Fans disappointed, but not surprised as Kanye West delays his album


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Rapper and producer Kanye West appears to be continuing his tradition of announcing album release dates prematurely as his upcoming album, Jesus Is King falls nearly 2 weeks behind its deadline.

The follow-up to 2018’s Ye was initially announced for September 27th, before being delayed to September 29th, and subsequently being delayed indefinitely with no explanation. Fans were disappointed following this news, but for many, West’s lack of adherence to album release dates is nothing new.

West has a history of poor communication, with just 4 of his 14 official projects arriving on time. Those being My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Yeezus, Ye, and the 2018 collaboration with singer Kid Cudi, Kids See Ghosts. 2016’s The Life of Pablo for example was slated to release 531 days before it actually did. With the other albums, Graduation and Watch The Throne being 345 and 209 days late respectively. Adversely, the 2008 release, 808s & Heartbreak came 1 day earlier than its announcement date.

It’s possible that Jesus Is King will join the ranks of YANDHI and Turbografx 16, two projects that were announced, then never released at all, likely being scrapped at some point.

Whether the lateness of these projects is a result of quality assurance, or just West’s incompetence when it comes to proper communication isn’t known, but fans tend to have different interpretations of what the reasoning could be.

Despite the constant delays, as evidenced by West’s several platinum certifications, when the music finally releases, people listen. Whether or not that will ring true for his next release, however, remains to be seen.