Kanye West and Ty Dolla $ign‘s highly anticipated collaborative album, Vultures, is once again at the center of attention as its release date experiences another shift. Initially set for Dec. 15, a representative for Kanye West informed Billboard of the rescheduled release on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31.
This latest delay adds to the intrigue surrounding Vultures, a project that has stirred discussions within the genre due to Kanye West’s controversial remarks and a series of clearance issues. The album’s notable track, “Everybody,” featuring a sample of the Backstreet Boys’ 1999 hit “Backstreet Back,” reportedly faced clearance challenges. Additionally, clearance for the 2018 collaboration “New Body” with Nicki Minaj was denied, as revealed by Minaj during an Instagram Live session.
Minaj’s response to West’s clearance request was unequivocal, stating, “Now regarding Kanye, that train has left the station, OK? No disrespect in any way, I just put out a brand new album. Now why would I put out a song that has been out for three years? Come on guys. You know?” West, addressing the rejection at a Vultures listening party, referenced their past collaboration on “Monster” and asserted his support for Minaj’s career.
The listening party for Vultures also saw Kanye West embark on a lengthy diatribe, dropping names such as Jay-Z, Drake, Travis Scott, and Donald Trump. West highlighted the impact of these figures, suggesting a significant moment for various entities, including Adidas and his wife, Kim.
As fans eagerly anticipate the arrival of Vultures on Dec. 31, the album’s shifting release date and the surrounding controversies contribute to the heightened anticipation for what Kanye West and Ty Dolla $ign have in store for the music scene.