While the details on Kanye West’s forthcoming album remain slim, every tidbit that slips through the cracks praises Yeezy’s new work. The latest person to help build anticipation is Def Jam CEO Steve Bartels. In an interview with Billboard, Bartels called Kanye’s “incredible.”
“It sounds incredible. He’s focused, energetic, happy and making unbelievably great music,” he said. “Kanye always wants to make sure that when it actually arrives it’s at the best possible place it could be, that the first song is as big as the last. He’s the absolute bar of perfection in terms of that. I tell him all the time: Some of his previous albums are still testing out in the marketplace as high, if not higher, than when they first came out because the music is still fresh to people.”
Longtime collaborator Malik Yusef also gave the ‘Ye’s new album a striking compliment in a recent interview. Describing the simultaneous smooth and rugged sounds on the upcoming record, Yusef compared the project to a “pair of Timberlands.”
“This album is different. It’s like a pair of Timberlands; like how Timberlands are not quite leather and not quite suede,” he said. “It’s not the smooth, slick Chicago music sound we have right now and it’s not the ruggedness of just ‘hip-hop hip-hop hip-hop.’ We’re still working like a motherfucker. We’ve been all around the world [recording].”
West has yet to set a release date for the album, but according to Theophilus London, it may be coming sooner than we think.