It’s no Detox, but to some hip-hop fans, Kanye West’s upcoming album Swish (formerly titled So Help Me God) has been a long time coming. As 2015 passed by, many began to wonder if the project had been pushed back indefinitely; however, the rapper put these worries to rest Friday evening with a simple tweet:
Swish February 11 16
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) January 9, 2016
Fans have been waiting a little over a year now for the Chicago rapper’s seventh studio album, and with the release date suddenly so close, the hype train has taken off at full speed. The tracklist hasn’t been dropped yet, but according to Kanye’s wife, Kim Kardashian, the artist may be releasing a new song every Friday leading up to Swish‘s release, much like he did for his 2010 album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy with what he called “G.O.O.D Fridays.”
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) January 8, 2016
West has been steadily releasing singles since December 31, 2014, including Only One, All Day, FourFiveSeconds with Rihanna and Paul McCartney, and Facts, all of which are rumoured to be featured on the approaching album. Additionally, Wolves was debuted at the artist’s first ‘Yeezy Season’ fashion show, cited as a possible opening track for Swish.
G.O.O.D Fridays commenced strongly, if a little shaky, with Kanye tweeting a song called “Real Friends” before re-uploading it an hour later because “he wasn’t satisfied with the sound quality.” The upload also contained a small cut of another new track with Kendrick Lamar called “No More Parties in LA.”
Listen to it here:
With his previous album, Yeezus, being so divisive among fans, it will be interesting to see how this new album is received. Personally I think “Real Friends” is a great track with production reminiscent of Kanye’s older material, and the singles put out so far by West are not bad either. Maybe that’s why the anticipation for this album has been so high; people are just excited to like Kanye again.
Regardless, it looks to be quite promising, but it’s hard to say for sure just yet. After being teased with a Kendrick Lamar collaboration, I’m just excited to see who else will be featured.
The big news came shortly after West announced he will be part of the lineup for the 2016 Governors Ball in June, headlining the three-day New York City music festival alongside acts like Beck, The Killers, and The Strokes.