hmv's Albums of 2014: Kanye West
Every day throughout January we're going to be previewing 2014's biggest records. Will 2014 bring another record from Kanye West? He seems to think so...
A Little Background…
Rumours are beginning to circle around the man who recently dropped the experimental, more electronic Yeezus that a seventh solo album is in the pipeline. Kanye West, the man behind the G.O.O.D Music collective, survivor of a near-fatal car incident and now father of one, amusingly named daughter, has stepped into the limelight once again, boasting that his Yeezus follow-up could be released as early as summer 2014. Despite aims to produce a Cruel Winter record, probably comprising collaborations with many G.O.O.D Music hotshots, West’s sole intention seems to be the unleashing of a second handsome package, taking the same slant as Yeezus.
West’s most recent, provocatively titled album is critically acclaimed, with Pitchfork having at least three of the full ten songs in its Top 100 Tracks of 2013 alone. Crammed full of big, outlandish, production from Hudson Mohawke, Daft Punk and obligatory assistance from the melancholy, ethereal vocals of Justin Vernon, Yeezus was a tough listen, but seemed to really stick with people as 2013 wore on.
This upcoming release is something still shrouded in mystery as West has only admitted that work has started on the album, through jotting down his "philosophies". Exactly what sort of treat West is preparing remains under speculation, but something similar to his 2013 release should be expected.
What’s It Called?
Despite clearly being no stranger to the spotlight, West is yet to discuss potential titles for his next album, though he has confessed that a total of eight songs would be ideal. A reduction in "the amount of information" fans need is apparently required, as West talks of producing a piece consisting of relevant content, rather than anything full of frivolity. Heaven forbid…
What Will It Sound Like?
West has undergone several interviews now (we say interviews, he mainly just talked at Zane Lowe in an increasingly loud voice), dropping the upcoming album bombshell, hinting in each that the purpose of this next helping will simply be a sequel to the largely successful Yeezus. Though his older fans might seek some unpretentious rap, the sort he was creating in his early days, West has reached a new level and seems keen to exploit his sampling talents, mixing them with electronic synths.
Who’s Producing It? Are There Any Big-Name Guests?
A Tribe Called Quest’s Q-Tip, who collaborated with Mark Ronson a few years previous and assisted production of Watch The Throne, has revealed that he will be teaming up with Def Jam Recordings’ legendary founder, Rick Rubin, to produce West’s next conquest. Rubin aided West with Yeezus, so will sufficiently understand the vision for the next album.
Rubin aided West with Yeezus, and in an interview boldly stated that it could be "two albums"; that perhaps what 2013 saw was merely "the first half". This would corroborate with West’s plans to make this new record a sequel.
Will It Really Come Out This Year? And When?
Kanye West is a busy man; his desire to release an alleged Cruel Winter could still go ahead, though would have to be made rather fast, and a possible Watch the Throne II might also linger on the cards. Whispers of five Yeezus outtakes might be a tad late now, but all of these hearsays make for a hectic schedule for Mr. West, leaving us hopeful that whatever this new album will be, will make it to shelves by the time the sun gets his hat on.