Kanye West fans are living in a state of postponement. This past November, West delayed the release of Yandhi. Again. “After performing again, I realize the new album I’ve been working on isn’t ready yet,” Kanye said on Twitter after taking the stage with Kid Cudi at the Camp Flog Gnaw music festival. “I’ll announced the release date once it’s done. Thank you for understanding.”
Since then, fans have received little to no indication as to when Yandhi would be given an official release date, or if the album even existed. But recently, Kanye has been spotted in South Beach, Miami, doing more than purchasing $14 million dollar condos. Kanye is reportedly in the studio with Lil Wayne, Timbaland, 2 Chainz, and Migos. A huge consolation for those who were devastated at the news of Kanye West cancelling his Coachella set over what?—a dome?
And that’s not all. Kanye debuted new music at his most recent “Sunday Service”—the weekly, international jam sessions the rapper has been heading since 2019 began. The new song, reportedly titled “We’ll Find A Way“, was rendered through gospel music, fit to be heard amongst the other soul-driven renditions of iconic Kanye tracks.
Is “We’ll Find A Way” a gospel track at heart? Fans will have to wait for Yandhi, or perhaps the first official Yandhi singles, to find out. Other West tracks featured during the “Sunday Service” included “Violent Crimes,” “Father Stretch My Hands,” “Lift Yourself,” “I Wonder”, and “Ghost Town”. Check out the full video—with “We’ll Find A Way” coming in at around 27:00—below.
The “Sunday Service” footage finds Kanye exactly where we want him: Joyous. Rejuvenated. Masterfully re-arranging his own work. With the help of a beautifully rehearsed choir and acoustic jam band, Kanye West has reminded us of the universality, the timelessness of his music. Even the lackluster ye tracks come alive during these “Sunday Sessions”, where they have been stripped down to their artistic essence.
Throughout the above video, notable audience members include Kim Kardashian West, and none other than David Letterman. The former talk show host’s presence in the audience confirms the talk of West appearing on an upcoming episode of Netflix’s My Next Guest Needs No Introduction. Hopefully we will get to learn more about West’s process, his personal life, so that we can fortify ourselves to sit tight and wait for the arrival of Yandhi.
Until then, enjoy Yeezy’s Sunday Service, a show that appears to have been a religious experience for those lucky enough to attend.