Yeezus 2

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Yeezus 2, also known as Lost Yeezus, is the unreleased sequel to West's 2013 album, Yeezus. Currently unreleased, it was set to be available to the public "for a 2014 release" [1].

Yeezus 2
Lost yeezus cover.png
Unreleased album by
Kanye West
RecordedNovember 2013 - September 2014
GenreHip-Hop
LabelGOOD Music
Kanye West chronology
Yeezus
(2013)
Yeezus 2
(2014)
So Help Me God
(2014)


Sessions and Recording[edit]

Background Information[edit]

The first mention of new music after the release of Yeezus was a radio interview conducted by West, towards the end of November 2013. In which he stated that he would have new music coming "next summer" and that he "had a remix with Miley Cyrus in the works". [2] We hear again from west in December 2013, with an interview with Jacques Herzhog. West says that his next album "will be 8 tracks". [3] The next mention of Yeezus 2, comes from Live Nation Australasia, with a statement made on April 1. This announcement stated 'that Kanye was pushing back his Australia tour dates to work on finish his new studio album' and that he would be pushing back his Australian tour dates [4]. Additionally, this is around the time an early version of the track All Day featuring rough vocals from West and Theophilus London and whistling and an acoustic melody from Paul McCartney began production [5]. There is also mention of a new Kanye project in an interview with Yeezus collaborator Rick Rubin with NME; in which new Kanye music is promised [6].

July 6, 2014 marks the beginning of the end of the Yeezus 2 name, with 20 tracks played at London’s Cafe Royal Hotel by West and "right-hand man" Virgil Abloh. All though no video footage survives, information gathered on KanyeToThe indicated that the tracks played sounded "dark, hellish and groundshaking" [7]. A GQ interview shortly after - July 21, 2014 - has West stating “I hope I can get one of these songs out in the next couple of weeks, just to have something up and running. But I think most likely September. I go back and forth. Like, should it be September or should it be October? Should it be November?”. Coincidently, this interview also states that All Day is almost finished (it should be noted at this point the track has a 2 Chainz feature. This has been leaked by Music Mafia). August of that year comes with the revelation that Paul McArtney is working with West on the new album. A Page Six article reveals that Piss on Your Grave is finished, and enough music is finalised to have an album. [8]. It is worth noting that this also means that an early version of Only One had been recorded. September of 2014 is thought to be the offical end of the Yeezus 2 name, with the release of Awesome, celebrating West's marriage to Kim Kardashian. The CDQ premiered in the Keeping Up With the Kardashians wedding special. Originally recorded during the Yeezus sessions, the song was updated for Yeezus 2. The final nail in the coffin of Yeezus 2 is a piece of writing by Theophilus London stating that the album was played 3 times to a crowd of 20 sometime before the 25th of September 2014.

"So shortly after this picture I Only remember kanye playing his new album 3 times in a dark room of 20 people last night and moshing drunk with mad babes haha. It almost seemed too good to be true that the new album was primed and ready to go…"

GOODMUSICINSIDER[edit]

KanyeToThe user GOODMUSICINSIDER held an AMA on August 19, 2014 [9] which revealed the following:

  • West has a song with The Weeknd and Drake (this can be assumed to be Tell Your Friends)
  • Yeezus 2 was being worked on at the latest early September 2014
  • All Day was being redone in Mexico (this version has finished lyrics and a Paul McCartney Verse)
  • One song "making the cut for sure" is Feedback (which was later released on The Life of Pablo)
  • Pusha T was a part of the Mexico sessions
  • West has a song with Chief Keef called Nobody
  • West has 2 songs with Young Thug from this time period
  • King Louie was in the studio at some point for Yeezus 2
  • There wasn't a current track listing, only a top 20 tracks. (this can be assumed to be a more finished version of the 20 played at the Cafe Royal Hotel)

Track listing[edit]

Screenshot of a Yeezus 2 tracklist from artist CyHi the Prynce.
  1. 333 (?) (2:11)
  2. MM (?) (2:13)
  3. When I See It (1:56)
  4. W (?) (2:59)
  5. Only One (4:16)
  6. After You (5:00)

Alternate Configurations[edit]

Mexico Sessions tracklist

Photo of the Mexico Sessions tracklist
  1. Man Up
  2. Tom Cruise
  3. Depiction of The Devil
  4. Never Lose
  5. You Ain't No Model
  6. After You
  7. Awesome
  8. Can't Get Down (?)
  9. Nobody
  10. Wandering

Potential Tracks[edit]

November 2013 - June 2014: Los Angeles[edit]

  • Black Skinhead (Remix) ft. Miley Cyrus and Travis Scott - November 2013
  • Only One- January 2014
    • This is an early version of the track, recorded when Paul McCartney first met with Kanye, assumed to be recorded at Windmark Studios, Santa Monica
  • Sanctified ft. Big Sean - Before February 2014
  • Tell Your Friends ft. Drake and The Weekend - March 2014
  • All Day ft. Various Artists- April 2014
    • An early version of the song, featuring rough versions of vocals, no McCartney verse, rougher beat and at one point a 2 Chainz verse
  • God Level - May 2014
  • Stand Up - May or June 2014
  • Piss on Your Grave - May or June 2014
    • Later given to Travis Scott for Rodeo; unknown features on this version
  • Be That Nigga - Before July 2014
  • Special - Before July 2014

July - August 2014: Mexico[edit]

  • All Day
    • Track was reworked in August, probably adding the McCartney guitar and whistling recorded in January
  • Awesome - Before August 2014
    • Updated version with Ty Dolla $ign and Charlie Wilson on backing vocals
  • Feedback - August 2014
  • Nobody ft. Chief Keef - August 2014
    • Later given to Chief Keef for his album of the same name
  • Tom Cruise - Before August 2014
    • Later given to Big Sean for Dark Sky Paradise, rumored that Travis Scott recorded a verse for a potential collaboration tape with Kanye, allegedly titled 'Amrosia'
  • Man Up