Longtime Kanye West collaborator, Malik Yusef, opened up to Rolling Stone about his work on Kanye‘s upcoming album. He gave a bit of details about the new project, which doesn’t have a title yet. According to Mailk Yusef, the project isn’t the slick Chicago sound we’re used to hearing right now and it’s not rugged Hip Hop. He has been in and out of the studio with Kanye West day and night, all around the world recording, and says the new LP feels different, like a fresh new pair of Timberlands: “not quite leather, and not quite suede.”
“This album is different. It’s like a pair of Timberlands; like how Timberlands are not quite leather and not quite suede. It’s not the smooth, slick Chicago music sound we have right now and it’s not the ruggedness of just ‘hip-hop hip-hop hip-hop.’ We’re still working like a motherfucker. We’ve been all around the world [recording].”
Yusef would not divulge any titles (“Your favorite title may not even make it on the album”), but says that West has “20 finished songs.” The musician claims that recording with West this time around has been smoother than Yeezus. “We fought over Yeezus every day,” he says, laughing. “There was no friendly disagreements. It was definitely a war. It’s ‘I don’t give a fuck, Malik. It’s a Kanye album, not a Malik Yusef album.’ Kanye’s kicked me off the label eight times.”
Malik Yusef says there are over 20 songs finished, but some may not even make the cut, including “your favorite title,” which may be a hint that Kanye West‘s “All Day” single has been scrapped.
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