It had been all quiet on the Kanye West front, until the controversial rapper took to social media to announce the release of not one but two albums, a solo album on 1 June and a second an album with his on-again, off-again collaborator Kid Cudi, due 8 June, called “Kids See Ghost”.
Kid Cudi was formerly signed to West’s label, GOOD Music, and their most famous collaborations include ‘Welcome to Heartbreak’ and ‘All of the Lights’.
The rapper casually dropped this news through cryptic missives, posting on Twitter, “my album is 7 songs,” followed two minutes later by a date: June 1. He later followed it up with two other updates, writing “ Teyana Taylor June 22nd” and “Pusha T May 25th”, which also appear to be release dates for both GOOD Music artists.
It’s been over a year since Kanye released new music, the last studio album being 2016’s The Life of Pablo. He’d been largely absent from the public eye after cancelling a major tour and a brief hospitalization.
His return to social media already has fans clamouring for new music, building up anticipation for his new projects. He also spoke of writing a book “in real time” and sharing snippets of wisdom to his 16.4 million followers. For example, writing:
“Some people have to work within the existing consciousness while some people can shift the consciousness.”
Historically, Kanye has always favoured an unorthodox album rollout, having debuted new songs from Life of Pablo during a fashion show at Madison Square Garden, and releasing it days later as an exclusive on Jay-Z’s streaming service Tidal.
As for new music, many have speculated producer Rick Rubin’s involvement, after he was seen at Kanye’s offices in Calabasas. Rubin executive produced both of Kanye’s last albums including Life of Pablo and 2013’s Yeezus.
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