It seems we could hear from Kanye West soon as he has been busy in quarantine, and he may have a new album just around the corner. Less than a year after the release of Jesus is King, cinematographer and director Arthur Jafar revealed that West’s next album is in the works. During a conversation with Michèle Lamy, he revealed that the album is titled God’s Country.
“It’s from his new record, it’s called God’s Country. And this will be like the first single off of it,” he said about an unreleased music video he’s been working on. “I don’t know if I’m supposed to not be announcing it.. it may be spilling the beans… But yeah, it’s from the new record, the forthcoming, I don’t know when the album is coming now but the single maybe sometime next week. Maybe, it’s not definite.”
West’s last album, Jesus is King, dropped in October of last year. He also put out the gospel album, Jesus is Born, on Christmas, although that didn’t feature his vocals.
We could hear something from it as soon as next week.
In an April GQ interview, writer Will Welch described the feeling of West’s next project, which was untitled at the time:
Throughout my two days there, the music engineer, under Kanye’s direction, cues up various versions of new songs from a playlist of 54 tracks. At one point, the engineer plays a beat that has just come in. Kanye hears a horn part he likes at the very end of the track. ‘Give me a two-minute loop where the horns open up at the end,’ West says, ‘and label it ‘Superman.’‘ Other songs are mellow and sweet, with singing and soulful samples.
Welch described a song titled “Washed in Blood” as having “hard drums and Yeezus-like industrial horror noises that consistently shotgun-fires a rapping, dancing, moshing West across the concrete patio like it’s an arena stage.”
Kanye has previously teased a sequel to Jesus is King created in collaboration with Dr. Dre. It’s unclear if Dre is involved in God’s Country or if that’s set to be a separate project. He’s previously stated that all his future music will be Christian-oriented rap.