Kanye West is a few weeks deep on work for his new album, and—if a new report from TMZ is accurate—he's currently "holed up" at a retreat in Wyoming finding inspiration. According to TMZ's sources, West has been working from the top of an unnamed mountain for about a week. West also reportedly went to Wyoming two weeks earlier and is said to be "smack in the middle of the creative process."
G.O.O.D. Music artist Cyhi the Prynce stopped by Complex Live last month, discussing West's current work and the status of Cruel Winter. "He's working on his new album," Cyhi said. "I don't know if I was supposed to say that, but nah, he is." As for Cruel Winter, Cyhi said it's coming soon, but he couldn’t offer any specifics.
West's last album, The Life of Pablo, was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America in April . Though widely reported as the first streaming-only album to achieve platinum certification, Billboard argued that The Life of Pablo's on-again/off-again availability for purchase on West's website could complicate that distinction. This year, West has already popped up on singles from Mary J. Blige and G.O.O.D. Music's own Tyga.
West's new album, which may or may not still be entitled Turbo Grafx 16, follows a 2016 that ended with Trump-stained controversy and a brief hospitalization. As we noted in our roundup of the most anticipated albums of this year, the last time West removed himself from the spotlight and made music under intense pressure, the final product turned out to be what many consider his finest work.