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Kanye West Says He's Put His Album On Hold to Finish Recording in 'What is Known as Africa'

Can we just leave "Africa" out of this?

In case you weren't aware, "sunken place" dweller, Kanye West was supposed to release his forthcoming album Yandhi over the weekend, but much like his sense of reasoning, the album is no where to be found.

This sudden delay caused misguided stans fans to speculate about what had happened, but today Kanye himself revealed the reasoning behind the album's postponement: he's going to Africa to finish recording. The rapper visited TMZ on Monday, where he shared his plans to visit "Africa" in two weeks—of course Kanye would be one of those people who fail to specify which country—in order to finish recording the album.

"He wants to draw inspiration from the earth there," TMZ quoted Kanye as saying. "I felt this energy when I was in Chicago," Kanye says, "I felt the roots. But we have to go to what is known as Africa. I just need to go, to find out what it's really called, and just grab the soil."


READ: Dear Kanye, Why Stop at Slavery. Let's Talk About How South Africans Chose Apartheid.

Needless to say, this is troubling.

We're almost positive that no matter what Africa is "really called" Kanye ain't got the answers. He should most definitely leave whatever African "soil" he's speaking of alone—it's probably better off that way. Also the statement about the soil is giving us Umar Johnson-esque hotep vibes. Not to mention, Kanye's recent comments surrounding racism and slavery show a willful ignorance towards the unique struggles of black people—he unapologetically supports a president who thinks African countries are "shit holes." During his appearance on SNL, the artist claimed that if he were concerned about racism "he would've left America a long time ago." With such an astoundingly warped worldview, it's hard to identify how his trip would benefit anyone other than himself (which is probably the point). It's clear that "the place known as Africa" will gain absolutely nothing from a visit from Kanye West.

Perhaps the most glaring reason why Kanye should keep his bad energy far away from the continent, though, is that he's already proven himself to be painfully insensitive about African history. His trivialization of a 1995 photo taken at a Rwandan refugee camp, which he used as both the invitation and "theme" for his 2016 Yeezy Season 3 fashion show, tell us pretty much all we need to know about how Kanye West regards African life. In 2018, it's not even the least bit surprising that the same man who thought it appropriate to make a fashion statement out of people's suffering would also think that chattel slavery was a choice.

Kanye sampled Kenyan artists Ayub Ogada and James Mbarack Achieng 1976 record "Kothbiro" on the song "Yikes" from his last album "Ye" without their knowledge—though the two are credited on the song.

Last month, Kanye sent out a tweet with the African continent emoji surrounded by two crescent moons. While we tried our best to ignore this sign, it appears it might have been alluding to his upcoming trip. So there's that.

Yandhi is now set to drop on November 23, presumably after Kanye has finished toiling with African soil.

Photos by David Pattinson.

First Look: This New Collection from Art Comes First Is Peak Black Yeehaw Aesthetic

The design and brand consultant duo previews the SS20 collection displayed during their residency at The Mandrake Hotel in Paris.

Following their wavy Surf Afrika collection, Art Comes First (ACF) shares with us a preview of their SS20 collection that is all things Black Yeehaw Aesthetic.

Dubbed El Charro Negro, the collection features neutral colors and an array of textures—from leather, embroidery, fringed denim and ponchos, to vests, suede jackets and straight flyness.

Sam Lambert and Shaka Maidoh of ACF are known as the "Travelling Tailors" where their ventures around the world influence their designs. This time the nomads, who hail from the West Indies, Ghana and Angola respectively, have landed in Paris.

Earlier this month, ACF curated a week-long event-filled residency at The Mandrake Hotel in Paris that encapsulates their ethos of taking cultural influence from around the world and only staying still long enough to create. There, Lambert and Maidoh presented an installation, live musical performances and DJ sets, a film screening and a pop-up shop leading up to Fashion Week. The residency also showcased the duo's latest collaboration with London mainstay Fred Perry.

El Charro Negro will still be showcased in Paris at another location from June 18 to 23. Keep up with ACF on Instagram to stay tuned for details.

Check out our favorite images from the collection below.

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Nonso Amadi & Kwesi Arthur's 'Comfortable' Will Get You In Weekend Mode

Watch the trippy new music video for this link-up from the buzzing Nigerian and Ghanaian artists.

Nonso Amadi is one of the standout acts from a young wave of Nigerian musicians blending afro-fusion with RnB and much more. He's now dropping the brand new single "Comfortable," an addictive self-produced track that sees him linking up with bubbling Ghanaian act Kwesi Arthur, which we're premiering below today.

"Comfortable" is built on woozy synth keys and sparse beat work, all spearheaded by Nonso Amadi's vocals about wanting freedom in a relationship.

"The song is inspired by experiences with having a girl over and not wanting them to get too comfortable by staying too long with you," says Nonso Amadi. "I thought it'll be interesting to create a song around this 'cos it's not a perspective were used to hearing from guys very often."

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Maleek Berry Makes a Statement with His First Track of the Year, 'Flashy'

And the music video follows suit.

After months of anticipation, Maleek Berry finally dropped his first track of the year, "Flashy."

The Nigerian crooner-producer surely makes a statement on the track while flexing his rapping skills, as he chronicles how he leveled up to be flashy—and it's well-deserved. The video shows us a scene of a fly photo shoot that's underway, where Maleek is dripping in gold and fancy cars surrounded by stunning black women and his homies—Eugy, Tinie Tempah, Juls and more.

Watch the video, directed by Capone and Guise of Vissionaire Pictures, below.

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