Kanye West confirms new album 'Yandhi' is coming Saturday, might feature Chance the Rapper, Young Thug and 6ix9ine
The album's release date coincides with Kanye's musical guest appearance on Saturday Night Live on Sep 29, which marks the premiere of season 44, hosted by Adam Driver.
Last week, Kanye West starting dropping hints all over social media with the word 'Yandhi' appearing in several of his posts, along with pictures of a jewel case similar to that of his 2013 album 'Yeezus'. The posts teased that something would go down on Saturday, 29 September to coincide with Kanye's appearance on Saturday Night Live, which returns for its season 44 premiere.
A portmanteau of the words 'ye' (the title of Kanye's latest LP) and Gandhi, 'Yandhi' was expected to be a thematic sequel to the highly acclaimed 'Yeezus'. Now, proving the rumors and speculation right, the G.O.O.D. Music founder has confirmed that 'Yandhi' will indeed be his ninth album and will drop on Saturday.
“We’re releasing Yandhi Saturday night,” Kanye tweeted on Thursday. “We know it will come in number 2 to my brother Lil Wayne and that’s lovely. The universe needs Ye and Wayne music at the same time.”
we’re releasing Yandhi Saturday night— ye (@kanyewest) September 27, 2018
We know it will come in number 2 to my brother Lil Wayne and that’s lovely
The universe needs Ye and Wayne music at the same time
The reference, of course, is to the much-awaited launch of Lil Wayne's album 'Tha Carter V' which is set to finally be revealed on Thursday night after years of being shelved. It sure does come as a surprise to see Kanye (who we all know puts nobody above Kanye!) concede the No. 1 position to Lil Wayne even before the release date, but perhaps the 'Stronger' rapper is turning over a new leaf.
While no further details about the tracklisting or collaborations have been released, there is much speculation as to who might feature on the new album. The top contender is Chance the Rapper, since Kanye is already working with him on an album together called 'Good Ass Job' (which might also drop this year, making it Kanye's third record of the year).
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Although the potential list of collaborators from G.O.O.D. Music is a long one, other possible features (apart from the G.O.O.D. guys) could include Lil Pump, who recently collaborated with Yeezy on the 'ye' album cut 'I Love It'. Another possible collab could be with 6ix9ine, who was recently seen hanging out with Ye at the studio.
6ix9ine & Kanye West in the studio together pic.twitter.com/lIOBc5TLfn— HIP HOP FACTS (@DailyRapFacts) September 9, 2018
Young Thug might be another guest on the album, considering he recently put out a soft threat at Kanye on Twitter saying "If I'm not on Yandhi, I'm never talking to you ever again." The rapper paid tribute to Kanye on his 2016 mixtape JEFFERY.
But this is Kanye West and one would not be wrong to expect the unexpected. So it wouldn't be a surprise if Kanye went completely solo with no collabs whatsoever. Wouldn't that be something? For now, with just two days left for the album to drop, Kanye is keeping things pretty close to the chest so we'll just have to wait and watch to see what's coming our way.