5 Things You Need To Know About Kanye West’s New Album

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Dropping a song a week on Twitter isn’t enough: We need a Kanye West album. Sure, “So Appalled,” “Devil In A New Dress” and all the other G.O.O.D. Fridays tracks that Kanye has released to fans, via his blog and Twitter, have been awesome. But we want something to have and hold–a full set songs to devour and argue about. Well, apparently, we won’t have to wait much longer, as Kanye is reportedly going to release his still-not-officially titled (though some think it will be called Dark Twisted Fantasy) album on Nov. 22.

Here are 5 things you need to know about one of the most anticipated albums of the year:

1. Kanye West’s new album has literally been a year in the making.
Kanye West told XXL Magazine that he began work on his fifth solo album on Jan. 1, 2010. The possible album of the year could be a year in the making! (OK, maybe it’s a little less than a year, but close.)

2. Kanye West’s new album will see him cleaning out his closet.
So far, what we’ve heard from Kanye has been largely full of swagger and confidence. But one of the reasons Kanye West resonates with so many people is his vulnerability. Expect some songs on the new album to touch on the passing of his beloved mother, his breakup with Amber Rose and maybe even the 2009 MTV VMAs incident with Taylor Swift.

3. Kanye West’s new album will see him make a return to his hip-hop roots.
After the goth-pop/hip-hop hybrid of 808s & Heartbreak, Kanye has promised a return to the old boom-bap, employing the talents of Golden Age producers like Pete Rock to help him craft a dusty hip-hop sound.

4. Kanye West’s new album will feature a who’s who of pop music talent.
From Rick Ross to Nicki Minaj to John Legend to Jay-Z to indie-rocker Bon Iver (who, according to an interview with Pitchfork, sang on upwards of 10 tracks), Kanye’s new album will feature some dazzling collaborations.

5. Kanye West’s new album will be an event.
Kanye West released “Power,” his “comeback” single, in the spring. Since then it’s been a steady succession of Twitter outbursts, officially leaked songs, a 2010 MTV VMAs appearance, random performances at Fashion Week and whatever else you can think of–all leading up to the release of this album. Drake has already called it “one of the best hip-hop albums of the last 10 years.” Expect nothing short of a national holiday when this thing finally drops.

November can’t get here soon enough! What are you hoping to hear on Kanye West’s new album? Let us know in the comments!