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.
Doors are almost open for @KanyeWest’s album listening party in Vegas tonight!
— Photos Of Kanye West (@PhotosOfKanye) July 19, 2021
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/blockquote>
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.