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This post originally appeared on Rolling Stone. When Chicago songwriter-rapper-poet Malik Yusef released his 2003 debut album The Great Chicago Fire A Cold Day in Hell, he paired his friend Common with then-fledgling rapper/producer Kanye West on the track Wouldnt You Like to Ride. Since then, Yusef has been a quiet yet essential pa

rt of Wests sound, becoming the second signee to Wests G.O.O.D. Music and picking up multiple Grammys for his work on Wests 2011 hit All of the Lights.

 In July, Yusef released a deconstructed version of his 2009 second album G.O.O.D. Morning, G.O.O.D. Night with extra tracks and additional guest features. Now, hes focused on helping West finish his Yeezus follow-up. Yeezus was a hard album to work on because it was a departure from where I wanted to be with our music, Yusef tells Rolling Stone. Kanye was very declarativ

e in his statement of I dont wan

t this to be a regular Kanye album. I dont want th

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MORE: Kanye West Details New Album, Praises Drake as Most Popular Rapper Asked to describe the new album, Yusef says, This album is different. Its like a pair of Timberlands; like how Timberlands are not quite leather and not quite suede. Its not the smooth, slick Chicago music sound we have right now and its not the ruggedness of just hip-hop hip-hop hip-hop. Were still working like a motherfucker. Weve been all around the world [recording]. MORE: Rolling Stones 50 Greatest Hip-Hop Songs of All Time Yusef would not divulge any titles (You

r favorite title may not even make it on the album), but says that West has 20 finished songs. The musician claims that recording with West this time around has been smoother than Yeezus. We fought over Yeezus every day, he says, laughing. There was no friendly disagreements. It was definitely a war. Its I dont give a fuck, Malik. Its a Kanye album, not a Malik Yusef album. Kanyes kicked me off the label eight times. 

 2020第64期管家婆彩图 MORE: In Pics: 25 Must-Hear Albums for Fall 2014 Last month, musician Theophi

lus London posted a picture of himself and West that indicated hed heard the LP. I only remember Kanye playing his new album three times in a dark room of 20 people last night and moshing drunk with mad babes haha, he wrote. London would later tweet that the album remained unfinished. MORE: Rolling Stones Top 25 Songs of 2014 So Far In July, West told GQ that he hoped to release his new album most likely in September, but no later than the end of the year. I was thinking [the reco

rd] could somehow come out in June, like Yeezus, and just kill it for the summer, he said at the time. But then Im like, I have to work on Adidas and be with my child. A two-minute, lo-fi leak of Wests first single All Day leaked in August, but it was quickly taken down.

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