on Twitter. West has discovered new purpose in life as a servant for the world, while killing his former egotistical ways. Kanye even gave Ghandi a shout-out to close out “Yikes” earlier this year. “N—-s been tryna test my Gandhi/Just because I’m dressed like Abercrombie,” he raps.
— Vibe Magazine (@VibeMagazine) June 28, 2013
— Genius (@Genius) November 6, 2017
Launch Into the Next Era Of Kanye West
Every Kanye era has encapsulated exactly where he was creatively at that very point of his life. Over the course of his near-two-decade-long career, West has always kept fans guessing as to what the next project would sound like throughout his labor of love. The 41-year-old may have felt that his Wyoming game plan didn’t connect as well as it should have, as the five projects failed to notch one radio hit and seemed to get buried by the glut of releases from fellow hip-hop heavyweights that followed. West then decided to escape the toxic Los Angeles environment to return home and rediscover himself at 41 in Chicago while launching into the next phase of his career.
On Monday (Sept. 17), Kanye announced that he would be moving back to the Chi full-time and doesn’t plan on leaving ever again. He’s opened up the lines of communication with day ones such as GLC, Consequence, and even hired his first manager, John Monopoly, in the same role over a decade later.
Additionally, Yeezy trekked down to Colombia for a short trip, so expect Chicago to be a major theme on the project, with a South American touch. Yeezy season is unexpectedly upon us once again, but we just hope the father of three is happy.
— JAMESTYLERS (@JamesTylers) September 18, 2018
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— Zaytoven (@zaytovenbeatz) August 30, 2018