Kanye West has completed work on his new album.
The record comes at an auspicious time, both for its creator and society at large; crafted under the shadow of lockdown, it's also Yeezy's first post-Kim record.
Following on from his gospel endeavours, the record has been the subject of huge speculation, but it seems that Kanye West is - actually, for real - finished working.
Overnight - July 18th - Kanye held a listening party, with details of the album quickly leaking online.
Multiple attendees of the listening party are confirming Kanye West’s new album will feature Baby Keem, Westside Gunn, Lil Baby, Travis Scott, Pusha T & many more pic.twitter.com/ccjvEscb59— STRAPPED! | Hip-Hop/Rap News (@STRAPPEDUS) July 19, 2021
This Kanye x Lil Baby record so crazy. Y’all gon leave that mf on repeat ALL DAY & NIGHT. BABY REALLY A GOAT #Respectfully— Respectfully Justin (@JustinLaboy) July 19, 2021
The initial first-listen verdicts are impressive:
Kanye played me the album and I have to say this one is definitely gonna be one of music! Anyone else on music better be on alert.— grandpa needles (@theneedledrop) July 19, 2021
With the lack of information seeming to stoke the hype:
Kanye’s album rollout so far is a few leaked photos & pulling up to a basketball game for retired athletes with a mask on. And the internet is on fire. Who else, I ask. Who else.— Dissect Podcast (@dissectpodcast) July 19, 2021
Are live performances planned...?
You busy next weekend? @kanyewest— Rolling Loud (@RollingLoud) July 19, 2021
Kanye West has remained quiet over the album roll out - some are reporting it could drop this week, some suggesting we'll have to wait a little longer.