Kanye West pushes 'Yandhi' release to late November, says he'll be recording it in Africa
'Yandhi' was set for a release on September 29 but the release has now been pushed back to November 23 because Kanye West wants to record in Africa
If you were waiting for Kanye West's new album 'Yandhi' to drop last Saturday and noticed that it wasn't available on major streaming services, you're not alone. The fact is that Kanye's second album of the year, the much-hyped follow up to 'ye' which swept the charts earlier this year, did not receive a release at all.
In fact, the release date of the album has been pushed to November 23 and the announcement came from an unlikely source — Kanye's wife, Kim Kardashian-West — who pointed out on Twitter that the album would drop on Black Friday 2018, and that it would be "worth the wait."
Nov 23 Black Friday YANDHI TRUST ME it is worth the wait 😱😘💦💰👑🔥🎥💋👅👏🏼💕😍🔌🤩— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) October 1, 2018
Kanye first teased the project with a Yeezus-like piece of artwork featuring the word “Yandhi,” and the date September 29. Soon after, he confirmed that the album would indeed drop on Sep 29, to coincide with his musical guest appearance on the season 44 premiere of 'Saturday Night Live'.
Kanye himself confirmed the pushback of the date during an appearance on TMZ Live on Monday. During the interview, he also confirmed that he'll be recording the album in Africa. "We have to go to what is known as Africa. I just need to go and find out what it’s really called and just grab the soil and be," Yeezy said in the TMZ interview. "And cook food, five meals a day, so the metabolism stays up. And have my kids in the studio and have the mic in the open so you can hear nature while we’re recording."
Speaking about what one can expect from 'Yandhi', Kanye said that he's incorporating sounds "that you’ve never heard before," and added that the album touches upon "concepts that people don’t talk about."
"We have concepts talking about body-shaming and women being looked down upon for how many people that they slept with. And, you know, it’s just a full Ye album," he said.
"Those five albums that I dropped earlier were like superhero rehabilitation," Kanye said, referring to the string of releases he produced during the 'Wyoming Sessions' earlier this year (including his own album 'ye' and the Kid Cudi collab 'Kids See Ghosts'). "And now the alien Ye is fully back in mode. Off of medication, working out, breathing as much fresh air as possible, thinking, doing, and being himself," he added.
'Yandhi' will mark Kanye's 9th studio album, and the second to drop in 2018. It's currently set for a November 23 release. But, hey, it's Kanye! So expect the unexpected. Always.
Watch Kanye's full interview with TMZ Live below.