Kanye West
Could a new album from Kanye West, pictured on Feb. 11, 2016 in New York, be on the way? Getty Images/Dimitrios Kambouris

We’ve heard reports about Kanye West working on new music but now, a report is claiming the “Life of Pablo” rapper may be working on an album.

According to TMZ, since his return home from the hospital, the “Famous” rapper has built a temporary studio in his Bel-Air, California, home. Sources say Kanye is comparing his eight-day hospital stay to his 2002 near-death car crash and his mother’s 2007 death. It was those major life events that led Kanye to create “The College Dropout” and “808s & Heartbreak,” respectively.

It was previously reported the rapper wanted to record while in the hospital and TMZ claims Kanye now has enough material recorded for a new album. If the rapper does release a project in 2017, it would be reminiscent of his earlier album release schedule when he would put out an album every year or two.

If Kanye is working on a new album, it shouldn’t be too surprising. While recording “The College Dropout,” his debut project, the rapper said the album was his medicine. “It would take my mind away from the pain — away from the dental appointments, from my teeth killing, from my mouth being wired shut, from the fact that I looked like I just fought Mike Tyson,” he told Ebony in 2005.

Like “The College Dropout” after his car crash, Kanye said the recording of “808s & Heartbreak” after his mother’s death was therapeutic. The album saw a change in Kanye’ style of music, moving from hip-hop to pop and utilizing the auto-tune effect made famous by T-Pain.

While Kanye hasn’t been seen in public since his hospitalization, we may get to see the rapper in February at the 2017 Grammys. Kanye is nominated for six awards including best rap album and best rap song.