At the risk of further solidifying the fact that our current reality is terrible, imagine an alternate timeline in which a Yeezus sequel actually happened.
Unfortunately, despite whisperings from noted reducer Rick Rubin and others that a possible Yeezus 2 exists, we were never blessed with an official confirmation or release. But thanks to some G.O.O.D.-affiliated Spotify activity spotted by Genius Monday, we now have a better idea of what Yeezus 2 may look like for those fortunate enough to live in that aforementioned alternate timeline.
A playlist on Cyhi the Prynce's account called "ypm," which first popped up back in August but is only just now catching eyes, features six Kanye West tracks. The playlist notes the tracks' original home as none other than Yeezus 2, and most of the titles are largely indecipherable acronyms. One track, "OO," is possibly a version of the Paul McCartney-assisted "Only One," which saw an official release in 2014 between Yeezus and Pablo eras. Other mystery tracks included on Cyhi's playlist include "333," "MM," "WISI," "W," and "AY." The tracks, of course, are only playable for Cyhi. If you're not Cyhi, you're shit out of luck.
Rubin, whose fourth-quarter involvement with Yeezus is now the stuff of legend, told the Daily Beast shortly after the brilliantly abrasive album's release that there "might be" a second half in the pipeline. "That first day, before he even asked me to work on it, I said, 'Maybe you should make it more concise. Maybe this is two albums. Maybe this is just the first half,'" Rubin recalled, noting that West had originally planned for Yeezus to span 16 tracks. "That was one of the first breakthroughs. Kanye was like, 'That's what I came here today to hear! It could be 10 songs!'"
The number of tracks on Cyhi's newly uncovered playlist? Six.
Yeezus turns five years young next year. Though it's highly unlikely, perhaps we'll get a few of these unreleased tracks as part of some sort of anniversary re-release.