Kanye West has been keeping a relatively low profile in recent months, ever since his mental breakdown and hospitalization and then his PR-disaster meeting with Donald Trump last year. (In Westworld, though, a low profile still means that he’s launched a jewelry line and collaborated with Mary J. Blige in the last few weeks.) West hasn’t been photographed in public in months, and he recently deleted both his Twitter and his Instagram. And now we’re learning that he’s working on new music, but he’s not doing it in any of his usual haunts in Hawaii or Paris or Calabasas. Instead, he’s on a mountaintop in Wyoming.
TMZ reports that West is at work on a new album, and he’s shutting out the rest of the world at a Wyoming retreat. He’s been there for a week now, and he’s already taken a two-week trip there. Of course, it sounds like West is still in the early stages of this, and he can take a long time to record; let’s all remember that The Life Of Pablo took years.
But honestly, how great is this? Can you imagine West’s getting-back-in-touch-with-myself album? Like an 808s & Heartbreak, but one that’s motivated by inner peace rather than spite? Or like West’s take on For Emma, Forever Ago? Then again, given the setting, he could also be making a country album about the persecuted life of a Trump sympathizer. But let’s all stay optimistic.