Kanye West worked long and hard on his upcoming album, which may or may not still be titled "Waves," but he had a lot of help from those close to him — some of whom are no longer living.
That's right, West, 38, enlisted the creative assistance of a few people from beyond the grave. According to People magazine, the rapper sat down with Big Boy of Real 92.3 on Thursday to discuss his progress. He revealed that he's doing just "two percent of the work" on the album, crediting God with doing the rest. West added special shout outs to his mother, Donda West, and Robert Kardashian Sr. He joked with the radio show host about his would-be father-in-law's career accolades, namely his links to the O.J. Simpson trial.
"He's still doing deals for controversial black people from up in heaven," West said.
West's album will premiere on Feb. 11 with a live performance at New York City's Madison Square Garden. The show will be broadcast via satellite to theaters around the world, allowing fans in various cities, countries and continents to share in the experience. Tickets for the live show went on sale Thursday morning at 10 a.m. EST and, as West noted on Twitter, sold out within minutes. West and his wife, Kim Kardashian, celebrated the upcoming release on the social media site. The "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" star told her followers that showing a collection a MSG is something her husband "has always talked about," adding that she was thrilled to share in his dream come true.
THANK YOU SO MUCH GUYS WE SOLD MADISON SQUARE GARDEN OUT IN 10 MINUTES!!!
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 4, 2016
For years Kanye has always talked about showing his collection at Madison Square Garden! I'm so happy to see his dream become a reality!!!
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) February 4, 2016
The album, West's first since 2013's "Yeezus," was being promoted as "Waves" as of Jan. 26. The new name was just one of many chosen for the project since it was first announced in March 2015. Prior to "Waves" the father of two had intended to call his album "Swish," which he announced in May 2015. The album's first name, however, was "So Help Me God," which many speculate West may have circled back to at the last minute. He has made no mention of a name since Monday when Kim, 35, tweeted a poll about the project's name.
WAIT new poll. Which album title do you like best? @kanyewest
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) February 1, 2016
Tickets for theater showings abroad were released on Monday. The "Real Friends" rapper took to Twitter to share with international fans in 25 different countries that they, too, would be able to participate in the album release excitement. West tweeted a link to a ticketing page on his website, which brought fans to theaters in their area where they could watch the album/Yeezy Season 3 showing via satellite broadcast. At the time little was known about the MSG show, though the Fader projected that tickets would come with a pre-order of West's album, which turned out to be true.
U.S. tickets will be added. Cities are marked on the map already. pic.twitter.com/rQnM9E3Pbi
— TeamKanyeDaily (@TeamKanyeDaily) February 1, 2016