Yandhi is an unreleased album by Kanye West, originally set to be released on September 29, 2018.
|Unreleased album by |
|Recorded||July 2018 - April 2019|
Sessions and Compiling
Recording sessions for Yandhi began in Chicago in July 2018, with West inviting many recording artists and prominent figures to his late mother's house.
For the Season 44 premiere of SNL, West was the musical guest, with Yandhi's release to coincide with the performance on September 29, 2018. West arrived in Uganda with around 50 people on October 12, 2018 and continued work on the album in the Chope Safari Lodge in at the Murchison Falls National Park in a dome-shaped studio that had been set up. He recorded music for 5 days. This version of the album was intended to be released on November 23, 2018.
In December 2018, Timbaland and jazz pianist Federico Vinver were recording in Miami, Florida when West joined their studio session to record more for Yandhi. Ant Clemons was also invited to record in Miami after West had talked to Timbaland about him "nonstop."
Allegedly, West had planned to announce the release date of the album at the Sunday Service Easter performance at Coachella on April 21, 2019. The announcement was meant to occur after Jesus Walks in the set list. However, during the performance of Ultralight Beam, West fell to his knees, and said he felt Jesus touching him. To some fans, this is when Yandhi had been scrapped.
Pre-SNL (September 2018) Picture
Somehow, a high resolution, up close photo of a whiteboard of tracks from just before West's Saturday Night Live performance was leaked by Twitter user ksxle, which also appears in the background of Season 16, Episode 2 "Kourtney's Choice" of Keeping Up with the Kardashians.
SNL (September 2018) , it is unknown exactly what the slashes signify
- Triple X (Storm)
- New Body
- Bye Bye Baby
- I Love It
- Last Name
- City In The Sky/Garden
- We Got Love
According to a now deleted tweet posted by UMG on September 30, 2018, the version of Yandhi that would have been released following West's September 29, 2018 performance on Saturday Night Live would have had 8 tracks rather than the 10 listed on the whiteboard, with all but one featuring Ant Clemons. Yandhi producer Bongo ByTheWay stated in a November 2018 interview with HipHop-N-More that the album was "pretty much done last time around." 
Uganda/Black Friday (October 18, 2018) 
The following leaked "non-whiteboard" tracks were recorded by West in 2018-2019 and could have ended up on the final album.
- Cash to Burn -Before Feb. 2019
- Christ -Dec. 2018
- Cuban Link
- Don't Get 2 Excited
- Godzilla - Before Sep 29. 2018
- Jam 15
- Kill for Fun -Dec. 2018
- Law of Attraction -Sep. 2018
- Me Too
- My Eyes
- Oh Yeah
- Ozark -Dec. 2018
- Pulp Fiction
- Problem -Dec. 2018
- Shoot It
- Spread Your Wings -Dec. 2018 or Jan 2019
- Strapped Steph Curry -September 22, 2018
- Water -Before Mar. 2019
- We Free -Black Friday Yandhi
- We Free prod. Ronny J - Uganda sessions, June 1, 2019
- End Of It -Dec. 2018
SNL track list from this tweet: