Westside Gunn has released his new album Pray for Paris.
The project boasts features from Wale, Joey Badass, Tyler the Creator, Freddie Gibbs, Roc Marciano, Joyce Wrice, Keisha Plum, Cartier A Williams, Boldy James, and Billie Essco. On the production side of things, DJ Premier, Alchemist, Daringer, DJ Muggs, Jay Versace, Tyler, the Creator, and others contributed.
Don’t ever call me a Rapper.. IM AN ARTIST!!!!! I’m diff and I always knew I was diff shit be so over ppl heads some think I’m even trash bc they don’t understand it but that’s wat happens with Rare ART, i can’t help that I’m that dope and u can’t understand it, I don’t have to be the most popular but I’m the most respected I’ve already did the unthinkable, I can easily dumb it down and go platinum but the game has NEVER seen a WESTSIDEGUNN before the way I curate, my ear for production, the way I bring ppl into my world and bring the best out of them TONIGHT is my latest Masterpiece All I ask is that u support real ART, Virgil doing the cover is my Grammy so I already Won, Play this shit on repeat and tell everybody with ears real HIP HOP IS ALIVE!!!!!!! #FLYGOD #GXFR #ICON #MASTERPIECE #ART #FASHION #BUFFALOKIDS #PRAISEBOTH #PRAYFORPARIS #VirgilABLOH #Paris #CULTURE
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Before the album was released, Virgil Abloh played the project on Twitch.
TONIGHT 10pm est./7pm pst. @virgilabloh will be DJing “PRAY FOR PARIS” LIVE ON @Twitch https://t.co/99s0188ezr come celebrate with US as we spin the album and talk about it before it’s released at Midnight for the Culture 🔥🔥🔥— WESTSIDEGUNN (@WESTSIDEGUNN) April 16, 2020
Westside made the album in two days in Paris after he was invited to the French capital by Abloh for his Off-White fashion show.
Listen to Pray for Paris below via Spotify or over on other streaming services like Apple Music.
A few days before dropping the album, Westside revealed that he contracted COVID-19 but has since recovered. "I have a confession to Make I’m a Corona Survivor," Westside wrote on IG. "I didn’t want anybody feeling sorry for me I had to thug it out for weeks I didn’t get to see my kids I went to the hospital feeling like I was breathing my last breath the fans and the love I was getting kept me strong."