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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 artistsAyub 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.

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Africa was Well Represented At The 2023 Grammys​

The West's biggest night in music started off with a bang, a snub, and a whole lot of shimmer.

Music's big night out brought out some of Africa's biggest and brightest to lend their glamour to the red carpet.

Here are the African musicians attending the 2023 Grammy Awards:

Tems

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The world belongs to Tems, baby! The Nigerian songstress becomes the first female Nigerian artist to win a Grammy award as she scooped her Best Melodic Rap Performance win alongside American rapper Future and Drake on their hit collab 'Wait For U'. Draped in a custom Viviane Westwood evening gown, the singer continues to break records as she adds the latest win to her abundant collection.

Trevor Noah 

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South African comedian Trevor Noah was tasked with keeping tonight's crowd entertained and in order during the ceremony at Los Angeles's Crypto.com arena.

Rocky Dawuni

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Ghanaian singer-songwriter Rocky Dawuni brought along his beautiful daughter Safiyah Dawuni to celebrate his nominated single "Neva Bow Down" featuring Jamaican Blvk H3ro. The two-time Grammy-nominated musician lost out on this year's award for Best Global Music Performance.

Yola 

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British-born Ghanaian Barbadian singer-songwriter Yola attends the award show for her work in the 2022 musical/drama hit Elvis.

Zakes Bantwini, Nomcebo Zikode, Wouter Kellerman

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Halala! South African threesome Wouter Kellerman, Zakes Bantwini, and Nomcebo Zikodeshowed up to snag this year's Best Global Music Performance award for their hit single "Bayethe." The collaborator's win set the internet ablaze as they beat Africa's Giant, Nigerian artist Burna Boy.

Doja Cat 

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Doja Cat is clearly having a ball with her fashion sense lately, this time, the "Woman" songstress channeled her inner femme fatale in a black leather look by Versace. The singer was nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, Record of The Year, Best Music Video, Best Rap Performance, and Best Solo Performance.

Eddy Kenzo

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Ugandan singer Eddy Kenzo waved the flag proudly this Sunday as he attended as the country's first Grammy nominee to date. The crooner missed out on this year's Best Global Music Performance award for his track "Gimme Love" with American rapper Matt B, but we trust the Masaka-born star will be back with a vengeance.

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