Kanye West has revealed that his next album may contain a mere eight songs.
How was your weekend? Good, bad or indifferent?
For Kanye West, it was a little... topsy turvy. A fake news story on satirical website The Daily Currant 'revealed' that the rapper believed himself to be the next Nelson Mandela - sparking fury from onlookers before the truth revealed itself.
In verified news, the hip hop icon is already sketching out his next album. 'Yeezus' will no doubt appear in many Best Of 2013 lists, but Kanye West isn't content to simply stop there.
Taking part in the Art Basel Festival in Miami, the rapper told fans: "I think my next album is going to be eight songs. It’s just reducing down the amount of information that you need. People say a design is the point where you can’t take anything else away. ('Yeezus') was very, very designed. I took a departure from radio and popular music in order to get this seat here. If I hadn’t made Yeezus, I wouldn’t be sitting here with this cool font at Basel right here." (via Rolling Stone)
Elsewhere, Q-Tip has revealed that he could well be in charge of the new record. Speaking to Rap Radar, the Tribe Called Quest kingpin said: "I’m producing Kanye’s new album with Rick Rubin, I’m doin’ that, so that’s coming up."
In a series of tweets Kanye West has strongly denied comparing himself to Mandela, going on to offer a short tribute to the South African statesmen in the process.
"I'd like to address the false stories and noise that have been engineered by the media. Despite recent media reports, I've never said anything to dishonor or trivialize the life or transition of one of the most inspiring leaders. At a young age my mother taught me the importance of his work. Mandela sacrificed his life for the betterment of mankind. Thank you, Mandela, for your life's work and may it serve as a guiding light to illuminate our future. Respect to Mandela, his family and his legacy."
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