Yeezus 2? Everything We Know About Kanye’s Yandhi Album
Dee Lockett · September 26, 2018 · 3 Minute Read
Wasn’t June so long ago? It’s time to reset, erase the many, many, many, many, many albums Kanye dropped on our heads that month, and start anew. But he’s back already, and it’s like he never even went away: Kanye will soon release his third album of the year — following June’s Ye and Kids See Ghosts (with Kid Cudi) — or, in fact, his sixth, if we’re counting all those other albums he produced (Pusha-T, Nas, Teyana Taylor). Surprise! Yandhi is out September 29. Well, okay, great, but what the hell even is Yandhi? Why is Yandhi? And how scared should you be? Let us guide you through the latest Kanye storm.
Maybe it’s a Yeezus sequel, maybe not.
The rumor that Yandhi is Yeezus 2 isn’t without merit. Its album cover, featuring an image of a MiniDisc, is almost identical to Yeezus’s. Their titles are also both portmanteaus combining Kanye’s nickname, Yeezy, with Biblical and historic paragons of peace: Jesus in the case of Yeezus, Gandhi in the case of Yandhi. Lending further credit to the theory: Kanye has been having dinner with Rick Rubin, for whom he played Yeezus right before its release, ending up drastically overhauling the album at the eleventh hour in response to Rubin’s feedback. Kanye previously promised to release three albums per year, from now on; Yandhi would meet his quota for 2018, and double it if we’re counting his production work. And still, sigh, no Turbo Grafx 16 — whatever that was supposed to be.
It’s a low-key rollout, so far.
Unlike Ye and the other G.O.O.D. Music projects released around it, there’s been little lead-up to Yandhi’s release and also little fuss. He’s given just over a week’s notice — Ye and the rest were announced two months in advance — and seemingly plans to let it drop more like The Life of Pablo dropped (after a few hiccups). For that album, he threw a live listening party at Madison Square Garden — just as he did for more recent projects, in Wyoming and Los Angeles — but ultimately the album didn’t arrive on streaming services until days later, the second he finished performing on Saturday Night Live. Once again, Kanye plans to release the album on the day he’s set to return to SNL, though beyond that it’s unclear how it will be timed. (Note that Childish Gambino also simultaneously released the video for “This Is America” while debuting the song on SNL.) Ye didn’t get any singles, though it appears Yandhi might have already … and we just didn’t know it.
KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) September 17, 2018
Kanye has also been teasing snippets of new songs on Instagram — in vlog-style videos of his time in Chicago — which may or not be from this album. It’s unclear if any of the above will be on the album either, but they are an indication of where he’s creatively at.
new music on ye’s story? 👀
B (@tlobrendan) September 14, 2018
just brought out at and he announced he’s moving back to Chicago FOR GOOD 😭🔥🗣
JAMESTYLERS (@JamesTylers) September 18, 2018
Para mí como caleño es un orgullo que artistas extranjeros de la talla de vengan a Cali y conozcan nuestra cultura, la cultura del Pacífico colombiano, y se den cuenta de que esta región es una región con seres humanos buenos y talentosos que trabajan duro y progresan.
Maurice Armitage (@MauriceArmitage) September 13, 2018
Young Thug definitely wants to be involved.
And what better way to get your way than with a threat. Kanye reportedly played their latest collaboration backstage at J. Cole’s tour, for which Thug is an opener.
If I’m not on I’m never talking to u again
Young Thug ひ (@youngthug) September 18, 2018
In w these guys today! NEW W A V E S Coming entire new sounds 🙏🏾
Zaytoven (@zaytovenbeatz) August 30, 2018
It’s not the only album he’s working on.
Simultaneously, Kanye has been working with Chance the Rapper on their joint album Good Ass Job (which was the working title for the project that eventually became My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy). The two officially announced the joint effort on September 17 after teasing it for weeks.
Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) September 18, 2018
throne2 coming soon
KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) September 8, 2018