Kanye West was supposed to release a new album called Yandhi this past Saturday in conjunction with his appearance on Saturday Night Live’s season 44 premiere. During the show, he performed three songs and delivered a post-broadcast speech about support for Donald Trump and his own political ambitions. But no album materialized Saturday night, and two days later the world is still waiting.
According to West’s wife, Kim Kardashian, we’ll be waiting another couple months. A new tweet from Kardashian suggests the album has been pushed back to 11/23, Black Friday, so congrats to all the music bloggers out there who now have to stay up until midnight on Thanksgiving working, only to have Yandhi probably not drop until the next morning or some shit. “TRUST ME it is worth the wait,” Kardashian writes. We’ll see about that.
Nov 23 Black Friday YANDHI TRUST ME it is worth the wait
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) October 1, 2018
When Yandhi does arrive, it will be Kanye’s third full-length album of 2018 following Ye and the Kid Cudi collaboration Kids See Ghosts, which both dropped in June as part of his grand Wyoming offensive. Based on the no-fi packaging and the inflammatory, self-gratifying title gimmick, Yandhi appears to be a sequel of sorts to 2013’s Yeezus.
Based on the rollout, Yandhi at least has that familiar Yeezus agitation going for it. Kanye’s been checking for Trump all year long, and just last week he said he would have preferred the disgraced Louis C.K. as SNL host over Adam Driver. Those weren’t the only alleged abusers he endorsed: Yandhi also features convicted pedophile 6ix9ine and the late XXXTentacion, who was facing a number of charges at the time of his death including kidnapping and beating his pregnant girlfriend. So yes, Kanye’s willfully perverse year has taken some even more objectionable turns.