Kanye West has been teasing his new album “Vultures” — a collaborative undertaking with R&B singer and producer Ty Dolla $ign — for months. On Tuesday, after a number of setbacks and date adjustments, West as soon as once more doubled down on a recent rollout plan that splits the album’s launch into three volumes, with the primary version slated for Feb. 9.
The second quantity is anticipated to reach on March 8, and the third half ought to comply with on April 5. These dates, naturally, are topic to vary, contemplating West’s historical past of postponements.
This newest announcement got here as part of a video trailer that compiles clips of a burning house, figures disguised in black cloaks, wolves and extra eerie imaging. The video is soundtracked by a reworked model of a beforehand launched title observe.
“Vultures” was initially set to be launched on Jan. 12 whereas the title observe was launched in mid-November. The unique model included strains about West’s problematic historical past of antisemitic conduct (“How am I antisemitic? I simply fucked a Jewish bitch,” he raps on “Vultures”). Only a few weeks later, West was live-streamed at a listening session in Las Vegas delivering a prolonged rant that included additional antisemitic messaging, together with him evaluating himself to Jesus Christ and Hitler. West later uploaded a brief, written apology to the Jewish group on Instagram.
West additionally performed a tough model of the brand new album at a live-streamed listening session in Miami late final 12 months. That model of “Vultures” included a wide range of featured artists together with Kodak Black, Playboi Carti, Chris Brown and Freddie Gibbs, whereas Nicki Minaj appeared on the extremely anticipated completed model of “New Physique.” Minaj has since publicly acknowledged she is not going to approve the discharge of her verse on the tune. West additionally sampled the Backstreet Boys’ 1997 hit “Everyone (Backstreet’s Again)” on a observe known as “Everyone.”
“Vultures” can be West’s first correct album since his 2021 file, “Donda,” which obtained an album of the 12 months nomination on the sixty fourth Grammys. He additionally launched an element two of the undertaking dubbed “Donda 2” nevertheless it was reportedly by no means accomplished and made solely obtainable on his Stem music participant.
Watch the trailer for “Vultures” beneath.