Kanye West reportedly readying new album for summer: Will you buy it?

kanye_westSince Kanye West‘s MTV Awards gaffe last September when he interrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech, he’s basically disappeared. Right before Christmas he made a surprise appearance at his G.O.O.D Music artist Kid Cudi‘s show at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, where he declared that he’d be back in the studio at the top of 2010.

So far he’s spent this year the same way he spent the end of 2009: quietly. Usually seen in magazines and spotted walking the streets of New York, L.A., Paris and London, West hasn’t been photographed in months. Kanye hasn’t released a song and only barely hinted at working on his next album while remembering Alexander McQueen on his blog last month. Recently, though, it’s started looking like he’ll release his next album sooner than later.

Billboard recently reported that West is currently in his “Diamond Head, Hawaii home and recording studio, putting the final touches on his forthcoming album with guest rappers like Q-Tip, RZA and Pete Rock.” Several websites are reporting that it will be called Good Ass Job.

A rep for Kanye says he can’t confirm the album’s release date, title, or status. But if West’s new album is coming soon, are you going to pick it up? Or is it just too soon? Check out our poll below and tell us what you think.


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  • the girl

    TEAM KANYE! Love you and can’t wait for your next album!

    • Nshi

      Amen. There’s always room for Kanye.

  • Phil

    I love Kanye’s production over his bragging raps, but Pete Rock hasn’t produced a hit since the 90’s “T.R.O.Y. (They Reminisce Over You)” . I understand Kanye likes to reach back to a time when hip-hop was more soulful than ringtone ready, but I’m not so certain bout Kanye & Pete Rock creating a current hit…if anything their work more than likely won’t be a pop hit or single.

    • Preston

      I think that doing a song with Pete Rock will be good. I don’t think they’re looking for a hit anyway, they’re into the soulful hip-hop aspect of it.

    • daniel

      Great hip hop albul,s arent about the hits. Name 1 marley marl hit?

    • E

      Bragging raps? lol 99% of hip hop is bragging

  • Rob

    As a person I can’t stand the guy. As an artist he is one the best.

  • S.O.

    Even though it was a total jerk move on Kanye w/ the whole Taylor Swift VMA interruption, I totally agree w/ his statement that Beyonce’s video was way better.

    • Katie G

      Jerk? Yea, probably, but he was also right.
      Not only that, but the whole incident is THE BEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED TO TAYLOR SWIFT!!!!!

      post-Kanyegate Taylor suddennly became the IT girl, showing up on every magazine cover and garnering even more fans/awards.
      It was the best thing to happen to her career, and she should thank Mr. West….

      • Karina

        hahah! omg thats so true!

      • Stacy

        ha ha I 100 percent agree.

      • Ditto

        I said that from day one. I can’t wait for him to give us genius music that the critics CAN’T IGNORE. He deserved a few nods for his LAST album. If “Heartless” wasn’t one of the best songs to come out last year, then my name is Taylor Swift. LET’S GO YEEZY!!!! Can’t wait for you to get back to being the musical genius that you are.

      • Jeremy

        God I couldn’t agree more!

  • Trevor

    Yes I’m going to buy it!! He is my favorite artist!

    • G123G

      Me too

  • Regina

    Hell no! I’ll be saving my $$$ for Michael Lynch and Taylor Hick’s new CDs.

    • Fatima

      Um, neat.

    • ant

      oh thats a joke and u know it

  • Jon

    I’m definitely buying it!!!!! People need to let this Taylor Swift thing go! Yea he can be rude, but the music trumps the attitude. This album will be another classic he’s adding to his already amazing repertoire. People please let this Taylor Swift thing go! It should be about the music and when he drops the singles, we will see!
    Cannot wait!

    • Preston

      I’ve looked past the incident too. Now, I’m ready to hear Kanye West’s new album. It should go back to focusing on his music!

  • H

    it’s time to move on. If people will get past Chris Brown’s abuse of a woman, why can’t we get over Kanye being obnoxious?

    • Maggie25

      That is an excellent point, H.

    • JOHEZE

      4 real!!! the album is gonna kick hard ass just like the rest of his work!!

    • joe smoe

      thing is they havent gotten over CB thing they wont sell his cds he’s switched up his entire style now he’s rapping and is trying to switch to young money juss to repolish his image

  • Gigi

    He didn’t commit a crime (at least not a serious one), cheat on his wife or beat anyone up, so why not?

  • Taylor Swift

    Kanye > Taylor. He is the best aritst of the 2000s cant wait for him to come back. CORNY people need to get over the whole VMA thing honestly he didn’t kill her and she didn’t deserve that award nor any grammy’s. her pity party is over

  • Jon

    I agree with some people on here, Chris Brown abused a woman and was able to make public appearances again and allowed places, what Kanye did isn’t even on that level. There’s picture evidence of what Chris did to Rihanna! come on people.

  • I’m not buying it. Not because I don’t forgive him, just because I think he sucks as an artist.

    • Brandon

      Haha you’re probably a fan of Gucci Mane

      • stephanie

        LOLOLOL.
        and soulja boy.

    • Triple B Chick

      Wow…Its really sad how some ppl these days dont kno real music. Kanye is one of the greats. Don’t hate and step your music game up.

  • YeezyDude

    Everyone is waiting for the album, and once it drops so will everyone be jamming to it. Let the haters hate, and later so will they shut up. Kanye West is going to drop the best rap album of the year!!!

  • Natalie

    I’ve always loved Kanye’s music but I can never bring myself to buy his albums since time and time again he does something that makes him even more of a [insert foul language of your choice]. I just cannot force myself to give this guy any of my money…no matter how genius I think his music is. I wish I could at least remotely like Kanye the person a trillionth as much as I like Kanye the artist. :(

    • seriously? kanye is totally over the top but there’s a good chance his last few indiscretions involved an alcohol problem following the death of his mother. the guy has pretty much fallen off the radar since the taylor swift “debacle” which is more than we can say for folks like chris brown and tiger woods. if you stopped supporting every obnoxious artist out there, you’d have very little to watch, read, or listen to.

    • Well Natalie..

      I will buy 2 to make it up to him. I don’t think he has time for fair weather fans anyway.

  • Jon

    Natalie, seriously? You spend money on other things and give CEOs money that may be doing worse things than Kanye!

    • Michael Scott

      Yeah, she’s only cutting her nose off to spider-face.

      • Nshi

        Yeah, I bet you hire migraine worker.

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