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kanye studioKanye West has been goin hard in the studio working on his much anticipated follow up album.

No title or release date yet but one his music collaborators and G.O.O.D. Music signee Malik Yusef has given some insight into the follow-up to Yeezus, which is due before the year is out.

Yeezus was a hard album to work on because it was a departure from where I wanted to be with our music,” Yusef told Rolling Stone. “Kanye was very declarative in his statement of ‘I don’t want this to be a regular Kanye album. I don’t want this to be what people are familiar with.’”

Yusef explains, don’t expect another Yeezus. “This album is different. It’s like a pair of Timberlands; like how Timberlands are not quite leather and not quite suede. 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 “20 finished songs,” and the recording process has been smoother this time around. “We fought over Yeezus every day,” he said. “There was no friendly disagreements. It was definitely a war. It’s ‘I don’t give a fuck, Malik. It’s a Kanye album, not a Malik Yusef album.’ Kanye’s kicked me off the label eight times.

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