All You Need to Know About Kanye Making ‘Waves’

All You Need to Know About Kanye Making ‘Waves’

Kanye West issued his final album title change last night: Waves splashes down February 11

by Alex Titus, January 27, 2016

Comments
All You Need to Know About Kanye Making ‘Waves’

The Grammy Awards normally holds the title of music’s biggest night, but this year the crown belongs to the Louis Vuitton Don himself. Fans of Kanye West have only 15 more days until he answers their much needed prayers through his latest musical masterpiece. His newest album, or “album of the life” as he calls it, Waves is slated to be released February 11.

Ironically, that day happens to mark the first day of New York Fashion Week, so Kanye may kill two birds with one stone. The MC-turned-designer will be performing Waves and debuting his Yeezy Season 3 collection simultaneously at Madison Square Garden. There, Kanye will stream his live debut performance into movie theaters around the world.



TITLE: WAVES

Waves, originally titled So Help Me God, has swapped names so many times that fans were starting to become confused. Last night, Kanye updated everyone on Twitter that he was once again changing titles, from Swish (announced last May) to Waves, and already in true Kanye fashion, tweets of backlash from fans multiplied, but it might’ve been because of a different reason.

Following his announcement, rapper Wiz Khalifa tweeted his disapproval towards Kanye’s new title in defense of Max B, the incarnated rapper who originated the term “wavy.” “Max B is the wavy one. He created the wave. There is no wave without him.” Wiz continues, “He’s the reason I sing all my songs. That’s the wave. If there’s nothing with that sound. IT’S NOT WAVY.”  

Kanye then shouted Max B out, but it was apparent Wiz still didn’t care for Kanye inching into Max B’s territory. 

COLLABORATIONS + GOOD FRIDAYS

From collaborating with pop divas like Rihanna, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and Beyoncé to trading verses with fellow contemporaries like Common and Jay Z, Kanye always works with artists who match his desire to make GOOD music. (See what I did there?) For Waves, he’s enlisted Australian pop star Sia and rapper Vic Mensa on “Wolves,” produced by Cashmere Cat. He debuted the song at his Adidas presentation during Fashion Week last year.

In addition, Ye recruited rap newbie Post Malone and Ty Dolla $ign on “Fade.” He kept Ty on for Waves’ official first single, the Whodini-sampling “Real Friends,” which wifey Kim Kardashian announced via Twitter for the return of his infamous GOOD Fridays (weekly free music giveaways promoting Kanye’s upcoming projects). Last week, Kanye used GOOD Fridays to usher in the Madib- produced “No More Parties in L.A.” featuring Kendrick Lamar.

Kanye’s collaboration with Paul McCartney and Rihanna on last year’s top-five hit “FourFiveSeconds,” and the current Grammy-nominated “All Day” (featuring McCartney, Allan Kingdom and Theophilus London), along with the recently leaked track “Facts,” have not made the album.

PRODUCTION

Although Kanye revealed the Waves track listing, names of producers have been kept under wraps. The only two producers officially named thus far are Rick Rubin and Havoc from Mobb Deep. From the sounds of things, it seems Mr. West is going back to basics this time around, ditching all the Auto-Tune vocal processors and Roland TR-808 beats he first discovered for 808s & Heartbreak. He seems to be slowly inching back to gutter beats infused with sweet gospel hymn, doo-wop-infused elements, his trademark sound when the world first fell in love with him on his debut, The College Dropout.

TRACKLIST

1. “Nina Chop”

2. “Father Stretch My Hands”

3. “Waves”

4. “High Lights”

5. “30 Hours”

6. “No More Parties in L.A.” (feat. Kendrick Lamar)

7. “Fade” (feat. Post Malone and Ty Dolla $ign)

8. “FML”

9. “Real Friends” (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)

10. “Wolves” (feat. Sia and Vic Mensa) 

TWITTER

The MC has unapologetically taken to Twitter on several occasions to keep us posted on Waves.

Hmmm… could he possibly be dropping hints about Diddy, 50 Cent, Q-Tip and Jay Z?

Kanye’s eight album Waves will be available for purchase on February 11. American Express cardholder presale tickets for the Yeezy Season 3 show at Madison Square Garden are available through Ticketmaster today. Venue presale starts January 28, and general public tickets will be available January 29.





Comments
 
Stay in the Know
Sign up for the Ebony Newsletter