Kanye West said he was done with his new album more than a week ago, but a lot has changed since then. He changed the name from SWISH to WAVES, of course, but more importantly, a steady stream of studio photos and additions to that legal pad tracklist suggest the album has changed substantially too. At least one extra song has been added, opening track “Nina Chop” was renamed “Famous,” and — in what seems to be one big ongoing LA studio party not unlike the Hawaii-based My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy sessions — many, many performers have apparently rolled through to record parts.
Guests including André 3000, Chance The Rapper, Puff Daddy, Earl Sweatshirt, A$AP Rocky, The-Dream, and many more have made an appearance. And now, as XXL points out, it looks like Tyler, The Creator has joined that all-star cast. Last night Kanye’s designer friend Tracey Mills posted a photo of Tyler holding the famous legal pad along with the caption “Wolf gang in the building 🌊🌊🌊 #Waves 2|11|16.” Whether or not Tyler or any of those other guys make it on the project, it seems Ye will have plenty of interesting material to work with. Let’s just hope he doesn’t end up with so many verses to sift through that he decides to push the album back yet again.
The existence of an album release party/fashion show next week at Madison Square Garden suggests something like a firm deadline is in place, but you never know with this guy. In any case, tickets are now on sale for worldwide simulcasts of the WAVES launch event, so get ‘em while they’re hot.
WAVES is out 2/11 on Def Jam.