Kanye West spotted with producer Rick Rubin at Calabasas office...is this a sign the new album is ready?

There've been rumors that Kanye West has been holed up at a resort in Wyoming for a recording session. Rick Rubin meeting him might mean that the new album is coming soon.

                            Kanye West spotted with producer Rick Rubin at Calabasas office...is this a sign the new album is ready?
Kanye West and Rick Rubin (Getty Images)

Last month, rumors surfaced that Kanye West was holed up at a resort in Wyoming for a mysterious recording session. Now, thanks to a Czech paparazzi site Profimedia, we have further evidence that the Chicago rapper-producer is hard at work on his follow-up to 2016’s 'The Life of Pablo', reports Consequence of Sound.

On Sunday night (April 1), Kanye was spotted meeting with legendary producer Rick Rubin at Kanye’s Calabasas office. The duo was also spotted with a 'family member' of Kanye that fans speculate could be his aunt. 

Rubin's visit to the hip-hop icon's California studio may seem trivial, but as one commenter on Reddit pointed out cheekily, “You don’t bring your aunt to the studio to listen to something half finished. You bring her to the studio to show her your nearly complete masterpiece!

For the uninitiated, Rick Rubin served as the executive producer of Kanye’s last two albums - 'Life of Pablo' and 'Yeezus'. For 2013’s Yeezus, he played a key role in stripping down its sound and reportedly convinced Kanye cut the LP down from its 16 original tracks to the final 10. 

As pointed out by E! News, in mid-March, Kanye and his wife Kim Kardashian West reportedly stayed at the resort town of Jackson, Wyoming for at least a week. They were joined by a number of past Kanye collaborators, including Kid Cudi, Nas, Travis Scott, King Louie, The-Dream, and producer Mike Dean. The report claimed Kanye was working on new music and wanted to drop the material soon.

“Kanye loves to escape to Wyoming to record his music because it is peaceful and he can lock up and really focus on getting tracks done,” an unnamed 'insider' told E! “He thinks by being at the mountains, he doesn’t have many distractions and can have a more clear sense of direction for his music. That is why he usually escapes there when he is in the zone to get things done.”

Kanye previously sought refuge in Wyoming in May 2017. At the time, it was reported that he had spent several weeks at an undisclosed retreat working on music. Last summer, Kanye and Cudi turned up at the Tokyo art studio of Takashi Murakami, leading to speculation of a joint project that never materialized.

Also, G.O.O.D. Music rapper CyHi The Prynce recently claimed Kanye would be serving as the sole producer on the next album of every artist on the label. The last we saw Kanye on stage was after the NBA All Star Weekend in LA, when Yeezy joined Kid Cudi for a surprise performance of the Life of Pablo single “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1.” So it might not be too late before the return of Yeezus.