“Yandhi,” Kanye West’s newest album, was scheduled to be released this past weekend. After a possible leak by his production company giving his fans a tease of what is to come, the album never dropped. Fans are losing their minds after being let down again by the rapper, now referred to as “Ye.”
Ye promised his third album of the year “Yandhi” would be released following his appearance on Saturday Night Live, SNL, Sept. 29. However, after searching for it on every music app available and eventually resorting to Youtube, the album is nowhere to be found.
During the show, West was cut from the cameras after giving a rant about freedom and doing what you want from your heart and not from your mind. His tirade occurred in the middle of the chorus of one of his songs saying, “...and nothing hurts anymore I feel kind of free.” West goes on to say that 90 percent of news, rappers, musicians, writers, etc. are liberal so it very easy for the public to see and believe one side of politics. He later tweeted, “there is no such thing as one side. There’s infinite sides.” He also implies that he was bullied backstage for wearing a MAGA (“Make America Great Again”) hat symbolizing to the public his support for President Trump.
After cancelling his tour of “The Life of Pablo” due to mental instability, his very public support of Donald Trump’s ideals to ‘Make America Great Again’, appearing in a red MAGA hat and promising an album drop that never released, fans are not happy with West.
Many fans voiced their reactions on Twitter. “Kanye I took the day off just to here yhandi wtf WHERE IS YHANDI IM LIVID” tweets one user, “I only stayed up this late to listen to YANDHI and all im saying is if i wake up and there’s no album me and @kanyewest officially have beef,” another tweeted. The disappointment even inspired a meme out of the situation, quoting a line from the Hillary Duff movie “A Cinderella Story.” It said, “waiting for you is like waiting for rain in this drought. Useless and disappointing.”
After the solo album “Ye” that came out June 1, West released a duo with Kid Cudi only seven days later on June 8. It was somewhat shocking to fans that only four months later he was planning to release his third album of the year.
This year West has evoked emotions with his Trump-like tweeting--posting a tweet every couple of hours and often back-to-back. He defends his MAGA hat by claiming its significance in bringing jobs to America. The artist additionally defends himself on Twitter about the 13th Amendment, tweeting, “We will provide jobs for all who are free from prisons as we abolish the 13th amendment…the 13th Amendment is slavery in disguise meaning it never ended. We are the solution that heals,” he continues, “not abolish but. let’s amend the 13th amendment. We apply everyone’s opinions to our platform.”
It is interesting to note that since his breakthrough in 2003 on Billboard’s Hot 100 list with his song “Through the Wire” from his album “College Dropout,” he has released 84 songs that have reached the list, and four of those songs have hit number one. However, Ye’s most recent song that has hit the list was from 2015, and he has not had a chart topper since 2012.
Rapper Lil Wayne released an album Sept. 28, and West Tweeted that his album “Yandhi” would “come in number 2 to my brother Lil Wayne.” Lil Wayne has had 137 songs on Billboard’s Hot 100 putting him second behind Drake to have the most Hot 100 songs as a solo artist, trumping even Elvis Presley.
Lil Wayne and Kanye West have been named by Rolling Stone as “two generational talents” that hit the end of an era when rap was at its peak.