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Kanye West’s new album is ‘imminent’, reports say

It would represent his first new music since his car-crash InfoWars appearance

By Joe Goggins

Kanye West at the 2022 BET Awards
West's descent into anti-semitism has been well-documented. (Photo: YouTube).

Kanye West will release a new album “imminently”, according to reports.

A new full-length from the rapper would be his first since Donda in 2021, and moreover would represent his first new music since he removed all doubt about his political allegiances by giving an unhinged interview last December in which he repeatedly proclaimed himself a Nazi.

NBC News cites two sources close to West, who now goes by Ye, in saying that he has been working on new music throughout this past summer. One source claimed to have heard some of the material in the studio, where West’s partner, Bianca Censori, was also present. He has made a number of eyebrow-raising pubic appearances with Censori in her native Italy in recent weeks.

The report quoted the other source, who said: “New music is imminent.” West’s last release was the demo album Donda 2, which was released in February 2022. Since the release of Yeezus in 2013, a record hailed as visionary by critics at the time, West’s artistic output has been increasingly derailed, and his life increasingly subsumed, by a spiral of erratic behaviour including but not limited to the acrimonious collapse of his marriage to Kim Kardashian, his full-throated support of former president Donald Trump and his own bizarre candidacy for the U.S. presidency in 2020, one he has threatened to revive in 2024.

The nadir came last December, when, in an interview with Alex Jones on his far-right conspiracy platform InfoWars, West praised Adolf Hitler, identified as a Nazi and denied the Holocaust. The rant left Jones, who believes that chemicals in the U.S. water supply has resulted in a majority gay American frog population, visibly rattled. 

West has kept a low profile since, in part because he remained suspended from X (formerly Twitter) even after Elon Musk purchased it. His account was eventually reinstated last month, although he has yet to return to the platform. He did, however, join Travis Scott on stage in Rome earlier this month to perform ‘Praise God’ and ‘Can’t Tell Me Nothing’, in an indication that his peers may be willing to stand alongside him as he mounts a musical comeback.