CHECK OUT: Details On Kanye West’s Forthcoming Album, As Told By Malik Yusef
As we all wait patiently for Kanye West’s followup to the polarising Yeezus, we’ve definitely been getting the idea that a selective few have had the pleasure of enjoying the as-yet-unnamed album (ex. the lucky crowd that got to hear Kanye play the album multiple times over in France).
One of G.O.O.D. Music’s longest-standing ‘soldiers’, poet/artist/activist/revolutionary Malik Yusef, gave an interesting take on the forthcoming body of work in a recent feature with Rolling Stone, which you can read below:
Asked to describe the new album, Yusef says, “This album is different. It’s like a pair of Timberlands; like how Timberlands are not quite leather and not quite suede. It’s not the smooth, slick Chicago music sound we have right now and it’s not the ruggedness of just ‘hip-hop hip-hop hip-hop.’ We’re still working like a motherf***er. We’ve been all around the world [recording].”
Yusef would not divulge any titles (“Your favorite title may not even make it on the album”), but says that West has “20 finished songs.” The musician claims that recording with West this time around has been smoother than Yeezus. “We fought over Yeezus every day,” he says, laughing. “There was no friendly disagreements. It was definitely a war. It’s ‘I don’t give a f***, Malik. It’s a Kanye album, not a Malik Yusef album.’ Kanye’s kicked me off the label eight times.”
So, basically, Yusef successfully said a lot about whatever Kanye West is creating without actually saying anything at all. Great.