Kanye West’s Yandhi Doesn’t Drop, and His History of Album Delays
by Kristine Sage
5 months ago
The whole music world was shook when Kanye West didn’t drop the much-awaited ‘Yandhi’ album on Saturday. He had teased with September 27, then promised his fans September 29, and then Kim Kardashian used to Twitter to announce that it will be on the 23rd November instead (Black Friday).
Nov 23 Black Friday YANDHI TRUST ME it is worth the wait 😱😘💦💰👑🔥🎥💋👅👏🏼💕😍🔌🤩— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) October 1, 2018
Fans waited the entire day, even organizing listening parties waiting for the album to drop so they can stream it together, constantly refreshing and noticing that it was not available on major streaming services yet. The fact is, the much-hyped album didn’t release at all.
Image: Saturday Night Live
It was also quite surprising to fans that the new release date of the album was made available by an unlikely source––none other than Mrs. West, Kim Kardashian-West. She took to Twitter to announce the news, adding that it would be “worth the wait”.
The Sep 29 Saturday release was supposed to coincide with his musical guest appearance on ‘Saturday Night Live’, where he appeared dressed as a giant Perrier bottle and donning a MAGA hat. He then confirmed the pushback of the date during an appearance on TMZ Live on Monday, where he said he will be recording the album in Africa. “We have to go to what is known as Africa. I just need to go and find out what it’s really called and just grab the soil and be,” Kanye said in the TMZ interview. “And cook food, five meals a day, so the metabolism stays up. And have my kids in the studio and have the mic in the open so you can hear nature while we’re recording.”
He went on to further hype the album up, saying that the five albums he dropped earlier were like “superhero rehabilitation”, whereas this upcoming album is a full Ye album, where is he fully “back in mode”.
Kanye West has always had a history of delayed album releases. In summer 2012, Kanye West’s “Cruel Summer” compilation made fans wait til after summer to pass before they could get it, when he promised it would come in Spring earlier that year.
‘The College Dropout’ in 2004 was supposed to hit the shelves on January 27 of that year, but was pushed back to early February because of some album leaks that Kanye re-worked. ‘Late Registration’ also pushed back a month, with no reasons given for the delay. ‘808s & Heartbreak’ was planned to drop in September, after he performed the lead single “Love Lockdown” at the MTV VMAs, and it wound up hitting on November 24.
‘Graduation’ was one of the super rare cases that Kanye actually got an album out earlier than the announced release date.
This album, “Yandhi” has been pushed back pretty heftily. And Kanye West’s celebrity army (aka his wife, Kim Kardashian) and himself are hyping it up so hard. Is it going to be worth the wait? We’ll just have to wait and see.