Kanye West recently spoke with Vanity Fair and confirmed our worst fear in regards to the status of SWISH, his seventh studio album.
While discussing the premiere of "Fade," featuring Ty Dolla $ign and Post Malone, the very song he premiered at his Yeezy Season 2 presentation during New York Fashion Week, Ye said the song was meant to be a teaser for what is to come on the long-awaited LP.
"We had a couple options and I just thought it sounded good against the people. For the 40 theaters across the globe, for the kids that all went to see it in theaters, I thought they’d be happy to hear some new music," he shared. "That’s like a sonic landscape, a two-year painting. That song I played has been a year and a half in the making and it may be still a year from being complete. But it was to let people get a glimpse at the painting."
So while "Fade" might need "a year" to be fully "complete," as far as that "painting" Ye mentions, fans will have to wait some time for its proper unveil. "I’m not sure. I’m not worried about the years. I’m worried about the life and the body of work that I can put out while I’m breathing."
Coincidentally, Ye's comments are similar to Rihanna's recent NME admission about the delay of R8, another one of the year's hugely-anticipated releases. “To me it’s never done until it’s done," the singer, trying on her best Yogi Berra-impression, told NME last week in a brand new cover story. Mr. West is also executive producing the album. “We just have to get back in the studio together... His schedule and mine are totally opposite right now, but I think this month we’ll be back in the studio.”
Whether or not these two are pulling one over on the public, the news of Ye and Rihanna's projects hitting a roadblock is definitely the update fans never wanted.
we never getting that new kanye album :(— Desus Nice (@desusnice) September 24, 2015
On a bright note however, in his chat with VF, Ye did confirm the album title will be SWISH (" It’s currently called SWISH") along with plans for a 2020 presidential run and his admiration for Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson.
"When I run for president, I’d prefer not to run against someone. I would be like “I want to work with you.” As soon as I heard [Ben] Carson speak, I tried for three weeks to get on the phone with him. I was like this is the most brilliant guy. And I think all the people running right now have something that each of the others needs," he said. "But the idea of this separation and this gladiator battle takes away from the main focus that the world needs help and the world needs all the people in a position of power or influence to come together."
As far as that famous speech at the MTV Video Music Awards, Kanye said the following:
"Especially from the six years of this misconception or the six years I went through of “We don’t like Kanye.” And then as soon as I said that, it was like, “Wait a second, we would really be into that, because actually if you think about it, he’s extremely thoughtful. Every time he’s ever gotten in trouble, he was really jumping in front of a bullet for someone else. He’s probably the most honest celebrity that we have.” I didn’t approach that because I thought it would be fun. It wasn’t like, Oh, let’s go rent some jet skis in Hawaii. No, the exact opposite. I sit in clubs and I’m like, Wow, I’ve got five years before I go and run for office and I’ve got a lot of research to do, I’ve got a lot of growing up to do. My dad has two masters degrees. My mom has a PhD, she used to work at Operation PUSH. Somehow the more and more creative I get, the closer and closer I get to who I was as a child. When I was a child, I was holding my mom’s hand at Operation PUSH. I think it’s time. Rap is great.
It’s fun. It’s fun to be a rock star, and I’ll never not be one I guess, but there’ll be a point where I become my mother’s child. With all the things I’ve done that people would consider to be accomplishments, what’s the point where I become the person that Donda and Raymond West raised? My parents’ child."
For more on Kanye West, his plans of Yeezy Season 2, and working with Adidas solely on shoes, head over to Vanity Fair.