Kanye West album release date: Potential collaborators spotted in Wyoming

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Kanye West on stage during the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards in New York, U.S., August 28, 2016. Reuters/Lucas Jackson

American rapper Kanye West is working on new music that looks set for a 2018 release. Many fans grew more excited about a possible album this year after several notable artists were spotted touching down in Wyoming.

The hype is strong for another album after the artist released “The Life of Pablo” in 2016 featuring singers Rihanna, Chance the Rapper and Kid Cudi. West had also been spotted in Jackson Hole, Wyoming last month, with reports claiming he was there to work for an upcoming album. He was then spotted travelling back and forth between Calabasas and the snowy landscapes.

West reportedly picked Jackson Hole as his recording location. A photo of him sitting with rapper Mos Def found its way on Instagram with a caption saying that 2018 is looking good. Rapper King Louie and singer-songwriter The Dream posted a photo at Jackson Hole airport as well. Famed rappers Mos Def and Kid Cudi, as well as younger artists Pi’erre Bourne and Travis Scott, are also believed to be potential collaborators.

 

2018 is looking good...

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OVO artist PARTYNEXTDOOR has teased that he and West got new music coming out. It is likely to coincide with a possible new West album.

As for rapper Drake’s possible appearance, there are little to no recent pictures of him in Wyoming, but his personal photographer has shared a number of photos and clips. Drake was reportedly overheard during a live gaming session that he had to pack for Wyoming. Fans may expect a contribution from the Canadian rapper on a release.

Aside from a number of celebrities spotted in Wyoming, producer Rick Rubin was recently seen with West heading into the Calabasas office. The former served as executive producer on West’s YEEZUS in 2013 and “The Life of Pablo” three years later.

Fans have grown excited about West’s upcoming album, particularly after Clipse member and GOOD music artist Pusha T's comments in a radio interview in February 2017. Meeting with the hosts of 93.9’s “The Fam in the Morning Show,” the King Push artist said that “‘Ye is working on a new album.”

Def Jam CEO Steve Bartels has also revealed to Variety that “Kanye is working.” West has opted to cancel the remaining dates of “Saint Pablo,” but there were hints that he was looking to get back on the road this year.