Kanye West Recruits Madlib for New Album

Kanye West has reportedly hired plenty of help for his untitled follow-up to 808s & Heartbreak. Everyone from Q-Tip to DJ Premier to Pete Rock to the RZA has been rumored to be working with the Chicago-native, and now another beatmaker has come out of the woodwork to reveal his involvement in ’Ye’s highly anticipated return to rap.

In a recent interview with LA Weekly, underground favorite Madlib shared that West has put aside five of his beats for his upcoming album. Without offering any more details on the collabo, ’Lib simply stated that the MC/producer is a fan of his work—which includes tracks for Mos Def, Erykah Badu, Ghostface Killah, J Dilla, De La Soul and Talib Kweli, among others.

’Ye performed the first single from the project, “Power,” last night at the BET Awards and over the weekend G.O.O.D. Music signee Big Sean tweeted that fans can expect new discs from Kanye, Kid Cudi and himself to drop on September 14. The tweet has since been removed from the XXL Freshman’s account and as of press time reps for both Def Jam and Universal Motown have yet to confirm the date.

[Update: Universal has confirmed that Cudi's Man on the Moon 2: The Legend of the Mr Rager is set for a September 14 release.]

Stay tuned to XXL as more info on Kanyeezy’s new album disc become available. —Elan Mancini

  • Fung

    This nigga should get out da game already. Nigga can’t rap, stick to producing you alcoholic piece of shit.

    • Anonymous

      you are full of shit ye is the best ever

      • seroiusly?

        HAHAHAHAHA. are you on crack? kanye is FAR from the best ever. he doesn’t even crack the top 20!

  • esco702

    WOW Fung you prolly think Wacka Floka is or however you spell this idiots name is hot if you think YE is wack…#stepurgameup

  • DVRSTy

    Fung, you’re one of those dudes that knows nothing about Hip-Hop and but acts like you do. Do your homework. And esco702, this isn’t twitter. No pound sign is needed to tell Fung to STEP HIS GAME UP.

    On another note, I’m actually excited to hear Kanye’s new album (if this is true, of course.). I find it hard to believe that Kanye is willing to lose his electro pop fan base. His new single “Power” is whatevs, and isn’t really as Hip-Hop as i hoped it to be. But then again, Kanye is one crazy douche bag, and his album just might be the shit on Sep. 14th…

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  • Sha

    I’m about to catch some more heat… But fuck it… Flame Thrower 5.0……..

    Kanye is taking a huge gamble with this. And I stress….HUGE….

    I don’t know of many emcees, let alone producers, who would take a multi-million dollar business and put it on the backs of his favorite I-Pod producers.
    Kanye is a beast on production. He came into the game on producing. So it baffles me to see this type of risk.

    People…. This is not an 808 & Heartbreak risk. This is a “IF I GET THIS SHIT WRONG I WILL ALIENATE MY ENTIRE FAN BASE” risk.

    I give much props to Kanye for trying to bring real hip-hop back to the forefront(I guess that’s what he’s doing by giving these cats his album to get some shine). But you’re supposed to get smarter. Not dumber. Didn’t he learn anything from NAS? Just because you get all of those producers lined up, it doesn’t mean it’s going to move units (which is what Kanye wants since he said it wants to be the next Michael Jackson). Nas had the greatest album of all time (creatively) and that shit didn’t move 200k out the gate. To me it is an arrogant move to think one single man (Kanye) can alter the whole movement of hip-hop. If I’ve learned anything, it’s this…. Hip-Hop is faithful to NO ONE! Hip-hop will be on some New York shit one summer and then go over to Canada the next summer. So it is kind of arrogant for any person to try to alter this bitch. She does what she wants.
    But with that said, I applaud Kanye’s vision and grind. He definitely has enough imagination to fill a Harvard creative writing seminar….
    But if he fucks this up, it will be a career ender. And not a ender on a normal level. It will reduce his sales to those of Cappadonna. Especially since he is trying this shit post Taylor Swift.
    Kanye is the shit…. Right or wrong… But this is like going to Vegas with your rent money.

    • kedordu

      WHAT ARE U A DUMMY ? IT DOESNT MEAN HES USING ALL FIVE BEATS FOR THE ALBUM HE’LL PROLLY TAKE ONE . AND THE CUT MIGHT NOT MAKE THE ALBUM EVEN IF HE DOES A SONG .

  • Sha

    I’m about to catch some more heat… But fuck it… Flame Thrower 5.0……..

    Kanye is taking a huge gamble with this. And I stress….HUGE….

