Kanye West just revealed a major hint about his plans to tour following the February release of his latest album, “The Life of Pablo.” The Grammy Award winner appeared on Steve Harvey’s morning radio show where he was asked what he had up his bedazzled Balmain sleeves.
West, 38, assured Harvey that while he has not yet made an official announcement about a tour, he’s been making plans behind the scenes. The “Famous” rapper reminded listeners that his “tour game” is unparalleled before revealing that he will likely be hitting the road in the fall. The father of two shared a few more details about the tour, but appeared to have high expectations for the viewer takeaway.
“My tour game is strong. My tour game is unprecedented. We’re gonna go out in September, I believe,” he said. “We’re working on the ideas now. I’m trying to inspire these kids the way Disney inspired me, the way I saw the original ‘Star Wars.’ Everybody know, they know, the people that run Hollywood know! They know what it is!”
Since being released, “The Life of Pablo” has earned itself a No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 list. Many feared West’s unconventional rollout — which included making his seventh studio album available for streaming only for nearly two months— may affect sales figures. Much to the surprise of his doubters, West reportedly moved nearly 94,000 albums. Billboard reported that 70 percent of that figure came from streaming while a mere 28,000 were from sales.
“The Life of Pablo” was first released on Feb. 13. The album was available only on Tidal, where West initially assured fans it would stay. He later changed his tune after weeks of tweaking his masterpiece. The project hit other streaming sites and iTunes on April 1.
If West does, in fact, set out on tour in September it will be his first stretch of shows since the “Yeezus” tour. West hit the road in October 2013 — more than three months after the release of his controversial album “Yeezus.” Much like “The Life of Pablo,” West’s sixth musical release faced sales issues, selling fewer than 700,000 by January 2014. The album went platinum despite low sales and the “Yeezus” tour rolled on hitting 53 shows, drawing in crowds from across the country.
No further details are available about West’s tour plans. It remains unclear when he plans to release ticket information or tour dates.