Kanye West, Turbo Grafx 16
Two weeks after the initial release of The Life of Pablo, on February 14, 2016, Mr. West took to twitter to announce that his next album would be entitled Turbo Grafx 16. Prior to this however, Quavo, of the Migos, posted a photo of himself along with Offset, Vic Mensa, Lil Yachty, and Big Sean, with Ye hiding in the background. In this same picture, you can see Turbo Grafx 16 written on a wall, while Quavo captioned the photo “TURBO.” All of this combined, hints at possible collaborations on the album, but mostly, it just confirms that Ye has definitely been working on his 9th studio album, beyond Kanye’s own affirmations.
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On February 29th, 2016, we got a taste of other possible contributors to the album. Ibn Jasper, Kanye’s longtime barber/circle of trust member, posted a photo which included the likes of Kid Cudi, Plain Pat, and Mike Dean captioned “TURBO GRAFX 16 day 1 #PABLo #MikeDean #CUDi #PlainPat.” Fast forward to just this week, and a very similar collection of people were spotted at studio digs, once again.
The last real udpate on Turbo Grafx 16 however, came in May of this year. We reported on how Ye is “holed up” on a Wyoming mountain top, working on the album.
Based off the information that is publicly available, including photographs and video clips, it’s safe to say that the album has been in the works for over a year and a half. On March 2nd, 2016, Kanye teased his fans with a possible sample that may be used on the album, from a Sufjan Stevens song called “Death With Dignity,” via an image he’d posted on Twitter. He has also stated in previous interviews that he has over 40 songs with Kendrick Lamar and Young Thug, two artists who have extremely different styles.
In the year since the release of The Life Of Pablo, though, Yeezy has been going through it. He’s been in and out of the hospital, dealing with apparent mental health issues, while also dealing with his wife, Kim Kardashian, being the victim of a robbery in Paris. Hopefully Kanye has fully recovered and is doing better – we can only imagine how all his recent trials and tribulations could be turned into eye-opening and relatable music for the masses.