    I don’t know of many emcees, let alone producers, who would take a multi-million dollar business and put it on the backs of his favorite I-Pod producers.
    Kanye is a beast on production. He came into the game on producing. So it baffles me to see this type of risk.

    People…. This is not an 808 & Heartbreak risk. This is a “IF I GET THIS SHIT WRONG I WILL ALIENATE MY ENTIRE FAN BASE” risk.

    I give much props to Kanye for trying to bring real hip-hop back to the forefront(I guess that’s what he’s doing by giving these cats his album to get some shine). But you’re supposed to get smarter. Not dumber. Didn’t he learn anything from NAS? Just because you get all of those producers lined up, it doesn’t mean it’s going to move units (which is what Kanye wants since he said it wants to be the next Michael Jackson). Nas had the greatest album of all time (creatively) and that shit didn’t move 200k out the gate. To me it is an arrogant move to think one single man (Kanye) can alter the whole movement of hip-hop. If I’ve learned anything, it’s this…. Hip-Hop is faithful to NO ONE! Hip-hop will be on some New York shit one summer and then go over to Canada the next summer. So it is kind of arrogant for any person to try to alter this bitch. She does what she wants.
    But with that said, I applaud Kanye’s vision and grind. He definitely has enough imagination to fill a Harvard creative writing seminar….
    But if he fucks this up, it will be a career ender. And not a ender on a normal level. It will reduce his sales to those of Cappadonna. Especially since he is trying this shit post Taylor Swift.
    Kanye is the shit…. Right or wrong… But this is like going to Vegas with your rent money..

    • DV8

      somebody has to do it. he proved everybody wrong with the success of 808′s now he will help to re ignite what is considered “real hip hop”

      When someone goes against the grain it will always garner doubt. All I know is Andre 3000 flipped the script and was the driving force behind a diamond album.

      Cant be scared to take chances. The safe thing to do is to stay the same.

  • Sha

    I’m about to catch some more heat… But fuck it… Flame Thrower 5.0……..

    Kanye is taking a huge gamble with this. And I stress….HUGE….

    I don’t know of many emcees, let alone producers, who would take a multi-million dollar business and put it on the backs of his favorite I-Pod producers.
    Kanye is a beast on production. He came into the game on producing. So it baffles me to see this type of risk.

    People…. This is not an 808 & Heartbreak risk. This is a “IF I GET THIS SHIT WRONG I WILL ALIENATE MY ENTIRE FAN BASE” risk.

    I give much props to Kanye for trying to bring real hip-hop back to the forefront(I guess that’s what he’s doing by giving these cats his album to get some shine). But you’re supposed to get smarter. Not dumber. Didn’t he learn anything from NAS? Just because you get all of those producers lined up, it doesn’t mean it’s going to move units (which is what Kanye wants since he said it wants to be the next Michael Jackson). Nas had the greatest album of all time (creatively) and that shit didn’t move 200k out the gate. To me it is an arrogant move to think one single man (Kanye) can alter the whole movement of hip-hop. If I’ve learned anything, it’s this…. Hip-Hop is faithful to NO ONE! Hip-hop will be on some New York shit one summer and then go over to Canada the next summer. So it is kind of arrogant for any person to try to alter this bitch. She does what she wants.
    But with that said, I applaud Kanye’s vision and grind. He definitely has enough imagination to fill a Harvard creative writing seminar….
    But if he fucks this up, it will be a career ender. And not a ender on a normal level. It will reduce his sales to those of Cappadonna. Especially since he is trying this shit post Taylor Swift.
    Kanye is the shit…. Right or wrong… But this is like going to Vegas with your rent money…

  • Anonymous

    he should have put JUICE from chicago ON

  • mendaflesh

    he should have put ol’ boi JUICE from CHIcago ON

  • Q461

    nah i think Kanye knows whats he’s doing, besides he’s gonna be doing some producing on there as well. He’s lined up some of the greatest producers of all time… Power is dope…looking forward to this album…Kanye always brings it

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  • mac

    like ughh em said he was spttin and i wasn’t. hip hop just goes where the spittin is good. and ye’s spittin on all those guest versus hes done since 808 has beeen some GOOD music (run this town, kinda like a big deal), it rawer since his mom died hes not holding back. and i cant wait!

  • MTV

    What Mr. West did on the BET stage was disrespectful, this fellow is what you call a hypocrite.

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    Kanye is the best. Even at successfully taking risks, too.

  • cold

    why all the hate ! yall niggas act like a bunch of jealous bitches

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