Kanye West Is Allegedly Pulling A Bon Iver For New Album
Bon Iver's Justin Vernon is one of Kanye West's favorite artists. They've collaborated together a handful of times, with Vernon adding his now-trademark digitized falsetto to Yeezy songs like "Hold My Liquor." Vernon's newest album as Bon Iver, 2016's 22, A Million, marked a sharp pivot for the project; it was more electronic than previous albums and riddled with West's influence. Now, it appears, the tables have turned.
A new report from TMZ claims West is "holed up in a Wyoming retreat at the top of a mountain to find his inspiration." He has been there for a couple weeks—allegedly, of course. How very Bon Iver.
Vernon famously made his debut album, 2007's For Emma, Forever Ago, isolated in the Wisconsin woods. This was due in part because of a nasty breakup and a bout of depression. The distance has been mythologized, which is a thing West, the self-proclaimed greatest living rock star on the planet, strives for.
G.O.O.D. Music artist Cyhi the Prynce confirmed that West has been working on the new album to Complex last month. West has since deleted his digital presence on both Twitter and Instagram. Take that information as you wish. Is Yeezy doing a digital cleanse or is he unplugging to focus on this new album at the top of a mountain in the great state of Wyoming? Who's to say. One thing's for sure: His creative process won't be distracted by much up there, building, as he sings alongside Vernon in "Lost In The World," "a still to slow down time."